A rich history as the ancestral home of the Manners-Sutton family, along with its use as a theological college for an Anglican Order of Monks, and the distinct design features of renowned architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, make Kelham Hall a fascinating place to discover.
The present Kelham Hall is the third building to have stood on the site with two former halls having been damaged significantly by fire (one in the early eighteenth century and a second in 1857). All three halls were built for the Manners Sutton family, whose links with Kelham and Averham date back to the 12th century.
Between 1903 and 1974 Kelham Hall was used as a training college by the Society of the Sacred Mission in preparation for missionary work. The hall and grounds however were requisitioned by the army during the two world wars although these were the only interruptions. The most significant legacy left by the monks is the incredible domed chapel, which today is a year-round venue for weddings and events and an exquisite addition to the property. There are other traces of the monks’ presence visible today, including their graveyard at St. Wilfred’s church on the estate.
For those interested in architecture, Kelham Hall provides a wealth of material, including a striking similarity in parts of the building to the St. Pancras hotel, London – both master works of Sir George Gilbert Scott.
A Future for Kelham Hall Our plans will bring the hall to life, giving people the opportunity not just to visit but to stay in this historic building.” Kelham Hall will create more than 80 jobs as the business expands. We are also investing in the 44-acre grounds, which will remain open to the public. This is part of our heritage and we have a great opportunity to give everyone the chance to experience its unique charm. We will eventually have 65 bedrooms available for wedding guests, tourists and corporate visitors. Newark and Sherwood District Council has been at Kelham Hall for 40 years. It will remain until new offices it is proposing to build on land it owns next to Castle Station, Newark, are complete. The council's agreement to sell Kelham Hall will take the building into an exciting new era and provide Newark and Sherwood with excellent new hotel and conference accommodation. It will open up the building and grounds to new opportunities, preserving its long and distinguished history.
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