Our series of blogs for #EnglishTourismWeek19 celebrates all that’s great about the Chichester region. This entry from Kim Wright, Events Manager at Edes House gives us a peek into one of the city’s most recognisable buildings.
Having trained in hospitality and with a background in hotels the thought of being part of a team at Edes House in Chichester was very appealing indeed! Edes House is a grade 1 listed building dating back to 1696 and is situated on West Street. The house was originally built for John Edes, however as he died before it was finished, his wife Hannah was the first occupant. It is her initials, HE which feature on the front of the house. More original features can be found inside. The fireplaces are of great interest, dating back from 1880-1890 with tiles by William Morris, William de Morgan and late 19th century dutch delftware tiles are a sight to see. The house has so many uses and has had some high-profile visitors since I have been here, such as HRH Duke and Duchess of Sussex last year and the Mayor or Chartres, France, one of the towns Chichester is twinned with.
A day here can be varied with wedding ceremonies, receptions, meetings and a public tour happening all in one day. Each day feels different according to the types of events that the house is hosting. We take huge pride in our citizenship ceremonies, and they are a real privilege to attend. Wedding days are extremely exciting and I have been lucky to be part of so many. There really is nothing like linking a bride and her father’s hands together before that music starts to play and they glide down the aisle. The amount of tissues I have handed out for tears of joy and the amount of special moments I have been part of, it really never feels like a job! Being here to create a homely feel for celebrations of life receptions is also very special, ensuring personal touches such as memory tables and music are all just right.
I never thought I would become quite so attached to bricks and mortar but knowing the history of the house and how many people choose us to host their milestone events with us makes it so important to preserve the history within. Like a bottle of wine, it becomes more precious and treasured as the years go by! No matter how busy we are, the house always feels calm and welcoming – it’s almost as if it likes being a place of so many happy memories!
To celebrate #EnglishTourismWeek19, we’re also offering everyone who signs up to our e-newsletter the chance to win prizes from a host of top attractions across the region, including two pairs of tickets for an Edes House Tour. To find out more, click here.