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I Cannot Tell a Lie, it Was Me That Sang at the Washingtons’ Old Place

November 23, 2012

Some of the songs I sing are almost one hundred years old, but their age pales into insignificance compared with some of the wonderful venues at which I’m booked to sing them.  Take Sulgrave Manor in Oxfordshire, for instance which was constructed way back in 1539.

Sulgrave Manor's driveway

Sulgrave Manor, Northamptonshire

Of course it isn’t just its age that makes Sulgrave noteworthy, it also has a fairly significant link to one of history’s most famous figures.  The Manor was built by Lawrence Washington, great-great-great-great-great grandfather of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America.

Sulgrave Manor, Oxfordshire

Naturally the place is a big draw for American tourists, but it’s also a fabulous venue for a  celebration.

My reason for turning up there four-hundred-and-seventy-three years after the laying of the original foundation stone was to sing at John and Gillian’s wedding breakfast in October.  The setting for the meal was the Courtyard Hall.

The Courtyard Hall at Sulgrave Manor

The hall is a sympathetic addition to the original buildings and is designed with elegant entertaining in mind.  Its high ceiling of timber arches give a feeling of tremendous space and windows down the full length of one wall flood the room with natural light.

Sulgrave Manor's Courtyard Hall, Oxfordshire wedding venue

The breakfast was tremendous fun and it was a pleasure to sing for John and Gillian on their special day.  It’s nice to think that they too were writing their own small part of the long and colourful history of Sulgrave Manor.

Wedding singer Simon Partridge with John and Gillian

For more information about Sulgrave Manor visit their website

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