As you might have guessed from the name, The Tudor Barn, Burnham, is pretty old. Actually, it’s very old. So we thought it would be a good idea to have a short history lesson on this wedding venue with a difference set in beautiful Buckinghamshire, a stone’s throw from Slough and Windsor. Now pay attention at the back, and no chewing in class or you’ll see me after school.
With timber beams dating back to 1505, the original barn buildings started life as part of a working farm. It was owned by the Bayley family, and was passed from generation to generation. How clever was the Bayley family? To build a future wedding venue so close to the M4, M40 and M25. Not to mention Gatwick and Heathrow airports! And so handy to Beconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Maidenhead. Talk about forward thinking!
Then, in 1920, The Tudor Barn became a convent, known as ‘The House of Prayer’. The number of nuns in the order slowly declined over time and in 1991 the few remaining moved to smaller premises in Edgware. (You can still visit the nun graveyard beyond the wooded area behind the car park.)
The year before, in 1990, bridge enthusiast Laurie Champniss was looking for suitable premises to convert into a full time Bridge Centre. He received details of a property known as “The House of Prayer”. The possibilities became clear as soon as he entered the barn and soon the buildings had been extensively renovated to high modern standards. The Bridge Club is now located in the original barn, and the derelict building adjoining the barn was rebuilt in similar style; it’s now known as the Garden Room and is where we hold our Civil Ceremonies.
Painstaking care and attention was put into the restoration in order to maintain as much of the original character as possible, but with modern standards of comfort, convenience and ease of access. Indeed, it resulted in a conservation award from the Burnham Society. The Tudor Barn, Burnham, offers things many other weddings venues in the Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead areas can’t: character, originality and a rich history.
And that brings us up to today. We’ve celebrated with hundreds of couples who have searched for a wedding venue with a difference. Somewhere as individual as they are.
So if you’re getting married soon, then get in touch with The Tudor Barn, Burnham – and start your future with some history.
That’s the lesson over. See you in maths…
The Tudor Barn Team