Including the Parish Church, there are eighteen buildings in the parish listed by the Department of the Environment as being of special architectural or historical interest.
The grades (different in Scotland and Northern Ireland)
The buildings are graded to show their relative architectural or historic interest:
- Grade I buildings are of exceptional interest
- Grade II are of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them
- Grade II* are particularly important buildings of more than special interest
- Listing currently protects 500,000 or so buildings, of which the majority - over 90% - are Grade II.
One or two further details may be added from local knowledge. A former owner of Steele Farmhouse has told of large caches of drink bottles being found in the grounds and has suggested a secret ale house used during the time when early Methodism had declared war on intoxicating drinks.
Burdenwell Manor was formerly known as Burnwell Manor; the name was changed when new owners came in shortly after the end of World War II. The house contains a reputed priests’ hole and there is an alleged underground passage connecting with the churchyard.
There are in the village other old houses not listed at present. Just off the Square is a small building now called “Chyvean’, said to be over 350 years old and known to have been a former ale house and subsequently a Methodist chapel. At the bottom of the hill leading out of Week Green is a splendid old house called ‘Corys’ which may well have been a farm house in the days when there were still farms in the heart of the village.
At the top of the same hill is ‘The Cottage’ which now incorporates two old cottages. Half-way down on the other side is Wentworth House, the stately former rectory, probably Georgian, with its former stables now (1993) housing a small honey producing business.
In the Lower Square is Red Lion House, formerly a public house and later a shop, Box Tree House once a farm and Sea View Farm, about the last remaining working farm right in the village.
A number of houses which appear to be 20-century builds may well be much older houses disguised under modernisation too thorough for the purist. The whole area is rich in potential gems.
Acknowledgement: "A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF WEEK ST. MARY" by Miss D. J. Matthews