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Herrison Hall

Herrison Hall

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Herrison Hall

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  • Elegant country wedding venue in Dorset
  • Imposing late Victorian ballroom
  • Extensively renovated in 2003
  • Part of Charlton Down Village Hall
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Formal receptions for up to 200 guests
  • Ceremony/reception only or entire wedding
  • Standard wedding package from £1000

Herrison Hall is set within a cluster of buildings associated with Charlton Village Hall, in Charlton Down, situated just north of the ancient Roman town of Dorchester. Created originally in 1894/5, and updated as recently as 2003 (thanks to the efforts of local residents), Herrison Hall perfectly combines the elegant Victorian features of a bygone age with stylish practical modern facilities.

Offering a capacity of 200 guests, Herrison Hall is spacious with a high ceiling and a stage which you can decorate exactly as you wish. Venue hire includes the use of chairs, tables, stage lighting, sound system and audio-visuals. The acoustics, amplified by a hammer-beam roof, are impressive, and the stained-glass transom windows add a beautiful touch to the hall for your special day.


Essentially a magnificent Victorian ballroom, the hall is now an integral element of Charlton Down Village Hall, and was originally designed by the architect G. T. Hine. The ballroom was built in 1894/5 to serve the community and was formerly part of Herrison Hospital, a Victorian Mental Infirmary, closed down in 1992. It has recently been restored to something of its former glory thanks to tireless campaigning by local residents after threat of demolition during the redevelopment of the hospital site within the village.



The ballroom has a maximum capacity of 200 people and boasts an impressive hammer-beam ceiling, a resilient wooden sprung dancefloor and tall arched windows with stained-glass upper transoms framing beautiful countryside views, making it a traditional, stylish wedding venue. Herrison Hall also features a large extended stage with excellent sight-lines and vibrant natural acoustics.


The venue includes tables and chairs in the standard hire charge. Alongside 276 chairs, of which 27 are folding, they can present a choice of 15 folding rectangular and 9 folding square tables, plus 5 non-matching folding rectangular formica-topped examples.


Stage lighting is also included with Selecon Acclaim PC spots, lighting bars to either side of the hall, Selecon Parcans as well as a further eight spare sockets. Lights are controlled through a 24-channel set of dimmers; extra lighting can be arranged if required.

Sound And Visuals

A Casio Celviano 8-voice full-size keyboard Electronic Piano is available, which can be put through the PA if required. The PA has two lapel mics, one cabled mic, four radio hand-mics plus two overhead mics, and an incorporated hearing loop is available in the hall on request. DVDs can be broadcast using the large screen and laptop computer, also with connections for iPod and/or guitar.


As it is to all intents and purposes a DIY venue, Herrison Hall invites you either to bring in your own food and drink, or to engage the services of an independent catering firm. The events team at the hall has a list of recommended caterers and other suppliers for you to take advantage of if you like. Licences for entertainment and the sale of alcohol are included in the wedding package.


There is no accommodation available at the venue, but plenty will be found in Charminster or in the nearby town of Dorchester.

For more information on hosting your wedding celebrations at Herrison Hall, use their contact details provided below.

Herrison Hall
Sherren Avenue
Charlton Down
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