Mediaeval setting for modern-day Cheshire Weddings

A BARN that was built when the War of the Roses was still raging has been turned into a wedding venue.

Arley Hall’s mediaeval Cruck Barn was built in 1469 – the year of the Battle of Edgecote Moor – and has stood proud in the estate’s grounds since.

Now Cheshire East Council has granted its owners, Lord and Lady Ashbrook, a licence to host wedding ceremonies in the timber-framed building.

“This is just the latest chapter in the barn’s long history on the Arley estate,” said General Manager Steve Hamilton.

“It provides an incredible backdrop for any wedding service and an historic twist for the ceremony.”

The barn is thought to have been built at the same time as the original hall and would have been used for agricultural purposes. At the time, the royal House of Plantagenet was embroiled in the War of the Roses against the houses of Lancaster and York.

Arley’s barn was built from a huge English oak trunk that was split down the middle to create each cruck. It was then jointed and assembled on the ground before being raised into position.

Corn sheaves would have been stored in the barn, which provided enough room for them to be threshed with flails during the winter.

In the 19th century its use was altered to that of a riding school and it became known as The Ride. A clock tower was also added in the 1800s and still chimes today.

“Couples can already get married in the hall and outside in the gardens so the Cruck Barn provides another option for a unique occasion,” said Arley’s wedding coordinator Shelagh Bebington.

You can call Shelagh on 01565 777353 or email

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