Choosing a Venue

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We have a number of venues to choose from:

Priory Hall

The Priory Hall

The Priory Hall is situated in what were the cloisters of the original Friary. You enter the Priory through the main door, which dates from the late Tudor or Jacobean period, into a small reception area before entering the main Hall itself. As you enter the Hall, there are stained glass windows to the left and front and to the right a series of French windows that open on to the riverside gardens.

The Conservatory

The Conservatory offers a bright and spacious interior with easy access to our riverside gardens. Although licensed for civil ceremonies, the Conservatory is ideal place for your wedding breakfast or reception and can accommodate up to 120 guests. It also provides an fun atmosphere at night when you can have up to 140 guests for an evening reception. The Conservatory was completely rebuilt during the extensive renovations in the mid-1990s.

Hadsley Room

The Hadsley Room

The Hadsley Room, part of the Lady Suite, dates from the 15th Century and is understood to have been the Abbot’s lodgings originally. It is situated on the first floor. It boasts a superb example of a crown post roof and has a vaulted ceiling. The large refectory table in this room, used by the Registrar to conduct the ceremonies, dates back to the 14th Century and is believed to be from the original Friary. The room is named after Robert Hadsley, who purchased the Priory in 1685; his family owned the Estate for the best part of 200 years.

Council Chamber

The Council Chamber

The Council Chamber is situated in the same wing as the Hadsley Room and is also available for civil ceremonies, although it holds no more than twenty people and is therefore for very intimate gatherings.

Riverside Suite

The Riverside Suite

The Riverside Suite, within Fletcher’s Lea, is also ideal as a larger venue for wedding receptions and celebration parties and can accommodate up to 160 guests for dining and 220 for a buffet setting. Fletcher’s Lea is a standalone building which affords exclusivity as all catering and bar facilities are housed within it. Additionally, there is a private terrace offering views over the River Lea as well as access to all the gardens within the Priory Estate.