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Bourton Hall is part of Country House Weddings Ltd, a family-owned and run wedding venue group that has collectively held over 10,000 weddings in its six exclusive-use venues since its conception. The chairman and founder, Harry Bramer, still presides over the business today, with the help and support of his family and an accomplished team, all of whom are dedicated to one thing: your perfect wedding.

The first prominent owner of the Bourton Estate where Bourton Hall currently stands was Sir Humphrey Stafford of Grafton. Sir Humprey took part in the War of the Roses on the Yorkist side, fighting with King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Sir Humphrey, and his brother, Thomas Stafford, joined by Lord Lovell, went on to lead the Stafford and Lovell Rebellion in 1486, hoping to restore the Yorkist Monarch. Unfortunately, the rebellion was quashed, and Sir Humprey was executed by King Henry VII shortly thereafter.

The estate was temporally forfeited to King Henry VII, and then returned to the Stafford Family in 1515, before being sold to the John Shuckburgh in c1590. The Shuckburgh family had risen to prominence as Sheep farmers in the early & late Tudor period, and also owned Birdingbury Hall and Shuckburgh Hall, where the family still resides today. At the end of the 18th century, John Shuckburgh (d 1837) set about building a plain but substantial 3-storied mansion, which has survived as the core of the house that stands today. The house was planned in a similar style to an Italian Villa, with a central wood-carved staircase, lit by cupolas, and two canted bays for the main reception rooms, either side of the main entrance.

The Shuckburgh family remained in residence at Bourton Hall until 1906, when James Frederick Shaw acquired the Hall in 1906. Shaw commissioned Charles Armstrong of Warwick to renovate the house, further adorning it with Italianate features, such as the exterior urn-capped balustrade and the substantial Roman Catholic Chapel that we see today.

The house ceased to be a private residence in 1942, transitioning into a rest home for Jesuit Priests, followed by a school, then a grain store, before being bought for office space by Ingersoll Engineers in 1981. Today, Bourton Hall is owned by Country House Wedding Ltd, and forms the perfect backdrop for wedding day dreams to come true.

The history of Bourton Hall

Sir Humprey Stafford takes residence - Mid 15th Century

Sir Humphrey Stafford of Grafton marries Elizabeth Burdet and becomes heir of Bourton Hall.

Sir Humphrey is executed - 1486

Sir Humphrey is executed for his part in the Stafford & Lovell uprising, and the hall is temporalily forfeited to King Henry VII, before being returned to the Stafford family in 1515.

Shuckburgh Era begins - c1590

John Shuckburgh buys the estate from the Stafford family.

Bourton Hall as we know it - End of 18th Century

John Shuckburgh sets about building a plain but substantial 3-storied mansion – the core of which survives today.

James Frederick Shaw - 1906

Shaw acquires the Hall and commisions Charles Armstrong of Warwick to renovate the house, adding additional Italianate features including the substantial Roman Catholic Chapel.

Wedding bells ring - 2020

Today, Bourton Hall is owned by Country House Wedding Ltd, and forms the perfect backdrop for wedding day dreams to come true.

Bourton Hall becomes the most recent addition to the Country House Weddings portfolio, joining Holmewood Hall, Leez Priory, St Audries Park and Clearwell Castle, and Gosfield Hall. To learn more about Country House Weddings, click here.

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