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Rooms from £75 per night (single)
At The Old Rectory of St James we provide a range of named toiletries, Wenlock Spring Water and Rosemary’s homemade biscuits with our compliments; plus luxury towelling dressing gowns, fresh white towels and fresh flowers all designed to make your stay as comfortable and memorable as possible. In each room there is a Freeview flat screen television with integral USB and HDMI ports. WiFi is available in each room and throughout the Guest House.
Room Price: From £105 per night
The Besselow is a delightful, generously proportioned double bedroom with King size bed, retaining many of its original features.
It has a large luxury ensuite Bathroom with views over the garden and St James Church.
John de Besselow Rector of Stirchley 1382-1400 – A rector on the move.
John de Besselow was presented by the Crown as the rector of Stirchley on 23 October 1382 during the turbulent reign of King Richard II. He belonged to a family who were the lords of the manor of Beslow near Shrewsbury from the time of the Domesday Book. John lived in a Rectory almost certainly on the present site, although that building is now long gone. John died in September 1402.
Room Price: From £97 per night
A large, light and spacious double room with a King size bed. It is decorated in a calm colour pallette to reflect the relaxing ambience of this room and making the most of its lovely early Victorian proportions. It has a good sized ensuite with bath and shower (in bath).
Roger Clayton Rector of Stirchley 1792-1827 – An educated man
Although substantial building work had been carried out on the Rectory in 1783, by 1817 the condition of the main 3-storey block had deteriorated to the extent that Roger was given leave to live elsewhere while repairs took place.
Roger Clayton resigned his post in 1827 after 48 years as rector, by which time he must have been well into his seventies.
Hunt Painter William
Two Persons: From £92 per night (£75 single)
This room along with its neighbouring room Hunt Painter – Jane, is in the oldest part of the house with honey coloured exposed beams and glorious views over the garden and Church. The room has been decorated to reflect the “country living” profile of the Guest House. This is a twin bedded room with ensuite Shower Room.
William Hunt Painter Rector of Stirchley 1894-1909 – Victorian rector and botanist
William was appointed to Stirchley in 1894 and is recorded in the 1901 Census aged 65 living at the Rectory with his wife Jane and two domestic servants, Agnes Timmins and Emma Evans. William was a keen amateur botanist and discovered one of the rarest plants in the world, named plant Painter’s Fumitory after him, one of the very few plants considered endemic to Britain.
Hunt Painter Jane
Two persons: From £90 per night (£75 single)This room along with the Hunt Painter – William room, is housed in the oldest part of the house with exposed honey coloured beams and glorious views over the garden and Church. It has been decorated to reflect the “country living” profile of the Guest House.
This room has a double bed and Private Bathroom opposite, with bath and Shower (in bath).
Jane Hunt Painter – The Rector’s wife 1894-1909
Jane Stamps of Birmingham was the wife of William Hunt Painter whom she married at Kings Norton in 1871.
After the death of Jane’s father, her mother Louisa Stamps came to live with the couple and was energetic in Sunday School activities. A tablet in the church commemorates her life 1814-1897.
She was laid to rest with her husband and alongside her mother in the churchyard close to the Rectory wall.