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web address:- www.addington-palace.co.uk
Addington Palace :-
Venue type - Historic Building
Venue type - Stately Home
Number of function rooms available for weddings: 2 venues. The Palace & Royal Marquee
Function room names and capacities: Addington Palace - Seat 120/150 and holds max 300 guests.
The Royal Marquee - holds max 750 guests
Garden suitable for marquees: Fixed Marquee on grounds
Local accommodation.: We have a close relationship with both The Aerodrome Hotel (Purley Way) and Croydon Park Hotel (Croydon). Both hotels will offer competitive rates and transport to and from the venue.
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
Dance Floor - Yes
Evening Reception Facilities - Yes
Car Parking Facilities - Yes
Entertainment is available: Resident DJ
Wedding services provided: Addington Palace's wedding packages are designed to incorporate the exclusive hire fee for the venue, catering and refreshments. We only ever have one wedding each day in the Palace so that we can offer you and your guest's exclusive use of the venue and its grounds for your special day. This includes use of the Winter Garden, which is licensed for Civil Ceremonies.
The Royal Marquee is also available on a hire-only basis, allowing you to bring in preferred external caterers. The Marquee can be hired to cater for up to 750 guests. We will provide the furniture for the day, including tables for seating, trestle tables and chairs, as well as an Event Coordinator who will work with you to assist in the planning for the day.
Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Addington palace is set in 163 acres of landscaped gardens offering the perfect location for wedding photographs.
Suitable locations inside the venue for wedding photography: Both the Palace & Royal Marquee offer fantastic photographic opportunities.
Venue special features:
Two venues with the capability to hold between 50 and 750 guests
Exclusive use of either venue or the whole estate
Extensive Car Parking
Permanent Marquee with ability to accommodate 750 guests
Venue History: The beauty of a historic building is in the way it gathers stories over the centuries, which after and are reflected in the fabric of the building itself. The Addington Palace we know was built in the 1770s as Addington Palace, replacing the earlier manor house of the same name, home of the Leigh family. When Sir John Leigh died in 1737 a 40-year old legal battle ensued until the estate was eventually granted to his cousin, Anne Spencer, who sold it to Barlow Trecothik, Alderman of the City of London and Lord Mayor in 1770-1771. Trecothik engaged Robert Mylne as architect. The building, a Palladian-style mansion of two main storey plus mansard roof and a basement, was completed in 1778. To the north and south were single-storey wings with pavilions, each with a basement beneath.
In 1807 an Act of Parliament purchased the mansion and estate for the use of the Archbishops of Canterbury. Part of the finance came from the sale of the old Palace, in being "in so low and unwholesome a situation". Six archbishops lived in Addington Palace, five of them being buried in St Mary's churchyard. Archbishop Howley (1828-1848) increased the height of the wings bringing them level with the main building and extended them forward at ground level to create a chapel and a library. These changes made the house "comfortable rather than elegant".
Archbishop Benson was succeeded by Frederick Temple, who ended the long association with the Palace in 1898 by selling it and the grounds to Frederick Alexander English, a South African diamond merchant. English engaged Richard Norman Shaw to restructure the house. Shaw attempted to return to the earlier building outline by raising the front of the main Trecothik house by one storey, making the house much heavier. To create his magnificent Salon, Shaw had to enlarge the whole front portion of the main building in both length and depth to maintain proportion. An illusion of even greater height came from abandoning the mansard roof and raising the wall to enclose the third storey.
From 1952 to 1996 the Palace was the home of the Royal School of Church Music. And today, Addington Palace is a Grade II* listed building which has everything for the corporate and private event - history, comfort, elegance and standards of hospitality and cuisine which have already won the coveted 'Ambassadors for London' Award. Addington Palace has a pedigree, which is as rich as it is varied and is virtually unmatched by any other corporate venue. It is just 15 miles outside London, yet a million miles away in terms of tranquillity and hospitality.
Other information: We are located near to Croydon's town centre and only 12 miles from the centre of London. Addington Palace enjoys easy access to both Heathrow and Gatwick airports and has adequate, free onsite parking. There are frequent train services to East Croydon BR Station which links to the New Addington tram line. Gravel Hill tram stop is located at the bottom of our drive. Its location, set in beautiful grounds with splendid views on all sides, belies the fact that you are so close to the hustle and bustle. To hold an event here and experience our expert hospitality is to enjoy a stress-free day in stunning surroundings.
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