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Thurning Hall

Thurning Hall, North Norfolk, licensed for wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships & baby naming ceremonies.

Thurning Hall is a beautiful 18th century Georgian country mansion house, approached by a woodland drive, and set within 5 acres of informal secret walled gardens, woodland and grass expanse leading to a small lake.

North Norfolk’s best kept secret wedding venue allows you to explore your creative side when planning your wedding. We provide no corporate ‘one size fits all’ packages but with over 20 years of experience, we will guide you to the right service providers to suit you. Nestled in the heart of North Norfolk countryside, only 10 miles from the coast and 12 from Norwich, it is perfectly placed. Since 1947, the hall has been a privately owned, family home with the present young family still in residence.

THE HISTORY OF THURNING HALL

“…a genteel modern built Brick House, pleasantly situated at Thurning, in Norfolk; consisting of a neat Vestibule and Stair-Case, two good Parlours, wainscotted, small Study, six Bed-chambers, Closets, Servants Garret, Kitchen, and all convenient Offices necessary for a small Family. – There is a very good Six-stall’d Stable, with a roomy Hay-chamber, Coach-house, Dogs-kennels, with a Granary over the same, small Garden, spacious Court Yard, Plantations, handsome Waters, well stocked with Carp and Tench; contiguous to the House are 5 acres of rich Meadow and Pasture Land to be lett with the same,”

– Norfolk Chronicle 1782

Thurning Hall was built by the Elwin family around 1720 and lived in the house as a modest happy family. In this god-fearing time the Elwins invested most of their income making significant changes to St Andrews Church Thurning and Booton Church near Reepham. Such a major capitol spend took it’s toll on the family and eventually the decision was made to leave Thurning and move on. Virtually penniless one of their daughters and new husband set sail for the new colonies in NSW Australia to administer much needed medication in the troubled slums of Sydney using their own remaining finances. An existing colonial style property stands in the suburbs of Sydney named after her beloved family home ‘Thurning Villa’.

The house took on new ownership by James Gay. During this time the house underwent serious transformation externally and internally in keeping with the ever changing Georgian fashion and remains the same to this day. The Gays remained in ownership for three generations until the family line died out.

1939 War was declared and Thurning like many large houses in the country did their bit for King and Country and was requisitioned by the home office to house 40 land girls (The Woman’s Land Army) to work the land and feed England’s people. In the six gruelling years that followed the house was occupied in a very different way. All furniture, soft furnishings and antiquities swept aside and in storage awaiting happier times The girls took over the house making once beautiful single bedroom chambers into large dormitories & the genteel parlour rooms turned into offices all repainted in custom ‘Army décor’, an image of an hostile era. The first internal plumbing was introduced along with electricity and telephone.

In 1947 the house changed hands for the 3rd time to local farmer GW Harrold and remains within the family. With most of the original furniture destroyed by the spoils of war the house is lovingly kept in keeping with the past and as a reflection of her former splendour but always striving to remain true to form for the ever present future.

Thurning has many credits in television and editorial such as Ruth Rendal writing as Barbara Vine for BBC’s A Fatal Inversion. BBC’s George Eliot’s A Mill on the Floss. You magazine, Red magazine, Boden, Laura Ashley, Bridal features and The Cotswold Company.