Max and Rachael’s Pre-Wedding

Max and Rachael are getting married in June and had their pre-wedding shoot at Dunham Massey Hall, which is a National Trust Park based in the North West of England.

The present hall was built in 1616 by Sir George Booth, who received one of the first baronetcies to be created by James I in 1611; it was remodelled by John Norris for his descendant, George, 2nd Earl of Warrington between 1732 and 1740; it was further altered by John Hope towards the end of the 18th century and again by Joseph Compton Hall between 1905 and 1908. The hall, stables, and the carriage house of Dunham Massey are all Grade I listed buildings, three of six such buildings in Trafford.

Their wedding is at Shrigley Hall in Cheshire. We have not photographed a wedding there before but it looks great and it has a fascinating history.

The name of Shrigley Hall came from the original owners the De Shrigley’s. The Hall was passed down by marriage to the Downes family in the 14th century who resided on the estate for over 300 years. In 1818, the estate was sold to the former MP for Blackburn, William Turner, with the present hall built in 1825. William Turner had only one heiress, his daughter Ellen Turner. In 1826, whilst only fifteen years of age, she was at the centre of the one of the most outrageous cases of abduction that has been chronicled. On March 7th 1826, Ellen was taken away from her school at Liverpool on false pretences by Gibbon Wakefield. Gibbon Wakefield was a British Politician, which in someway is not surprising! They headed to Gretna Green where they wed. From there, they travelled to London and then on to Calais where Miss Turner was rescued by her uncle. Wakefield was tried at Lancaster on March 3rd 1827 where he was found guilty and sentenced to three years imprisonment. The scandal created huge press coverage throughout the country. Ellen, who later married Thomas Legh, died at the age of 19 after giving birth to their only child Ellen Jane. Ellen Jane inherited Shrigley from her grandfather and later married the Reverend Brabazon Lowther. The two lived at Shrigley Hall until he died on the 30th December 1877, with Ellen passing away in November 1906. Their son William subsequently inherited the estate. In 1929 the Hall was sold to the Salesians Order for £3000 and subsequently converted into a missionary college. The adjoining church was designed by famed architect Phillip Tilden and built in 1936 from stone quarried from the estate. The building was a shrine to Saint John Bosco. The college housed up to 200 male students at any one time. Many of the boys became priests or brothers and work all over the world, particularly in third world countries. Once the Salesians left the Hall in 1986, and moved to Savio House in Bollington village, work commenced to create what Shrigley Hall is today. In 1989 the doors of Shrigley opened for the first time as a hotel, spa and golf resort, with extensive wedding and conference facilities. Since 1994 it has been managed by various hotel groups and as of July 2017 Shrigley Hall is now an independently owned property.

It was a cool evening at Dunham Massey, but nice and quiet so we could explore the Park and the Hall without too many other visitors around. Really looking forward to their wedding, it will be fab and hopefully warmer.

If you are looking for a wedding photographer, please get in touch it would be lovely to hear from you.

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