Hengrave is a little piece of heaven quietly nestled in the Suffolk countryside near Bury St Edmunds, where it has sat undisturbed for the past 500 years. The house, gardens and church have been lovingly restored with meticulous attention to detail to create a haven where, for a moment, time stands still. Set within 350 acres of tranquil parkland and with sweeping lawns and meadows, a majestic lake, and its own idyllic chapel it’s grace and historical charm offers the perfect ambience for wedding photography.
On 14 September 1974 the Assumptionists founded the ecumenical Hengrave Community of Reconciliation, originally a group of families of different Christian denominations. Later, the Community came to consist of long-term members, who remained in the Community for up to seven years, and short-term members, many of whom came from countries in Central and Eastern Europe for periods ranging from one year to three months. Although strongly inspired by other ecumenical communities like Taizé and the Iona Community, the Hengrave Community had a distinctive character owing to the Sisters’ continued presence.