Smeetham Hall Barn is a privately owned 16th century barn set within a property listed in the Domesday Book.
The listing for Smeetham Hall in the Domesday Book of 1086 can be seen by clicking here.
The barn is a grade 2 listed building built in the mid-16th century and was used as a threshing barn for the storage of grain. Approaching the days of steam, the barn became redundant until it housed livestock until the mid-seventies.
The Hyde Parker family have lived at Smeetham since 1906 and it is still a working farm.
In 1998 the barn was beautifully converted into a wedding venue that is now considered one of the most esteemed wedding venues in Essex.
May 3rd 1860 - Rebecca Messent a milk woman employed by Mr George Coote of Smeetham Hall Farm at Bulmer and from whom she embezzled various sums of money was handed over to the Essex constabulary.
November 14th 1861 - During the last week 2 or 3 sheep have been stolen from Mr Harding of Gt Henny, and Mr Gardiner of Borley, a fat sheep belonging to Mr Coote of Smeetham Hall was slain with the heads and entrails left in the next field.
Ancient News above taken from: 1860 Suffolk Free Press newspaper archive