Prospective happy couples can now tie the knot amidst the grandeur of Kneller Hall in Twickenham, now Richmond Council has signed an agreement allowing weddings and civil partnerships to take place there.
The building, originally home in the 18th century to Sir Godfrey Kneller, the court painter to Charles II and George I is now the base for the Army’s Royal Military School of Music.
It is the latest in a line of historic or exemplary properties to be licensed for marriages and partnerships by the Council, to offer couples as much choice as possible in the borough.
Cllr Gareth Elliott, Whitton Ward Councillor, said: "This is an amazing venue within the heart of Whitton. It is a perfect setting for that special day and a wonderful opportunity to show off Whitton's only listed building."
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, Business and Culture, said: “We are blessed with a wealth of beautiful venues for civil services in this borough, and I’m glad Kneller Hall has joined the list.
“It will be an especially interesting venue for couples with a military background, and it’s good to have another venue in the Twickenham area, to sit alongside York House, the RFU and Marble Hill House. Our team at the Register Office will be glad to hear from anyone interested in using the Hall, and I’d also like to thank the officers at Kneller Hall for their support in allowing the building to be used.”
Including Kneller Hall there are 25 venues which are licensed for civil weddings and civil partnerships within the borough, including the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Richmond Palace, Barnes Wetland Centre, and Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park.
The Council is always looking for other unusual, historic or prominent properties which could be used as venues for ceremonies. If you own or run a building which could be suitable, contact the registrar’s office.
For more information about venues or to nominate a building, visit: www.richmond.gov.uk/licensing_