We will be opening the vaults at Hirst Priory for our Sunday 29th October Wedding Fayre.
Work started this week to clear the centuries worth of dust and cobwebs and make safe some of the 18th Century features that do not fit well with today’s more informed practices, (rusty meat hooks at eye level look great but are not good for the unwary). We will be admitting visitors for an early look at what is a stunningly atmospheric part of Hirst Priory that we are looking to make available in the near future for very special themed parties, events and weddings.
The Hirst Priory vaults are 18thC brick and sit partly submerged under the oldest part of the house. Their purpose originally was for the preparation and hanging of game, a natural larder kept at a regular cool temperature throughout the year. There is a central tunnel with five off shoot rooms and a wine store we will be using as a service point. We have yet to complete the full logistical calculations but depending on the theme we believe it will comfortably accommodate 30 – 40 guests for sit down food service.
The Hirst Priory vaults have been used on several occasions for exceptionally stylish photo shoots and a small number of fantastic wedding images. We will not be changing the look of the vaulted brick very much at all, but introducing subtle lighting and flexible furnishings that can be adapted easily to match individual personal choices.
It is the perfect setting for people looking for a scene setting backdrop for steam punk or gothic weddings and events. Murder mystery, historic banqueting and highly atmospheric casino and cocktail nights are just a few thoughts that immediately spring to mind and with access directly to and from the gardens it is a uniquely inspiring option.
Please note at this early stage of development and due to the nature of the historic building we do not currently have wheelchair access to this part of the building. All access is via steps or stairs and toilets are situated upstairs on the ground floor.