Our History

At Bassmead Manor Barns, there is a rich family history that runs throughout every part of the unique wedding venues. The estate’s blend of modern styling with centuries-old architecture truly reflects the journey of the Squire family to modernise Bassmead into the well-loved venue it is today.

A true family home

Richard and Cordelia Squire, the owners of Bassmead, are the seventh generation of the Squire family to call the farm home, and they now raise their three small children on the estate. Bassmead has been owned by the Squires since 1845, when Richard’s ancestor Sir Peter Squire bought the farm to grow herbs for his apothecary business in London. Sir Peter was a royal chemist to Queen Victoria, and it is believed that herbs grown at Bassmead Manor Farm were used in the Coronation Oil used at royal coronations! Today Richard continues to work the farmstead, which has expanded from 400 acres to 1660 acres over the last 40 years, while Cordelia is a Chartered Physiotherapist and runs her own business locally.

Over 700 years of history

The Bassmead estate is over 700 years old, with the Grade II listed manor house and farm buildings sitting within the medieval moat enclosure that gives the barn wedding venue its unique moated status today. In 2012, English Heritage, Bedford Conservation officers and County Archaeologists helped support the Squires in a huge archaeological excavation of the old yard that uncovered a medieval cobbled courtyard, which is now part of the garden and the beautiful new Bridge Barn.

A wedding venue with a difference

The Squire family first had the idea to set up Bassmead Manor Barns as a wedding venue 15 years ago, after Richard’s cousin Hannah asked to hold her reception on the farm. Richard set about restoring the old barn that stored agricultural machinery, and it was to become Rickety Barn brides and grooms love today. The wheels were set in motion, and over the next decade Bassmead Manor Barns was transformed into a warm and welcoming wedding venue. When it became clear that couples loved the family feel and stunning location, the Squires renovated the barns fully in 2012. With a team of expert planners and designers, as well as Cordelia’s eye for interior design, Bassmead Manor became the unique wedding venue it is today.

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