Tudor hall will feature on wedding TV programme

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THE manor house of a former country estate will be featured on a television show about the best place to get married.

Hengrave Hall, which used to be home to a religious community, has been chosen as one of the 30 best wedding venues in the UK by Wedding TV.

The grade 1 listed Tudor building will feature in the episode being aired on March 25 at 7.30pm on Sky 266 or Freesat 400.

Directors of the venue Mary Swenson and Hannah Bibby launched their weddings venture 18 months ago after the historic hall was sold and the new owner David Harris applied to redevelop parts of the building.

Today its magnificent architecture is a stunning backdrop for weddings and conferences.

The hall was originally home to Sir Thomas Kytson, a cloth merchant and Sheriff of London who spent 13 years building the hall after starting work in 1525.

Queen Elizabeth 1 stayed there and in World War One the annex was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers.

Much of the hall was remodelled in 1775 and its private chapel boasted a rare 16th century stained glass window which was restored some years ago.

The hall had 35 bedrooms and for a time was run by the religious order Sisters of the Assumption and served as an ecumenical and conference centre.

A wedding viewing day is also being held at Hengrave on Sunday, March 21.