Oxnead Hall reveals 450-year-old Valentine's letter

14 Feb 2017

The contents of a 450-year-old Valentine's letter which was written at Oxnead Hall in Norfolk has been revealed and the words are truly romantic...

Home of the Paston family, Oxnead Hall in Norfolk - the 2017 EDP Bride: Wedding Venue of the Year, has unveiled a love letter that was written in 1477 for Valentine's Day.

In the letter, Margery Brews writes to her fiancé, John Paston, describing him as her 'right well beloved Valentine' and the rest of the letter continues in true romantic style....

Unto my right well-beloved Valentine
John Paston, squire, be this bill delivered.
Right reverent and worshipful and my
Right well-beloved Valentine, I
Recommend me unto you full heartedly, desiring to hear of your
Welfare, which I beseech Almighty God
Long for to preserve unto his pleasure
And your hearts desire.

And if it pleases you to hear of my
Welfare, I am not in good health of
Body nor of heart, nor shall I be till I
Hear from you.

For there knows no creature what
Pain that I endure, and even on the
Pain of death I would reveal no more.

And my lady my mother hath
Laboured the matter to my father full
Diligently, but she can no more get
than you already know of, for which
God knoweth I am full sorry.

But if you love me, as I trust verily
That you do, you will not leave me

For even if you had not half the
Livelihood  that you have , for to do the
Greatest labour that any woman alive
Might, I would not forsake you.

And if you commend me to keep me
True wherever I go, indeed I will do all
My might you to love and never anyone else.

And if my friends say that I do amiss,
They shall not stop me from doing so.

My heart me bids evermore to love
you truly over all earthly things

And if they be never so angry, I trust
It shall be better in time coming.

No more to you at this time, but the
Holy Trinity have you in keeping.

And I beseech you that this bill be
Not seen by any non earthly creature
Save only yourself.

And this letter was written with a full heavy heart.
Be your own, Margery Brews

Oxnead Hall is now a well-established wedding venue since commencing a partnership with venue management company, Unique Norfolk Venues, three years ago. 

The luxurious venue now offers church and civil ceremonies, as well as accommodation for up to 32 guests and a newly restored barn for a wedding reception. 

Commenting on their recent award win at the EDP Bride: The Wedding Awards, owners David and Beverley Aspinall said: “Oxnead Hall has entertained lavishly since the 1400s, welcoming royalty and nobility as well as friends and family, so it feels appropriate that it should continue to do so. I’m sure that Margery and John Paston would be delighted to see the tradition continuing and love continuing to blossom at Oxnead.”

For more information on weddings at Oxnead Hall, visit http://oxneadhall.co.uk/.

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