Sheffield Manor Lodge Weddings
Sheffield Manor Lodge Weddings is a relatively new venture and we loved it!!! In fact, we’ve loved the sound of this wedding and this venue from the start!! When Charlotte & Jon booked us last year, we had a little google of the venue and it looked fab, but the reality was better. We headed there in the morning before meeting up with the bride so we could have a good nosey around, meet the venue manager and generally get a feel for the place. The ceremony is situated on the site of a old manor, now in ruins but surrounded by the most beautiful wild flower meadows! The weather forecast for the day was terrible, so we just had to keep everything crossed for the outdoor ceremony!
We headed over to the Kenwood Hall Hotel to join Charlotte, the bride, with her mum and and all her bridesmaids and the 3 babies! It was a busy room with hair and make-up too! Everyone was in great spirits, mum was just hilarious and time was passing super fast! Before they knew it they were running a bit late and it was time to get dressed!! When we arrived at Sheffield Manor Lodge, the rain was holding off and everyone was seated for the outdoor ceremony and Charlotte and her bridal party took the long but beautiful walk through the wild flower meadows to the Turret House for a beautiful ceremony!!
All the guests had a lovely time, chatting and relaxing in and around the ruins, there was a horsebox bar and a drinks station and the caterers were keeping everyone topped up with deliciouus canapés. Then the lovely walk to the manor house for the wedding breakfast and some great speeches! Charlotte’s mum sang them the first dance song and we even managed to get out for the sunset – what a perfect end to the day!
Many thanks to Chaneice from the venue, and Lucy from Inner City weddings for helping us and running the day so well!!!
Here are just a few of our favourites from the day while we work on your full gallery!!!
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Sheffield Manor Lodge, also known as Sheffield Manor or locally as Manor Castle, is a lodge built about 1516 inside what was then a large deer park. It was built as a country retreat for George Talbot, the 4th Earl of Shrewbury. He was known as a great warrior under Henry VII and Henry VIII and was a very powerful man in his time.
When the divorce question came on King Henry’s ‘Great Matter’, Shrewsbury supported it and gave evidence at Queen Katherine of Aragon’s trial. He also signed the letter to the pope urging him to grant the divorce. He also signed the articles against Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and when Wolsey was arrested for treason and brought south from York for his trial, arriving four days later at the Manor Lodge of the Earl where he stayed for eighteen days. He was treated kindly by the Earl and his family, who tried to make his stay as comfortable as possible.
The Turret House
Today the remains of Sheffield Manor Lodge include parts of the kitchens, long gallery, and the Grade II* listed Turret House (also called “Queen Mary’s Tower”), which contains fine sixteenth-century ceilings. Some evidence points to the Turret House being built by 1574, when the Earl of Shrewsbury’s accounts record payments for masonry work on the “Tyrret” at Sheffield Manor. It has three storeys of two rooms. The stair at one corner rises above the building onto the roof. This seems to have been designed as a viewing platform and is comparable with the “Hunting Tower” at Chatsworth House.
After Sheffield Manor fell into the hands of the Duke of Norfolk, it was neglected, sold to tenant farmers, and largely dismantled in 1706. In 1953 the Duke of Norfolk Estate leased the site to Sheffield City Council for 999 years. In 2004, the site was given Lottery Funding to restore the Turret House and develop the site as a visitor attraction.
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