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HISTORY OF THE HOUSE

The village of Weston under Wetherley has a history of worthy gentlemen and we have remembered them here.

The village is mentioned in the Domesday book from being the westone (west stone) of the Southam division of the hundred of Knightlow and from the woodland to the north west known as Wetherley Wood.

In November 1605 a group of men, including Robert Catesby, who were involved in the gunpowder plot, passed through the village. They were fleeing from London after the arrest of Guy Fawkes. Apparently they were on their way to Wales (via Warwick Castle to steal fresh horses), after a meeting at Dunchurch, near Rugby. The sound of galloping horses as conspirators passed through Weston village is exciting to imagine.

Another historic figure who lived in Weston village was Sir Edward Belknap. He was High Sheriff of Warwickshire in 1501 and built a grand hall of brick and timber named Weston Hall on the opposite side of the road, less than 200 meters from Wethele Manor, known still as Weston Hall Farm. Sir Edward Belknap was active in the service of the English crown, both on the battlefield and as a court official, during the 16th and 17th centuries. He fought for Henry VII at the battles of Stoke Field and Blackheath and possibly at other battles as well. In 1508, he was appointed to the post of “surveyor of the King’s prerogative”. This office gave him the power to appropriate the lands and property of anyone who had violated the king’s prerogative in some way, such as conviction for a felony. Belknap’s appointment was part of an effort by Henry VII to improve the royal finances. Belknap was a privy councillor for both Henry VII and Henry VIII. In 1520, he was most probably at the Field of the Cloth of Gold with Henry VIII.

Saint Michael’s church (Photographs shown below) dating back to the 13th Century is a prominent feature of the village of Weston under Wetherley and can be seen from the accommodation and surrounding grounds at Wethele Manor.  A number of couples married at the beautiful old church have come to Wethele Manor for the main wedding reception.  The church overlooks the estate and a great many people who have cared for and worked the land at Wethele Manor are laid to rest in the grave yard pictured below.

Wethele Manor dates back to the 16th Century and was we believe originally a thatched house named ‘New House Farm’.  The house had a range of both large and small brick outbuildings, some stables, a piggery, an old dairy, a cart shed and a large granary.  The House itself, from fairly humble beginnings has been extended we think, in the 18th Century with a larger Georgian three story frontage which gave the house the much grander approach visible today.

The farmland and buildings have been used predominantly for mixed farming, some beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and Geese.  We have discovered in the deeds written in the 19th Century at a point of sale, that there was a ‘Farrier’ and a ‘Cordwainer’ occupying one of the outbuildings at that time. A ‘Cordwainer’ was a gentleman who worked leather imported from Cordoba in Spain, for the manufacture of high quality leather goods such as Carriage seating and fine saddlery.  Hence we have named the building where this work was undertaken ‘Cordwainers Hall’ now used for civil ceremonies.

We know from the discovery of a large ‘Copper’ in another building, that using the apples which thrive in the orchard at Wethele Manor, that much cider was brewed here.  We have named this barn, now a five star rated en suite family bedroom, ‘the Brewhouse’.  Another Family bedroom we have named, the ‘Hayloft’, formally used for storing Hay from harvest time and then loaded down on to awaiting carts below before being distributed to various livestock on the farm during the long winter months.  One of Wethele Manor’s more unusual en suite bedrooms is a converted cellar which boasts a beautiful vaulted ceiling and was used originally for the salting and storage of meat in order to increase its life prior to refrigeration.  Bedrooms on the very top floor with breathtaking views over the surrounding landscape and beyond, we call ‘Eberalls’ and ‘Isdale’. The rooms, named after favourite high yielding fields on the estate, were an addition to the original Georgian frontage, built to house servants who were employed to help with the running of the house. These rooms despite enjoying the best views and high exposed timber ceilings were considered at the time to be the least desirable and had the bell ringing system in place to enable the occupants of the rooms to be summoned to the ground reception rooms and master bedrooms. Another discovery whilst recent renovation work took place was the sand stone ‘well’ in the conservatory. This well has a depth of 40 foot and is a fascinating feature which we are extremely proud of. We have placed a toughened piece of glass over it and put in lighting to reveal the quality and bravery of the workmen who took on the construction.  This well, now dry, would have been the source of all the water to the house and farm buildings for the animals.

Wethele Manor has undergone some major restoration and repairs and was in need of investment and modernisation if it was to remain standing for another 500 years. The Moreton family (the current owners) bought the property in 1975 from a gentleman and his wife, Mr Morgan and Mrs Edna Morgan.  Both are warmly remembered here at Wethele Manor now. We would like to think they would be happy with all the work that has been carried out to secure the future of this beautiful old building.  Mrs Janet Moreton in particular has worked hard to ensure that whilst repairs and restoration work were crucial to the survival of the house, the original features and charm that this house has in abundance was never put in jeopardy. We are very proud of its rich history and the fact that this estate has been a part of many people’s lives over the years. We are also very proud of what our family has managed to achieve in securing the future of this stunning property and we welcome all who would like to use Wethele Manor from a one night Bed and Breakfast guest, to those wanting to indulge in all that Wethele Manor offers as a Wedding Venue.

A warm welcome awaits you at Wethele Manor.

Testimonials

Our wedding day was perfect thank you so much to everyone at Wethele Manor for making our day so special!

thank you so much to everyone

thank you so much to everyone
Everybody made us feel so special and important not just like we were another wedding. The food is amazing, the service, the support planning your wedding, the bedrooms just everything!! I would highly recommend Wethele Manor to everyone!!!

I would highly recommend

I would highly recommend
Nothing was too much trouble and I can't recommend this venue highly enough! Thank you so much for making our day perfect!!

can't recommend this venue highly enough

can't recommend this venue highly enough
Our wedding day was perfect, thanks to the support and guidance we received from Wethele Manor from the moment we first enquired to the day we said "I do!" They made the whole experience amazing and couldn't have supported us more. We were able to put our own personal touches on the style at Wethele and they were so accommodating of everything we wanted to do - the week before our wedding was like we owned the place and they let us come and go as we pleased! If you want a lovely, calm experience and beautiful surroundings with a homely touch then book Wethele - we were so impressed!

so accommodating of everything we wanted

so accommodating of everything we wanted
Everyone commented on what a stunning venue it was and we couldn't agree more. We had the best day of our lives and will always look back at Wethele Manor with extremely fond memories

stunning venue

stunning venue
So much time, effort and money is spent on the best day of your life so you expect the best. And you will get this plus a whole lot more at this beautiful wedding venue.

beautiful wedding venue

beautiful wedding venue
We had the most incredible wedding day at Wethele Manor. Every single member of staff was dedicated to making sure our guests had the best day ever and no request was too big or too small! From the very moment we met with Simon, we knew he was the man for the job and that Wethele was the perfect venue and they proved us absolutely right! Amazing! Thank you again to every single one of you for helping us share the most perfect memories with our guests and, of course, one another!

perfect memories

perfect memories
Most amazing wedding venue! Everyone was saying what a magical place! Simon and all the staff were amazing and always on hand. Food was gorgeous and plenty of it so nobody went hungry! Drinks were constantly topped up. What a perfect day!

what a magical place

what a magical place
The suite where the bride and bridesmaids had hair and make up done is fantastic, the rooms in the house where we slept overnight are lovely and the food was wonderful. Would not hesitate to recommend to anyone.

Would not hesitate to recommend

Would not hesitate to recommend
The food was absolutely delicious, every single guest complimented the meal and also the evening food. We fell in love when we first visited Wethele, so if you want the perfect wedding day then book Wethele Manor, you will not be disappointed

perfect wedding day

perfect wedding day
We cannot thank all of the staff at Wethele enough for our amazing wedding at the end of May! The venue was perfect, the food was perfect and we will cherish the memories forever! Simon and all of the team made the day exactly what we had imagined and more!

The venue was perfect

The venue was perfect
I can't say enough good things about this venue. It's beautiful and the staff are always so happy and willing to accommodate your needs. Simon thank you so so much for giving us the most wonderful day you went above and beyond and for that we are so very grateful.

I can't say enough good things

I can't say enough good things
A perfect location for a wedding. From our experience as guests the place, the surroundings, the staff, the food and everything about the day was perfect! Thank you all!

the day was perfect

the day was perfect
Fantastic for a wedding venue. Can't recommend Wethele highly enough after holding my daughter and son in law's wedding here. The setting is beautiful, food is amazing and customer service and attention to detail is second to none.

The setting is beautiful

The setting is beautiful
We fell in love with Wethele instantly, we knew when we were looking for a venue that this was the one for our wedding, and I’m so glad we chose it!

We fell in love with Wethele

We fell in love with Wethele
A massive thank you to your dedicated staff, they clearly enjoy working here...it makes such a difference. I would recommend 100%. Fabulous

I would recommend 100%

I would recommend 100%
Brilliant venue for my son’s wedding. Staff were wonderful, food was great, couldn’t have asked for a better place to have a wedding, brilliant day.

Staff were wonderful

Staff were wonderful
We were really pleasantly surprised by the whole day. We appreciated the venue location and the attention to detail from the team and we also had a good chat with Simon at the end of the day. It was really nice to not have that ‘one size fits all’ feel you so often get with big hotel chains

Mark, Toyota

I can't say enough good things about Wethele Manor. It's beautiful and the staff are always so happy and willing to accommodate your needs. Simon thank you so so much for giving us the most wonderful day you went above and beyond and for that we are so very grateful..

Becky Lawson

This is a fabulous place to hold your wedding. As a guest on a beautiful sunny day, the wedding was outside. The grounds are very tastefully laid out with plenty of room for the guests to relax before the ceremony. The food is absolutely wonderful, and the staff very efficient and friendly.

Daniel Mitchell

Chris Jamison
My husband and I visited several venues before finding Wethele Manor which we both instantly fell in love with. The house and the gardens are stunning and just what we were looking for. Duncan and his team were a pleasure to work with over the 15 months of planning; nothing we asked for was ever an issue and the whole team accommodated all of our requests. The catering team were phenomenal- Jenny and her team are so enthusiastic and passionate about their food and rightly so, it's all exquisite! (so much so that we had to opt for a 50/50 split for starter and desert as we simply couldn't pick one dish!) All in all, I can't rate Wethele and the staff that work there enough. The venue will always have a place close to our hearts and we plan to return for our first anniversary.

Sam Denton

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