5 Key Moments In The History Of Manor Of Groves

by Liz Seyi Digital marketing manager

5 Key Moments In The History Of Manor Of Groves

Manor of Groves may be known as many things today – including one of the most sought-after Wedding Venues In Hertfordshire, as well as a key site for meetings, dining and golfing – but this is a corner of the county that has lived many fascinating lives.

Here are just some of the historical events that have helped to shape the modern-day Manor of Groves.


12th Century: The Beginnings

While the historic part of our present property dates largely from Georgian times, the land that now comprises Manor of Groves has a much more distant civilised past, having been given by 12th-century nobleman and government official Henry Fitzgerald to the abbey of St. Mary, Reading.


The Post-Dissolution Era

The period after Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries saw the manor granted to William Gooding or Goodwin of Writtle in Essex, who then sold it in 1549 to Robert Gooday. The land remained in the ownership of the Gooday family until 1571.


The Georgian-Era Property Emerges

Manor of Groves as it is generally familiar today came to be once the existing house on the site was purchased by prominent London lawyer Thomas Nathaniel Williams (1781-1841). He ordered significant modifications and additions, giving the property its elegant neo-classical appearance.


Jones De'ath Acquires The Site

When Williams died, his erstwhile property was put on the market the same year, and ultimately purchased by farmer Jones De'ath (1802-1891). Born in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, De'ath had lived with his widowed father in Little Parndonprior to buying Manor of Groves. He married 50-year-old Mary Barnard in 1852, and after her death in 1873, continued to live at the house until he died.


Conversion Into A Hotel

The present chapter of Manor of Groves' existence commenced with its transformation into a hotel in the late 1980s. Today, it offers 80 well-appointed executive and four-poster bedrooms, all with marble bathrooms, while also remaining one of the most admired and charming wedding venues in Hertfordshire, largely on account of its two highly prestigious suites.

While Manor of Groves has undergone many twists and turns down the centuries, its appeal to those seeking a desirable and sumptuous residence, hotel or Wedding Venue Remains undimmed. Why not peruse our current special offers right now, to see how we could best serve your own exacting requirements?

About Liz Seyi Senior   Digital marketing manager

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