The poet William Cowper was born in the rectory in 1731.
JOHN WESLEY (1703-1791), English divine, was born at Epworth Rectory on the 17th of June (O.S.) 1703.
On February 9, 1709, the rectory was burnt down, and the children had a narrow escape.
The Rectory Tower, a turreted gate-house of brick, dates from c. 1495.
the livings of Great Baddow, Essex, and of Wokey, Somerset, which he had received in 1546, and was presented in 1552 by the dean and chapter of Canterbury to the rectory of All Hallows, Lombard Street, London.