The Old Rectory
Until 1976, Mulbarton Rectory was a large house in Rectory Lane. According to a monument in the chancel of Mulbarton Church it was built in the 1720s. This monument is to George Gay, Rector 1721-28, who died in 1728, and his wife, Elizabeth, who died the following year. His memorial tablet has a long Latin inscription, part of which translates as:
'Calmly he passed away but he did not yield to death until, at his own personal charge, and that a great one, he had built up from its foundations the residence of the Rector; Whosoever thou art who readest this, being the unhappy master of a residence in ruins, be up and doing, bear in mind this praiseworthy piety and do thou likewise.'
It is likely that George Gay added a large Georgian extension onto an existing house. Whether this was an earlier rectory or not we do not know - it is a surprising long way from the church.