Gosfield 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 four 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.
Gosfield Hall is built by Sir John Wentworth (pictured), a member of Cardinal Wolsey’s household.
Gosfield becomes the temporary residence on numerous occasions of Queen Elizabeth I (pictured). The Hall also forms an important part of her summer progress.
Sir Thomas Millington becomes owner, and reconstructs The Grand Salon (pictured) as the state banqueting hall. His crest – a double-headed eagle – can still be seen above the central doors on the courtyard side.
The east front (pictured) is remodelled by John Knight.
Earl Nugent (1702–1788) sets about remodelling both the east and south (pictured) fronts, landscaping the grounds and creating the mile-long lake, now known as Gosfield Lake. All of this was undertaken in order to entertain guests of high society, including the Prince of Wales.
The magnificent ballroom that we see today (pictured) is added by Earl Nugent’s son, the Marquis of Buckingham. He also adds a deer park landscape, some of the grand trees of which can still be seen today.
The royal connection continues as the house is loaned to the exiled King Louis XVIII of France and his wife Queen Marie Joséphine Louise of Savoy. It was during this time that the beautiful ceiling of the Grand Salon was painted by Sir James Thornill, and what is now known as the Rococco Bridal Suite (pictured) is decorated in a lavish style fit for royalty.
Samuel Courtauld comes into possession of the house, and carries out some much-needed restoration work.
In the early 20th century, the house is virtually abandoned but begins to serve as a base for troops stationed in Essex during the Second World War.
Gosfield receives much-deserved recognition as one of Essex’s most popular wedding venues, voted Best UK Wedding Venue by readers of Wedding Ideas in 2011, and Best Heritage Wedding Venue at the Essex Wedding awards in 2012.
Gosfield Hall is renovating a pub in Gosfield Village into the Bride & Groom. This development will provide additional accommodation for the night of the wedding and also the night before your special day!
Since opening its courtyard doors as an exclusive use wedding venue, Harry Bramer, his family and trusted team have held over 2,000 weddings at Gosfield Hall. Here’s a taster of what a real wedding is like at this dream venue.