Bowcliffe Hall

Sidney Paul & Co commissioned by Yorkshire business man Jonathan Turner to create a bespoke fabric for The Bowcliffe Hall Drivers’ Club.

Owned by entrepreneur and business man Jonathan Turner, Bowcliffe Hall is home to the to the headquarters of The Bayford Group. Joanne and Sidney from Sidney Paul and Co. first met Jonathan at the Goodwood Revival, when Sidney’s illustrations of vintage cars took his eye. Several years later their chance encounter would lead to an exciting collaboration with Jonathan on his project to restore and refurbish Bowcliffe Hall in Yorkshire.

Jonathan spearheaded the restoration of the 200 year old Bowcliffe Hall as a tribute to Robert Balckburn, Bowcliffe’s owner 1917-1955. Blackburn was the first Yorkshire man to have designed and built a powered aeroplane and played a significant role in Britain’s early aviation history. Bowcliffe Hall became a meeting place for aircraft pioneers, the RAF, national politicians and the media of the day. The multi million pound restoration has made Bowcliffe Hall the most beautiful and inspiring events and conference facility in Yorkshire.

The Bowcliffe Drivers’ Club is a private members club inspired by the 1920’s and the Golden age of motoring. Jonathan’s passion for racing pre-war cars and 1950’s cars gave him a clear vision of what interior he wanted to create for the rooms of the club. He filled this events venue with original motoring art and artefacts. Then taking inspiration from the cars he owns he commissioned a series of designers to create bespoke furniture, lighting and fabric to complete the look. Bespoke light fittings incorporated his favourite car manufacturers logos in an elegant up-cycled style. Sidney Paul and Co. was asked to create a unique fabric which was used for the window decoration. Vintage illustrations of scenes of Bowcliffe Hall and Jonathan’s collection of 1920’s cars were created by the Sidney Paul and Co design team, elegantly dressed ladies set the tone of the fashionable 1920’s taking you back to Robert Blackburn’s Bowcliffe.

Bowcliffe Hall is recognised as one of Yorkshire’s most stunning wedding venues. Steeped in history, it provides the perfect location for a wedding, with various areas licensed for the ceremony, and stunning reception areas to suit all preferences and size of groups. For a contemporary Yorkshire wedding, the venue offers a selection of decadent interiors, including the impressive and opulent Georgian ballroom, the more intimate Drivers’ Club, and the versatile and unique Blackburn Wing offering a treetop location reflecting the history of its namesake, Robert Blackburn, previous owner and resident of the hall. There is no better location to hire a room for a meeting or conference than the stunning offering from Bowcliffe Hall.

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