The History Of Wellington Barn
Wellington Barn has been in the Maundrell family for generations.
The Maundrells’ can be traced back to having farmed in the area since the 1400’s, and the branch of the family in Calstone today can be traced back the last five generations. The six and seventh generations live in the main farmhouse, and manage the barn as the luxury venue that it is today.
Having been in the area for such a long time, the Maundrells’ have an interesting family tree. Ancestors range from the High Sheriff of Wiltshire to a famous engineer, to another who was a respected prize winning breeder of cattle and horses.
The estate upon which Wellington Barn now stands dates back to the 1600’s and was originally owned by the Duckett family. In the mid 1700’s, after being destroyed by the Roundheads, parts of the estate were sold off by the Duckett family. Lord Landsdowne became owner of Calstone Farm, and the Manor House was rebuilt around the site of the old remains. It is here that the farmhouse stands today.
Historically the 18th Century barn and two adjacent skillings were places where the working oxen were housed and grain was stored.
In more recent years, following the great gales of 2000, the barn fell into a state of disrepair. Yet a surprise request to use the barn for a wedding reception was hugely successful; and the idea of modernising the barn to be used as a luxurious event venue for functions was born.
In 2006 Wellington Barn began its new life as a place for people to come together to celebrate, and over the years it has continued to grow. Though a dramatically different place than it was in its formative years, it still retains the charm and atmosphere of the old.
Within the old red brick and timber barn, areas of the original exposed timber beams still show poignant signs of the past.
Wedding ceremonies and special occasions now reside here. With its sense of times gone by and the special nature of its present purpose, Wellington Barns has a unique atmosphere that will stay with you long after you’ve left.