Bury St Edmunds
tel:- +44 1284 768 024
web address:- www.hengravehall.co.uk
Hengrave Hall :-
Venue type - Manor House
Venue type - Historic Building
Venue type - Stately Home
Number of function rooms available for weddings: Four main function areas plus a Church on site.
Function room names and capacities:
Banqueting Hall - 140 for a civil ceremony ie theatre style seating
Long Gallery - maximum of 136 for a wedding reception
Dining Room - maximum of 60 people
Library - maximum of 20 people
Guests rooms available: 15 bedrooms
Honeymoon suite available: Yes
Garden suitable for marquees: Yes
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
Tables chairs linens and tableware included
Entertainment is available: Disco or band by arrangement
Wedding services provided: Hannah Bibby our dedicated venue assistant will assist with all aspects of planning your wedding at Hengrave. Hannah will deal with your enquiry from the first phone call or email through to the day itself ensuring that you have one dedicated point of contact. In addition there will be an event manager on the day who will oversee all aspects of the day itself including meeting and liaising with you and your suppliers and ensuring that quality and timings are maintained throughout the day.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Hengrave Hall is surrounded by fifty acres of private parkland and the immediate gardens include a lake complete with lakeside swing and enchanting tree lined lakeside path, meadows and orchards, formal gardens, a terrace and a pretty church garden.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: All events at Hengrave Hall are arranged on an exclusive basis and as such all of the interior areas are suitable for wedding photography. These areas include a sublime internal courtyard, the function areas detailed above as well as the Queen Elizabeth chamber where the bride and her bridesmaids can prepare and the Blue Chamber being the groom and ushers preparation area. All internal areas are flooded with natural sunlight and even the corridors make fantastic back drops for photographs.
Venue special features: Hengrave Hall is licensed for civil and church weddings and is available on an exclusive basis only. There are numerous different function areas both inside and outside allowing couples an entirely bespoke wedding. With fifteen bedrooms on site couples can enjoy their whole day in one location.
Venue History: Built in 1525 by a wealthy cloth merchant, Thomas Kytson, the Hall is a stunning example of the great architecture of medieval England and took almost thirteen years to complete.
Composed of brick and stonework, its structure reveals the Roman influence over the Tudors and, despite its fifteenth-century embellishments, certain features disclose its Saxon origins, such as the church tower just east of the Hall itself.
Every corner of Hengrave holds an enviable tale: in 1578, Sir Thomas Kytson the younger entertained Queen Elizabeth on her progress to and from Norwich. Although it is rumoured that Kytson was somewhat compromised on the issue of religion and became an object of suspicion for a time to the Elizabethan court, Elizabeth herself was still charmed by her stay at Hengrave. It was during this momentous occasion that she was presented by her host with an undoubtedly rich jewel; in return, Queen Elizabeth knighted Thomas Kytson.
Many further tales across the centuries are to be unravelled in Hengrave s treasure-trove of secrets: a turbulent marriage; the invasion of Cromwell s soldiers; a daughter desired by three suitors and married to each in turn; a Baronet by Charles II; a page of honour to Louis XIV; the Canonesses of St Augustine; and a heritage lasting nine generations. In 1896, much of Hengrave was restored to its former splendour when Sir John Wood renovated the great Banquetting Hall, the chapel, the gallery and its summer parlour. He also built an annexe to replace the infamous de Hemegrave wing that was demolished in 1775. This annexe later served as a hospital during the First World War. In 1952, the Hall became the property of the Assumption nuns, who turned it into a boarding school for girls. The school was then closed in 1974, and Hengrave Hall was converted into an Ecumenical Retreat and Conference Centre.
Now, listed Grade 1 and esteemed to be of considerable architectural and historic importance, Hengrave Hall is a rich jewel itself in the heart of Suffolk s astounding countryside.
Honeymoon vacations local attractions: The venue is not available for honeymoons.
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