The Old Rectory Stanley – Art Gallery: Historic Building

ART GALLERY

Housed in the original 1843 kitchen bakehouse at the rear of one of Stanley’s oldest residences, the gallery displays digital photographic art prints.

An eight colour printer is used to print on museum quality archival paper and card stocks.

Frames are recycled or refurbished and hand finished using eco-friendly paints, varnishes and waxes.

We use high grade, acid free mount board for the mats, which are bevel cut by hand.

These unique, framed artworks are available to purchase. We also have a range of small posters, A4 ready to frame prints, greetings cards, gift cards and bookmarks for sale. All of these are produced on site.

The gallery is open on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only, from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm from October to May.

Entry is at the rear of the property, via the picket gate on Cripps Street.

 

HISTORIC BUILDING

Situated on the corner of Pearse and Cripps streets, this 1843 built home is number 13 on the award-winning Stanley Heritage Walk, number 5 on the Stanley Visitors Centre town map and number 934 on the Tasmanian Heritage Register.

The house was built by the Van Diemen’s Land Company for its Church of England chaplain, Thomas Nattle Grigg. He, his wife Jemima, 7 children and, according to that year’s census, 3 servants moved in on 3 August 1843.

Built of bluestone with 36 cm thick exterior and interior walls, the house has been lived in since it was completed, making it one of Stanley’s oldest, continuously occupied homes.  Although modifications have been made over its long lifetime, the house retains its original walls and many of its 1843 fittings and features.

The property’s land extended as far as the old school and included the “Parson’s Acre” to provide grazing for Grigg’s horse. The extent of the allotment can be seen on John Lee Archer’s 1843 map of Stanley.

The land assigned to the Rectory was sold over time and, in 1985, the house was sold by the Church. It has been a private residence since then and is not open to the public.

However, visitors are welcome at the art gallery housed in the old kitchen at the rear of the property, during the gallery’s opening times.

This room contains three fireplaces and two windows that are among the oldest colonial windows in Tasmania. The same windows can be seen in the stable windows at Highfield House, having been brought out in the same shipment. The back of the gallery door has the initials “T.G.” stamped in two places.

Entry to the gallery is through the picket gate on Cripps Street.