Steven Littler Photography and Wedding Car Hire at Leez Priory Great Leighs, Chelmsford.
Steven Littler Photography and Classic Limousine Wedding Car Hire have been offering our services to couples getting married at Leez Priory for many years
Leez Priory’s magnificent Tudor mansion is one of the most sought after wedding venues in the country and has twenty five years of experience in providing perfect weddings. Set in 40 acres of parkland, with lakes, lawns and a sweeping driveway.
The spectacular Great Hall can seat up to 86 guests for the wedding reception and the newly converted Coach House can seat up to 110 guests. As we offer exclusive use of the entire house you can also invite up to 250 guests for the evening wedding reception and party.
Leez Priory History
In 1220, Sir Ralph Gernon decided that the hamlet of Leez, in a dip by the banks of the River Ter, would provide the perfect location on which to found his monastery. His Augustinian priory thrived for over 300 years until King Henry VIII sent Sir Richard Rich to dismiss the monastery. When Sir Richard Rich became the Earl of Warwick, he built his own great house on the site that is now known as Leez Priory.
In the years that followed, the mansion has been home to the Earls of Warwick and has been visited by Queen Elizabeth I, Princess Mary and many other nobles from the past.
In his recent book on the origins of the English Civil War, John Adamson has emphasised the magnificence and political radicalism of Leez Priory in the 17th century. He concludes that in 1640 Leez and its owner, Robert Rich, 2nd Earl of Warwick, were probably the “topographical and moral centre” of opposition to the King.
Much of it was demolished in 1753.
In the late 1980s, Leez Priory was purchased by its current owners, The Country House Weddings group. In May 1995, Leez Priory became the first country house in England to be granted a licence to conduct civil ceremonies
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