IMG_1048Penarth Town Council is applying for a licence for its headquarters at West House in Stanwell Road to become an official venue for weddings and civil partnerships.

Part of the large front lawn at West House

Part of the large front lawn at West House

The oak-panelled Mayor's Parlour

The oak-panelled Mayor’s Parlour

The building – which was bought by Penarth Town Council from the Vale of Glamrogan Council for £100,000 – already has a registrar’s office but this only deals with recording births and deaths.

The moulded ceiling at West House

The moulded ceiling at West House

Now Penarth Council has decided to get the building licensed under the terms of the  Marriages (Approved Premises) Regulations  so that civil weddings – and partnership ceremonies  can take place at West House..

The room most likely to be used for the ceremonies is the oak-panelled dual-aspect “Mayor’s Parlour” which features an attractive moulded ceiling and is flooded with natural light most of the day.

It looks  out onto the large and immaculate front lawn – which will also be a potential attraction for wedding planners.

The drapes and dated furniture are to be replaced

The drapes and dated furniture are to be replaced

It’s likely the adjacent council chamber will also be made available. Both rooms will be decorated and furniture updated before bookings are taken.

West House may be putting itself in competition with the renovated Pier Pavilion which already has three wedding bookings on its diary – even though it doesn’t open to the public until September and has a busy schedule of launch events.

No  date has yet been given as to when West House will become available for weddings but if the venture is a success the council may also apply for similar licences for The Kymin and the Paget Rooms.

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  1. Editor says:

    I recall that West House was given to the former Penarth Urban District Council by a benefactor for the benefit of the residents and the property was acquired by the Vale Council when the PUDC was dissolved. West House was then sold back to Penarth Town Council and the residents had to purchase an asset that they had already been given.
    Peter Hansen.

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