The Manse, or ‘The Limes’, was the original home of the incumbent of the Congregational Church, which was then in West Street. It was built in grand Colonial style, the front door being framed by fluted wooden pillars; however the main core of the house was wattle & daub with render over it.
In 1927, the Rev. G.H.Crisp felt that a new image within the community was necessary and a Manse would give substance and dignity to his office. He said that he wanted the pillared Manse in the High Street or he would resign. He stayed for 3 years but it remained as property of the Congregational Church until 1939.
The Congregational Church purchased the ‘Gardener’s Cottage’ now ‘The Folly’ in 1956, and that then became the new Manse until 1970 when the Church purchased a property in Elm Grove.
The Manse is a Grade II listed building and is now a private house.
Sources: ‘Wivenhoe Congregational Church’ Booklet produced in 1966.