Haughley Park – A Grade I listed Jacobean manor house
Haughley Park is a privately owned and family-run estate in the heart of Suffolk.
The Williams Family have owned the estate since the 1950s, and the main house has been our home since then also. Initially Alfred Williams and family moved here from their home in Stowmarket, followed by his son Robert and family in the 1990s.
We are committed to looking after the buildings and gardens on our land. Opening the Barn for Wedding and Event hire not only helps us to support the work that is required to maintain the estate, it is also a wonderful way of allowing the location to be enjoyed by many people.
In future we hope to find more ways of opening the park and woods, and increase public access and use of the estate.
In 2006, large contemporary glass sculptures by Danny Lane were added to the gardens around the Barn, introducing an exciting and modern edge to the otherwise traditional setting.
Haughley Park – A brief history
1620: Built by Sir John Sulyard whose family had been granted the land by Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII. For almost two centuries the house remained in the Sulyard family, and was the centre of a 2500 acre agricultural estate, mostly tenanted.
1818: Now reduced to around 700 acres the estate was sold to William Crawford a successful lawyer. A fire gutted the north end of the house in 1820, and this was rebuilt in the Georgian style. His son, the Rev. William, added a long Stable Wing to the house, and left bequests for village charities and for the building of the schools in Haughley and Wetherden.
1867 to 1918: Estate now 467 acres and owned by Arthur Pretyman and his wife.
1918 to 1924: House empty and in the hands of estate agents.
1924 to 1956: Owned by Turner Henderson, a retired tea planter, big game hunter and animal lover! On his death the house was left to London Zoo for use as a safari park - however they turned it down as unsuitable.
1956: With the house under threat of demolition, Alfred Williams MBE bought the property as a site for his poultry processing business, John Rannoch Ltd. The house was to be used as offices and his private residence.
1961: After a long restoration that was almost complete, an immense fire gutted more the half of the house, but left the external walls standing. The restoration started again, and the family did not move in until three years later.
1994: Alfred died aged 82 and his son Robert, at that time running the Pearl Dot Furniture Workshop in Islington, moved with his family into Haughley Park.
Present Day: John Rannoch Ltd was sold in 2002, but the Williams family retain ownership of the majority of the land, now 250 acres, and the buildings, including the House, Barn, and Farmhouse. Maintenance of the estate is an ongoing process in which Robert and his daughter Ellie are very active.
Choosing Haughley Park Barn will give you a starting point to create your own individual celebration. You have the freedom to choose your own suppliers and design the perfect event to suit you.Read more...
Throughout the year we have a number of regular public events at Haughley Park. More information on these occasions can be found here.
Find out more about the types of hire we offer, ask us questions, or arrange a visit. For those attending a wedding or event, we offer a downloadable Guest information pdf and Map.