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For all your unique specifications we have a highly experienced events team who will work with you to plan your special day. From a fabulous choice of cuisine to suit your individual requirements, to arranging your entertainment and stylising your day. Our aim is to make your day, one you will always remember.

 

History

 

The Hall

This Grade II listed building was built in 1675; since then, only four families have owned the house. Present owners Shawn and Trudie Baker bought the 9 bedroom house in 2004 from the Lloyd family, who were famous in banking and steelmaking.

The house was built in limestone with a fishscale tiled roof. In the 19th century renowned architect L M Gotch helped design alterations to the hall. In the mid 20th century the Victorian west wing was demolished. It is described as ‘a fine country mansion’.

 

The Grounds

The impressive grounds cover over 50 acres which back onto the ancient woodland of Pipewell Woods, which form part of Rockingham Forest. The focal point is the large lake with seven bridges. There are also well established Knot, Herb, Rose and Kitchen Gardens. The tranquil grounds are adorned with many species of trees including the largest variegated maple in the country.

 

History of Pipewell

Pipewell is a small rural hamlet in Northamptonshire with some 20 houses. It is mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086 where it is recorded as ‘Pipewelle’. Today locals pronounce it as ‘Pipwell’.

In the 12th Century Richard I, The Lion King, held his Midland Parliaments in Pipewell.

In 1143 a Cistercian Abbey was founded by William Butevilain in part of Rockingham Forest where Pipewell now stands. The monks were self-sufficient with their own infirmary, brew-house, bakery, granary, kitchens, warming house, gardens and fishponds. They also created watermills on Harper’s Brook and a windmill, one of the first to appear in England.

The monks tended to the poor, old and sick and were well known for their kindness. Sadly during the reign of Henry VIII the abbey was pulled down. At the Dissolution it had a revenue of £347. Following the Dissolution the site was granted to Sir William Parre, who intended to demolish the house, but before he could do so the property was looted by the locals. Demolition took place soon after and was completely destroyed by 1720.
The stone was used to build many grand houses in the area including Pipewell Hall.

Today there are no remains of the Abbey although the site where it once stood has been declared a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Pipewell is a conservation area, thus preserving its natural beauty.