Bride who fell down wedding venue's steps sues stately home for £100,000

A BRIDE who fell down a stately home’s stone staircase on her wedding day is suing for £100,000.

Hellen Hetherington was rushed to hospital after her late night trip.

She claims she suffered serious leg injuries due to inadequate lighting and her wedding night was ruined.

Hellen and husband Bruce Knowles wed at 114-year-old Sennowe Park — a country pile in Norfolk — in 2017.

A vintage car took them to the venue and the newlyweds were serenaded by a string quartet as Mr Knowles sang hits from Les Miserables.

High Court papers show they fell on steps connecting terraces while returning to a marquee on the lower lawn.


Lawyer Wanda Szczygiel states: “First her husband, then she fell almost at the same time. The steps were inadequately lit.”

Mrs Knowles, the head of procurement at a Norwich farmers’ buying group, says she needed 24-hour care and is still unable to drive.

She is claiming £100,000 damages.

Sennowe Park’s owner Charles Temple-Richards and events firm Softley Events deny liability.

Defence lawyers say it was a “pure accident” when Mr Knowles slipped and dragged his wife down as well.


They say suitable lighting was in place and the couple should not have been outside the house at the time as the event ended at midnight.

The Grade-II listed house at Sennowe Park, which features Italianate terraces with a view over a lake, is described as “one of Norfolk’s most romantic and impressive Edwardian country houses”.

The claim will be heard at a later date.


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