Wedding Date: 13th of October 2007
Ceremony Venue: Russettings, Sutton Registry Office
Reception Venue: Carew Manor, Beddington Park

Carew Manor

Carew Manor After the wedding ceremony (from about 4 pm), a reception will be held in the Great Hall at Carew (pronounced like the word crew) Manor, a Grade I listed building which is now a school. The Great Hall used to welcome grand company such as Queen Elizabeth I and we hope to welcome you too at our wedding reception at Carew Manor. Please note that the Great Hall is located round the back of the building.

Carew Manor
Church Road

A Little History

The Great Hall is a beautiful building, dating from Tudor times. It was most likely built by Richard Carew (1493 to 1520), and would have served to house his revenue of knights, noblemen and servants. The Hall was inherited by Richards Son, Nicholas, who was a great friend of Henry VIII. However, in 1538 Henry's minister, Thomas Cromwell, decided to get rid of Nicholas Carew and his supporters as he did not like their religious views and felt threatened by the influence that they had over the King. His plotting was successful, and Nicholas was executed for treasonable conspiracy.

The Reception

Carew Manor Great HallMeng and I, plus several guests from the registry office, will be arriving at the Reception at about 4 pm via the Routemaster bus. There should then be enough time for some photos, hopefully against the Hall and with the bus as background, providing the weather holds. Then it will be time to eat, drink and be merry.

The reception will feature a huge rotisserie BBQ buffet by Scotts of Carshalton. Scotts are famous for their food, and Alan Dye, the head butcher/chef has been extremely good at helping us plan the reception. The menu will include loins of pork, leg of lamb, roast chickens, poached salmon, salads, desserts and cakes. There will be a free bar with beer, wine and soft drinks ^_^

Keeping with our unconventional wedding theme, there will be no proper seating arrangements at the reception. Instead there will be a number of big tables surrounded by chairs - the idea being to sit down with your friends, or people who will hopefully soon be your friends and get to know each other (hence the free bar). Following the buffet, we will be cutting the wedding cake, and speeches will be extremely limited to prevent boredom.

Music will be starting at around 6 pm, provided by Kate Mullins Duo, with a great selection of XYZ.

How to Get There

Those coming to the ceremony at the registry office - you will be taken to the Reception by bus, so don't worry. Those arriving at the reception independently, please see the map below. Click on the map to view the full-size version of the map.

Carew Manor Map

By Train & Bus

Carew Manor is situated between 3 train stations - Hackbridge, Wallington and Waddon. Trains for Hackbridge leave from London Victoria and King's Cross Thameslink, around every 30 minutes.

For Waddon and Wallington there is a Southern Railway service again from London Victoria, and again every 30 minutes. National Rail Enquiries has timetables to help plan your journey.

The Manor is around 20 minutes walk from either station. Alternatively, you may also take the bus. From Wallington, take the 410 towards Crystal Palace Parade or the 463 towards Mitcham (Eastfields) Grove Road. From Waddon, take the 410 towards Wallington or the 407 towards Sutton. Finally, from Hackbridge, take the 151 to Croydon Road, then the 410 towards Crystal Palace Parade or 463 towards Mitcham (Eastfields) Grove Rd or the 407 towards Caterham Station.

Beddington/Wallington is also well linked to Southern London and the surrounding area by the bus network. Transport for London has a great journey planner.

By Taxi

As well as those listed under ceremony, the following are local to Carew Manor:
Carshalton Cars: 0208 7731717
Station Cars: 0208 647 6666

By Car

Those wishing to travel by car, both the AA and the RAC have route planners.