While Sir George Gilbert Scott was working with Henry Roberts, and on a visit to Gawcott in 1833, his father was appointed the Vicar of Wappenham in Northamptonshire, about eleven miles north of Gawcott. Scott says that ‘being too much engaged’, presumably with Roberts, to do a dilapidatious survey himself, he recommended Voysey, ‘who did this most efficiently’. In fact the survey was so efficient that his father had to build a new vicarage for Wappenham, and Scott got his first architectural commission. He went with his father to ‘reconnoitre’ and ‘supplied him with a very ugly design founded on one of Mr. Roberts’ plans & which his old builder Mr. Wilmore, took care to spoil and slight, as much as he thought necessary for his own purposes.’

The resulting building is a symmetrical two storey red-brick house, covered with a low pitched slate roof. It is typical of its period with Georgian double-hung sash windows and its only distinction must have been its formality and bright red brick-work in what was then a traditional stone-built village.

Scott’s Recollections, I 259.