I’m a huge fan of vintage weddings and the elegance and grace of the 20’s and 30’s is my favourite era.
Couples marrying at prestigious and exclusive Combermere Abbey are in for a unique gift to complement their choice of venue – the use of a beautiful and rare 1927 Crossley Motor Car, manufactured by the Abbey’s current owner’s great-grandfather, Sir Kenneth Crossley.
Sir Kenneth, had expanded the family engineering business in Manchester with the manufacture of motor cars at the turn of the last century. His family home was Combermere Abbey.
The Crossley was a match for more established high calibre marques, including Mercedes and Rolls Royce. In fact in 1906, one of his cars won the record for the ‘London-Monte Carlo’ rally, completing the journey in just over 37 hours. The Crossley Company went on to support the First World War effort and became the country’s second largest producer of aircraft.
It has been Sarah Callander Beckett’s dream to own one of his cars and at last after years of searching, a suitable model has been acquired from Ireland.
Sarah Callander Beckett, owner of Combermere Abbey, commented,
‘I’m thrilled to have a Crossley car made by my great-grandfather at the Abbey once more. It’s in great condition inside and out! It seems most fitting for our brides and grooms to have the use of such a beautiful classic car, especially with its links to the Abbey’s history’
The stunning 1927 Crossley Classic Car
With its classic design and gleaming navy blue bodywork, this rare and beautiful classic car will be used and wedding car for couples marrying or hosting their reception at this prestigious, award-winning venue. It is sure to bring many admiring glances from guests and will certainly complement photographs at this historic venue. This unique gift to couples will be available for weddings from 2015.
Combermere Abbey is a privately-owned estate on the Shropshire/Cheshire borders. The Abbey itself is a family home, exclusive weddings and events are hosted within the Walled Gardens; stylish and eco-friendly luxury accommodation for up to 49 guests is located in the converted stables and coach house.
The Walled Garden
The Glasshouse at Combermere Abbey