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Shendish Manor :-
Venue type Hotel
Venue type Restaurant
Venue type Manor House
Venue type Sporting Venue
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 5
Function room names and capacities: The Longman Suite 100 civil ceremony and 90 for sit down meal.
The Dickinson Suite 50 civil ceremony and 40 sit down meal.
Gaezebo (outside) 150 civil ceremony
The Apsley Suite 400 civil ceremony and 280 sit down meal with dance floor and DJ
The Orangery Restaurant
Guests rooms available: 70
Honeymoon suite available: 2
Garden suitable for marquees: Manor Gardens
Choice of wedding breakfast menus yes
Alcohol License yes
Toastmaster Available Yes
Entertainment Available Yes
Dedicated wedding planner available Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Yes
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted Yes
Dance Floor Yes
Evening Reception Facilities Yes
Car Parking Facilities Yes
Ideal Honeymoon Venue
Wedding services provided: Wedding Co-ordinator on hand to help with any wedding enquiries.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Yes The Dutch gardens and grounds are perfect for enjoying your drinks reception and an ideal location for having your photographs taken, before your guests enjoy the wedding breakfast.
Venue special features: Our outside Gaezebo in The Manor House Gardens is licensed for civil ceremonies.
18th century Manor House
Venue History: The origins of the Shendish name go back to Norman times, when William the Conqueror's brother is believed to have sub-let the farmhouse which was on the site to one Ralf de Chenduit, whose surname gradually became corrupted over time to the current Shendish pronunciation.
It remained a farmhouse, with some 300 acres, for centuries, until in 1853 it was acquired by Charles Longman, who had inherited a fortune from the publishing company of the same name and who was at that time a partner in a paper-making business with John Dickinson.
Charles had the farmhouse demolished and the present Shendish Manor erected on the site. The land owned by the family increased to some 500 acres over the next few years.
It remained in the Longman family until the 1930's, having been used during the first world war as an army camp through which some 20,000 soldiers passed.
It eventually passed to one Henry Longman, who set about selling off much of the land, which had grown at one point to an estate of over 1,300 acres, until in 1936 the house and remaining 90 acres were acquired by the John Dickinson Company.
It became the headquarters for the Dickinson Guild of Sport and was used as a sports and social club for the company's employees until 1994, when it was transformed into one of Hertfordshire's leading conference and banqueting venues, now in 150 acres, including a top-class hotel and golf course.
Other information.: Our par 70, 18-hole golf course is both challenging and enjoyable, featuring a mix of hazards through parkland and woodland copses. We offer year-round golf on permanent tees and greens due to the unique position above chalk sub-strata. This is the perfect place for your guests to unwind before or after your big day.
WHY IT BECAME "BAD LUCK" FOR THE GROOM TO SEE BRIDE BEFORE THE CEREMONY
Until relatively recently, brides were considered the property of their father. Their futures and husbands were arranged without their consent. The marriage of an unattractive woman was often arranged with a prospective groom from another town without either of them having ever seen their prospective spouse. In more than one instance, when the groom saw his future wife, usually dressed in white, for the first time on the day of the wedding, he changed his mind and left the bride at the altar. To prevent this from happening, it became "bad luck" for the groom to see the bride on the day of the wedding prior to the ceremony.
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