Wedding venue in Northampton restored after fire

The Low Barn overlooking the Nene Valley
The Low Barn overlooking the Nene Valley
  • Derrick Dunn Room burned down on Guy Fawkes Night 2013
  • Room was often used by brides before their marriage ceremony
  • Restoration means weddings can go ahead across full site
  • ACRE will use booking fees to support more than 200 Northamptonshire villages

A 200-year-old wedding venue in Northampton is now fully open and refurbished following a fire.

The Derrick Dunn Room at the Hunsbury Hill Centre was gutted on Bonfire Night 2013 after what the owners believe was an electrical fault.

It looked so awful after the fire so we really feel the centre is complete once more

Elaine O’Leary, Hunsbury Hill Centre manager

Northamptonshire ACRE, which owns the entire site, had rented the barn out to hundreds of wedding couples to generate funds.

It has now reopened, as The Low Barn, and hopes to attract more weddings and business meetings therefore earning money for the charity.

Elaine O’Leary, who manages the site, said: “Since the big fire, we’ve only been able to offer couples the main building plus a marquee so it’s brilliant to have it back.

“I think people will be pleased to see it back in use because it’s where brides often used to get changed before the ceremony. I guess it means an awful lot to a great many people.”

The room, which is a separate building in the 18th-century former farmyard, is used for all sorts of occasions, often because of previous family events.

For example an upcoming silver wedding party will be held at The Low Barn this year because the couple’s daughter had their wedding there.

Funds raised by all events at Hunsbury Hill Centre go towards funding ACRE activities.

The charity acts as expert support for about 200 villages in Northamptonshire for everything from helping design village plans to helping write applications for broadband connections.

Mrs O’Leary said: “It looked so awful after the fire so we really feel the centre is complete once more.”