Horsley Towers wedding photographers Surrey
Surrey Wedding photographer at Horsley TowersHorsley Towers, Ockham Rd South, East Horsley, Surrey KT24 6DU Phone: 0844 980 2310
A short history of Horsley Towers
Built in 1820 for the distiller and banker William Currie, this wonderful Victorian Gothic mansion was designed by the renowned architect Sir Charles Barry who most famously designed the Houses of Parliament. On the death William Currie in 1829 Horsley Towers was purchased by the First Earl of Lovelace and it became the marital home of Ada. Lady Lovelace (the daughter of the poet Lord Byron). Interestingly the Third Earl of Lovelace placed restrictive covenants on what were former fields surrounding Horsley Towers so when they were sold to property developers a vast proportion of the houses being large detached properties.
Horsley Towers later became the home of Sir Thomas Sopwith the famous pioneering aviator and inventor of the Sopwith Camel, a single-seat biplane fighter first used in 1917 during the First World War. In 1971 the building was used as a Defence staff training college and today this Grade ll listed building is run by the De Vere Group and includes modern accommodation at Horsley Court as well as conference facilities at Horsley Management Center.
Horsley Towers Surrey wedding photographer opportunities
Horsley Towers is a wonderful looking Victorian Gothic Surrey wedding venue set in 70 acres of Surrey parkland and wedding photography opportunities abound here. The impressive enclosed cloister area that leads to the beautifully ornate chapel is a great place to take the bridal couple for some romantic wedding photographs. The chapel itself is decorated in distinctive blue and white tiles whilst the spandrels (the triangular space between the arches) are embellished with paintings by an Italian artist and combined with the polychrome brick vaulting ribs provide a truly unique wedding photography setting.
Outside along with lawns and the picturesque lake is the eccentric Gothic building itself with its dramatic cylindrical towers, magical turrets and battlements and all constructed from a distinctive combination of flint and brickwork which provides a great backdrop for general informal reportage wedding photography as well as for the group wedding photographs.
Horsley Towers wedding function rooms
Inside there are further great opportunities for the wedding photographer: in addition to the dramatic staircase, great for all sorts of wedding pictures, is the large comfortable wooden panelled bar with its adjoining spill our room. Then of course there is grand and atmospheric Great Hall with it’s warm rich wooden panelling and complete with an array of over 150 coats of arms, it has a capacity of up to 110 seated wedding guests for both the ceremony and the wedding breakfast and for the wedding photographer is also viewable from above via a discrete balcony. The light and airy Sopwith Room is a nice alternative to the Great Hall, for either the wedding ceremony or wedding breakfast and it benefits from being bathed in natural light down one whole side.
It is worth noting that the entrance to Horsley Park is easily missed being via an almost hidden lane but once you get there you can gain access, via an intercom system, to a substantial car park up by the wedding venue.