Crewe Hall Hotel & Spa is excited to announce that the exquisite chapel is now licenced to hold civil wedding ceremonies, in addition to the already impressive grounds.
The chapel dates back as far as 1656 boasting an array of stunning architecture.
Located in the heart of Cheshire, Crewe Hall Hotel & Spa is a Grade I listed Jacobean mansion originally owned by the influential Crewe family, The Chapel was built as a place of worship for the family and their staff.
Steeped in rich history, the chapel boasts twelve ornate stained-glass windows depicting the apostles, alabaster and marble carvings. On the altar floor, you can see the Crewe motto in the original gold leaf. The sacrarium arch setting off the whole is of alabaster and marble with incised patterning.
Back in the 17th century, when services were conducted in the original chapel, the Crewe family sat in their own pew in the gallery above which they entered through their own private door upstairs. The duties of the resident parson included the education of the Crewe’s children in addition to ministering to the spiritual needs of the family and their servants.
The weddings team at Crewe Hall are now taking bookings for civil ceremonies as well as non-religious events within the chapel. It’s a truly unique and special element to include in any event.
Ideal for intimate occasions, The Chapel can seat up to forty guests, with extra capacity for thirty-five guests standing – behind the pews and on the upper balcony.
Wedding receptions and larger celebrations can then be carried on within the hotel’s other historic spaces such as The Drawing Room, The Long Gallery or The Great Library.
With a whole realm of function suites available, this idyllic 17th-century mansion, with manicured grounds, elegant rooms and spectacular views; is made for unforgettable weddings.
David Rowley, General Manager of Crewe Hall, said: “This is a project we have been working on internally for some time, we are delighted it has come to fruition and are able to offer the opportunity to experience this stunning piece of history. The chapel is a beautiful and important part of the history of our hotel, and we are delighted to have couples say their special vows in the truly unique space.”
The Chapel is just one of many historical features. With one hundred and seventeen luxurious guest rooms, a spa, and a restaurant. As well as weddings, the hotel is a popular destination for family stays, spa breaks, conferences, meetings, and events.
For more information about weddings at Crewe Hall Hotel & Spa and ceremonies in The Chapel, please visit www.weddingsatcrewehall.love
The history of Crewe Hall
The site of the mansion dates back as far as 1170 and came into the Crewe Family in 1608; the mansion was in a very bad state of decay that in 1615 Sir Randolph Crewe had it demolished and re-built.
In 1866 the interior of Crewe Hall was very badly damaged by fire and was caused by one of the wooden beams under the fireplace in the long gallery catching alight. The rebuilding within the existing walls which survived the fire, was entrusted by Hungerford. Third Baron Crewe to Edward Barry; son of the architect to the Houses of Parliament. Edward Barry was the architect to many famous buildings such as Covent Garden Theatre, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, Charing Cross Station and was the architect in charge from 1860 – 1870 for final work on the Houses of Parliament. Hungerford Crewe could not resist the temptation to add a wealth of mid-Victorian ornamentation and stone was replaced by alabaster and marble; leaded panes gave way to stain glass windows and elaborate designs were executed in plasterwork.
The Chapel is one of the highlights of Crewe Hall, which itself is a memorial to Edward Barry’s creative designs and detailed attention to their execution – and which he personally regarded as the most satisfying commission of his career.
Prior to 1922 when the Crewe family left, there would have been around a hundred servants in the hall – it had one hundred and ninety rooms. There were twenty gardeners growing all the produce for the house in the three walled garden and there was the Home Farm which had approximately fifty farms and two hundred cottages in the immediate locality.
In 1931 Lord Crewe sold the Hall and the bulk of the estate to the Duchy of Lancaster in 1936.
In 1955 Her Majesty The Queen, together with the Duke of Edinburgh visited Crewe Hall in the capacity as Duke of Lancaster, whilst touring the Duchy Estates in Cheshire.
From 1939 – 1946 Crewe Hall was occupied by the War Department and many Australian, Canadian and American troops were housed in the Hall at various times throughout the last three years of military occupation. It was used as a prisoner-of-war camp for over 2,000 high ranking German officers.
Until 1998 Crewe Hall remained the property of Duchy of Lancaster, and, as such belonged to the Crown.
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