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Cressing Temple Barn
  • Oldest timber-framed barns in the world
  • Have been deemed the finest in Europe
  • 800 years of living history
  • Licensed to host civil wedding ceremonies
  • Tudor garden also licensed for ceremonies
  • Ceremony-only wedding venue
  • Canapés and drinks reception possible
  • Reception/accommodation options nearby
  • Close to Witham and Braintree

The oldest timber-framed barn in the whole world is available for wedding ceremonies at Cressing Temple Barn. This fantastically unique venue, situated between Witham and Braintree, presents three ceremony-licensed areas. The Wheat Barn, dating back to about 1220, or The Barley Barn, erected around 1280, can host your wedding, and the beautiful Tudor garden may also be used.

The fusion of Medieval and Tudor history provides a charming setting for a traditional wedding. As well as the three ceremony venues, Cressing Temple Barn offers a small bridal suite, plus an opportunity to bring canapés and champagne for an informal drinks and photography session with your guests before moving on to your reception venue for the wedding breakfast and party.


Granted to the Knights Templar in 1136, the land became one of the earliest Templar estates in England. In the 13th century two splendid timber-framed barns were erected to store wheat and barley - reputed to be among the finest in Europe - that are still standing today. The Wheat Barn is the earliest surviving timber barn in the world. In the Tudor period, more farm buildings were constructed, including The Granary (the largest in Essex) and a mansion, demolished in the 18th century. The outbuildings and the Tudor herb gardens (refurbished by Essex County Council to ensure their preservation) are still accessible for tourists to visit.


The Wheat Barn

This barn is the main attraction of Cressing Temple Barns, being the oldest standing example of its type in the world. It seats up to 100 and is licensed for civil wedding or partnership ceremonies.

Ceremony Capacity - 100 Guests

The Barley Barn

The authentic, Grade I-listed barley barn is available for much larger ceremonies, with the capacity to hold up to 300 guests.

Ceremony Capacity - 300 Guests

The Tudor Walled Garden

Partly reconstructed by Essex County Council, this still retains the authenticity of a Tudor herb garden. The original Tudor wall encloses the area, and a beautiful fountain spouts up from the centre. It is licensed for small ceremonies with up to 40 guests.

Ceremony Capacity - 40 Guests

Catering And Accommodation

Cressing Temple Barn is a civil ceremony-only wedding venue. However, there are plenty of options for your reception and post-wedding accommodation either in Witham or nearby Braintree.

For further information, call the phone number above and quote The Wedding Secret or click on 'Email this business'.

Cressing Temple Barn
Witham Rd
CM77 8PD

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