Wedding This Summer at Croyden Hall
Wedding This Summer at Croyden Hall, Somserset. Alison & Chris married this summer at Croyden Hall, Somerset. A family weekend wedding of Chris & Alison at this stunning Croyden Hall, Somerset wedding venue with beautiful garden features, an Italian garden with various water features and a stunning view. It was very much hands on for family members as their arrived Friday night for a quiz night followed by a stunning wedding the following day which ended with a Carly dance night, who could ask for more.
In 1198 the Croydon Estate was home to a community of Cistercian monks, part of Cleeve Abbey. Since the departure of the monks, the site of Croydon Hall has seen a variety of uses from a feudal farm to a residential school for girls. An even wider variety of residents have passed through the grounds, including a magistrate who possibly used the property as a courtroom, to war time evacuees and, of course, the eccentric German Count. It was the latter who was responsible for many of the beautiful garden features which include the Italian garden and the various water features that can be found within the grounds.
The exact date that the present house was built, and who built it, is not known. It may be that in the second part of the 19th century, the original farmhouse was found to be too primitive so the owners decided to replace it with a classic Victorian house.
In 1907 the estate was sold to Count Conrad von Hochberg, a cousin of the Kaiser and a member of the Royal House of Pless. He created a good impression with his good nature and generosity. The German aristocrat made many improvements to the house and garden; a sewage system was put in and the house was lit throughout with electricity powered by a private generator.
This elegant period in the life of Croydon Hall came to an abrupt end with the outbreak of the First World War. The Count was forced to leave the house in which he had invested so much and which he must have loved dearly. He is said to have given a last farewell party to his friends on the 24th of July, 1914. He may not have said goodbye to all his friends but he did to his flowers. It is reported that he went around gently touching his English roses, here and there stopping to inhale their scent or to snip off a dead bud.
He made one personal farewell. That was to the Rector of Old Cleeve, who he told that he was volunteering for service in Germany in the Red Cross. It is reported that he had tears in his eyes as he departed for the last time down the lane.