Let’s do a little history, I had to look this up so I’m gonna share it.
“A tithe is a one-tenth part of something, paid as a contribution to a religious organisation or compulsory tax to the government.Historically tithes were required and paid in kind, such as agricultural produce.”
Ahh those were the days..10%..yes please.
A tithe barn is a barn to store the tithes. Not sure why they needed all those tithes.This place is massive.
Feeling brainier now?
Tithe Barn at Bolton Abbey was turned in to a wedding venue by Cripps & Co (sounds very non-pc).
Their speciality is restoring old barns and walled gardens for weddings & events. Looking at their website and reviews this isn’t their first rodeo and are well on their way to owning all the barns and doing all the weddings.
The venue is 15 miles from Harrogate (you may have tasted the spring water) and sits up on a hill overlooking the grounds of the grand old Duke of Devonshire’s Bolton Abbey.
Fun fact: Bolton Abbey is on the cover of a Cure album.
The abbey was built in the 16th century, the same century as the European discovered the Pacific ocean. Bolton Abbey is old.
If you're wondering, It’s also in ruins. Right beside, is the winding river Wharfe which is easily traced looking down from Tithe Barn. The river is 21st on the list of the longest rivers in the UK, but it makes up for it with a solid 4.5 star rating on google from 258 reviews. It’s deserved. Probably because of its famous stepping stones and soothing gurgling sounds. (Note to self: take wellies next time).
So the location is top notch. What about the inside?
Well. Where do I start? Tithe Barn seems to have everything. They renamed the wedding breakfast a “feast”. I hope that sticks. Who wouldn’t prefer a feast over a breakfast when you’ve been on your feet all day and had a few.
I’m flicking through their menu now as I write this and it looks good.
Rotisserie pork shoulder, crackling, fennel and apple slaw. Or how about sirloin bricks? Yes please. No idea what that is. But, please let it be a meat brick.
Your dining experience is enhanced with an open kitchen with indoor BBQ and rotisseries, it’s all very master chef, and it works.
Should you fancy, you’re able to do your whole wedding here and not have to leave (well, you will at 0100am) as it’s licensed for civil weddings. Have your heart set on that church wedding? No problem, 200 years ago someone built the Bolton Priory Church for you.
No need for extra jackets either as they provide outdoor heaters and fire pits and I quote “advanced underfloor heating”. Toasty.
It has space for your whole extended family and all their friends too with the capacity for 200 ceremony guests, and if that’s not enough you can invite a wallet closing 100 more to your reception.
Club quality acoustics come as standard. Tithe barn is fitted with its own PA for your wedding speeches and drunk mates accapellas and the best bit (for me) a tinnitus inviting Funktion one sound system.
So there you have it. If you’re the one person other than me who read to the bottom, email me and I’ll send you a key ring.
No really, thank you.
Here’s a bunch of photos I took second shooting for Manchester’s best documentary wedding photographer David Stubbs. I give you Dan and Livi’s Bolton Abbey Tithe barn Wedding. Like the way I approach weddings? Click here to get in touch.