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The village of Ellingham is in the northeast of Northumberland and was once the centre point of an ancient barony that stretched from the Scottish Borders to Jesmond in Newcastle-Upon Tyne. This barony belonged to the family of Grenville during the reign of Henry I. There are records of an early building on the site of Ellingham Hall, however it wasn’t until the 19th Century that the structure you can recognise today came into existence. This Hall was built by and became the home of Sir John Haggerston Bart. Later, Edward Haggerston and his wife Mary, upon residence, further enlarged it.
Since then, the Hall has had a number of unusual uses. During the Second World War the land girls dug over what were the tennis courts to provide food, and the reception rooms and Chapel were used as a storage base for tea and flour.
The next change came with a Preparatory School for boys aged 5 to 18 in 1955 where lessons were taught in the front rooms, and the boys slept in dormitories on the top floor. The school ran until 1984 when the Hall was later bought by two property developers who planned to turn it into eight flats. However, these plans fell through, and the Hall stood empty and was subjected to vandalism and theft for several years.
Being left open to the elements the Hall began to decay, lead was stripped from the roof, cast iron baths were thrown from the second-floor windows into the arms of scrap dealers, and much of the beautiful Victorian masonry was destroyed. However, in 1995, the Hall was bought by its current owners who spent the next ten years restoring and renovating the building to its former glory, and it stands today as an award-winning wedding venue and a testament to great British workmanship over the centuries.
“From first viewing Ellingham Hall on a virtual tour during lockdown to our wedding weekend the whole planning process was made so easy. Special thanks to Wendy for being so responsive to my many emails back and forth! Thank you to Charlotte and Charlie and the rest of the Ellingham Hall team who worked hard behind the scenes to make everything run seamlessly the whole weekend! We knew as soon as we visited Ellingham Hall it was the wedding venue of our dreams and even better that it could be exclusively ours for us to enjoy for the full weekend! Our guests absolutely loved it and we were all made to feel at home there for the entire time. The wedding breakfast food also got fantastic reviews from our guests with many saying it was the best wedding food they had ever had! We had the most amazing weekend at Ellingham Hall and wish we could relive it all again.”
Michelle & Andrew Farman, 1st October 2022
“Our Wedding was everything we wanted and so much more, the team at Ellingham Hall are incredible. We had the most amazing weekend, it was beyond our expectations and a huge part of that was Ellingham Hall and the amazing team. We’ve had so many wonderful comments about the venue and staff I could talk about it all day.”
Claire & Ryan Morris, 5th August 2023
“I booked a lunch party at Ellingham Hall for a very discerning group comprising of generous supporters of a local charity. We were 27 people and we enjoyed a Champagne reception before a delicious three course lunch. Wendy and her team could not do enough for us, our every request was granted. Dietary requirements were very efficiently and creatively dealt with and the result was a most enjoyable event at a price I was very satisfied with. I would definitely use Ellingham Hall again for a function like this.”
“First of all, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the 3 best days of our lives. We can’t put into words how perfect our wedding was – thanks to you. Thank you for patiently answering all our questions, for thinking of every single detail, for picking up the phone a few days before the wedding, making sure we wouldn’t change our minds ???? For making us feel part of the Ellingham Hall family and for making our wedding day perfect.
We couldn’t have asked for more and can truly say it was more beautiful than we expected. You are an amazing team who made us feel so comfortable and allowed us to make memories we’ll never forget. When we were looking for a box to send the letter, cards, and flowers, we came across the box in which we received our wedding rings and it seemed like the perfect option to post everything. Again, thank you for making our day perfect!”
Franziska & Aaron Marshall, 1st June 2023
“What stands you out from the rest is how pleasant and accommodating your staff are. What a team! Literally a flawless couple of days. I recommended you to Rosie and will be sure to continue recommending you to other family and friends. I would also add that the food was spectacular. The evening buffet is always lovely but the wedding breakfast was amazing. Thanks again for making her day so special” – Rob Marshall, Brother of the Bride
Rosie & Jiaxing Ma, 8th August 2023
“The venue was immaculately presented and very welcoming. Easy to find just off the A1, with plenty of parking next to the meeting rooms and closer space to unload equipment. The area provided for breakout/coffee/lunch had plenty of room and was a relaxed environment, which gave delegates the chance to meet each other before the conference. The food and drink was plentiful, and of a good standard. The meeting room itself was well equipped and a nice size for our group, not to feel crowded, but also not lost as can happen in large rooms. The staff were on hand all day and happy to help with any of our requests.”
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