This wedding took place at the stunning Notley Abbey in Oxfordshire. Hopefully the wedding photos I took on the day really capture how much fun the day was and how much everyone enjoyed themselves! They even had a Michael Buble impersonator who sounded and looked like the real thing! The whole day from beginning to end ran effortlessly smooth and the attention to detail was incredible. The fireworks in the evening really finished the perfect day off with a bang.
About Notley Abbey – the wedding venue:
Notley Abbey was founded in between 1154 and 1164 by the second Earl of Buckingham, Walter Giffard and his wife, Ermengard. The house was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist and was made to house Augustinian canons.Despite its lack of historical fame, the Notley Abbey was one of the largest and richest Augustinian monasteries in the Oxford region. Notley Abbey was originally meant to fuse the lifestyles of monastic and apostolic people, forming a middle ground between monks and secular clergy; however, the monastic lifestyle dominated. The fact that Notley Abbey was constructed at Earl’s park in Long Crendon suggests that Augustinians were becoming purely monastic by 1160.
Notley Abbey possessed several pieces of land including Lower Winchendon (not acquired until around 1302), Chilton, Princes Risborough, and Stranglethorpe in Lincolnshire. These lands helped generate revenue, but the abbey’s primary source of income came fromtithes from appropriated churches.Traditionally, a secular vicar served an abbey’s appropriated churches, but in 1258, Alexander IV granted Notley Abbey permission to serve their appropriated churches by their own canons in person.In 1461, Notley Abbey absorbed a small priory of Chetwood, thus considerably adding to its revenue sources.
The abbey was visited by Henry IV who stayed there after the battle of Radcot Bridge.Henry V also stayed at Notley Abbey.
Notley Abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII in 1538. By about 1730, the abbey reached farmhouse status, but was regenerated in 1890.The abbot’s house and part of the cloister were kept as a private house that remains today where you can now have your wedding!