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Hanbury Hall :-
Tranquil gardens with a working Mushroom House, Orangery, and formal wilderness, excellent locations for wedding photography
Venue type Stately Home
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 3
Function room names and capacities: Main Hall - 80 for civil ceremony and 60 for seated dining
Sitting Room - 20 for civil ceremony
Dining Room - 45 for seated dining - 100 for relaxed buffet
Garden suitable for marquees: 1 marquee pitch available
Local accommodation: Many local B+B's avaialable - please enquire for further information.
Choice of wedding breakfast menus - Yes
Alcohol License - Yes
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies Yes
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted Yes
Car Parking Facilities Yes
Entertainment is available
Wedding services provided: We are able to help and guide clients through their plans. We are not wedding planners however our clients love the freedom of liasing directly with suppliers and planning their special day.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: There are 20 acres of stunning restored early 18th-century gardens that clients are welcome to use for photos.
History of Garden
Hanbury Hall was completed in 1701 by Thomas Vernon and is a fine example of a William and Mary-style house which is surrounded by 20 acres of a stunning recreated George London garden and 400 acres of park.
Keen to have an up to date and fashionable garden, Thomas employed the pre-eminent garden designer of the day, George London, to create such a garden which was to include all the elements associated with the formal style of gardening; a Parterre, Fruit Garden, Wilderness, Grove and Bowling Green. The garden remained as such until the 1770's when it was swept away as the fashions changed from the very formal to the natural landscape style.
In the mid 1990's with help from generous bequests and a European Union grant, the garden was carefully restored using the distinguished surveyor James Dougherty's 1731-1733 garden survey, the original plan, and archaeological work to confirm the garden design accuracy. Today the gardens are truly spectacular; from the beautiful intricately laid out formal parterre, fruit garden and grove to the bowling green, a visit to Hanbury Hall's garden is unforgettable.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: In the 3 rooms that are available for hire for weddings you are welcome to use flash photography.
Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: We also have 400 acres of park that you are welcome to use.
Venue special features: Magnificent wall paintings painted by Sir James Thornhill who also painted the dome of St Paul's cathedral.
The chance to dine in the beautiful dining room overlooking the park and to sit and relax in the sitting room.
Stunning gardens with intricate features.
Venue History: Hanbury Hall was completed in 1701 by Thomas Vernon and is a fine example of a William and Mary-style house which is surrounded by 20 acres of a stunning recreated George London garden and 400 acres of park.
In the house, come and marvel at the magnificent wall paintings that were painted by Sir James Thornhill which this year have undergone huge restoration work and look amazing.
Brightly colored veils were worn in ancient times in many parts of the world and were considered a protection against evil spirits Greek and Roman brides for yellow or red veils (representing fire) to ward off evil spirits and demons. At one time, Roman brides were completely covered with a red veil for protection. In early European history, with the advent of arranged marriages veils served another purpose - to prevent the groom from seeing the brides' face till after the ceremony was over. Brides began to wear opaque yellow veils. Not only could the groom not see in, the bride could not see out! Therefore, the father of the bride had to escort her down the aisle and literally give the bride to the groom. Nellie Custis, the daughter of Martha Washington, is credited with wearing the first lace veil.