Shooting at Quidenham

For over 200 years Quidenham Estate has been a very fine shoot. In the late 1800’s the estate was owned by Lord Albermarle and it was during this time King Edward VII was a regular visitor. Back in those days the quarry was English Partridges with bag sizes up to 750 brace per day. These days our driven days are principally French Partridge and Pheasant and bag sizes typically around 200 birds, although days can be structured for up to 300.

 

From the 2015/6 season the shoot has been managed by Nick and Wendy Culley. A number of key changes were made including a new shoot lodge, new catering and hospitality, introduction of new drives, new shoot trailer and new game birds. We were delighted with the success of our first season and very proud of some very positive press coverage, especially in the April 2016 edition of Shooting Gazette.

The Quidenham Team

 

Our gamekeeper Robert Brown has overseen more than 1,000 days shooting and his knowledge is second to none. Our part time under keeper Daniel Buckle is particularly active and involved once our poults arrive although is always available and a great all-round help.

 

Our loyal team of beaters and pickers-up are a great asset to the shoot and many have been involved for many decades.

 

The hospitality and catering is led by Wendy Culley and on shoot days is supported by Emma Burton, Virginia Child and Lisa Brown. Food is freshly prepared and all meat and game is locally supplied. In May 2016 we were awarded the ‘Elevenses’ Award by Shooting Gazette and our signature ‘Quidenham’ sausage rolls are gaining a reputation for being rather special. The majority of shoot days are hosted by shoot tenant Nick Culley.

 

The estate tenant farmers and estate managers are key to our success and we are grateful for their help and support. The farmers actively help with our cover crop planning and provide drivers and tractors for our shoot days.

 

 

Historic Quidenham

 

 

Quidenham Hall sits in the heart of the estate and was acquired by the 3rd Earl of Albermarle in 1755. The family continued to own the hall and estate until 1948 when the hall was acquired by Carmelite Nuns and is now a Monastry.

 

The history of Quidenham Estate is fascinating with one person in particular receiving notable coverage - Alice Keppel, who was widely reported as King Edward VII’s favourite mistress. Alice Keppel was married to George Keppel and sister-in-law to the 8th Earl of Albermarle.

 

Lord Albermarle’s shooting parties were grand events with the cream of British society as guns and guests. At the peak of these times there were as many as fifty beaters on a shoot day and the keeper led the teams whilst riding a horse.

 

During the ownership of the Earls of Albermarle the estate was developed and became a high quality shoot which is referred to in the renowned shooting publication “The Great Shots” by Ruffer. Country Life, Shooting Times and Shooting Gazette magazines have featured the shoot over the years leading to considerable interest and loyalty from guns across the UK, Europe and North America.

 

The King first visited Quidenham as Prince of Wales in 1897 and was a regular visitor as a guest of Lord Albermarle for many years. Pictured is ‘The Devil’s Oven’ a tapered flint tunnel constructed to capture ducks for the King’s visits as he didn’t like any lead shot in his Duck. The King would arrive on the Royal train with a vast entourage – some of his servants had servants and pictured is some of the Royal Servants outside Quidenham Hall in 1909.

 

 

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Shooting at Quidenham

 

For over 200 years Quidenham Estate has been a very fine shoot. In the late 1800’s the estate was owned by Lord Albermarle and it was during this time King Edward VII was a regular visitor. Back in those days the quarry was English Partridges with bag sizes up to 750 brace per day. These days our driven days are principally French Partridge and Pheasant and bag sizes typically around 200 birds, although days can be structured for up to 300.

 

From the 2015/6 season the shoot has been managed by Nick and Wendy Culley. A number of key changes were made including a new shoot lodge, new catering and hospitality, introduction of new drives, new shoot trailer and new game birds. We were delighted with the success of our first season and very proud of some very positive press coverage, especially in the April 2016 edition of Shooting Gazette.

 

 

 

Our gamekeeper Robert Brown has overseen more than 1,000 days shooting and his knowledge is second to none. Our part time under keeper Daniel Buckle is particularly active and involved once our poults arrive although is always available and a great all-round help.

 

Our loyal team of beaters and pickers-up are a great asset to the shoot and many have been involved for many decades.

 

The hospitality and catering is led by Wendy Culley and on shoot days is supported by Emma Burton, Virginia Child and Lisa Brown. Food is freshly prepared and all meat and game is locally supplied. In May 2016 we were awarded the ‘Elevenses’ Award by Shooting Gazette and our signature ‘Quidenham’ sausage rolls are gaining a reputation for being rather special. The majority of shoot days are hosted by shoot tenant Nick Culley.

 

The estate tenant farmers and estate managers are key to our success and we are grateful for their help and support. The farmers actively help with our cover crop planning and provide drivers and tractors for our shoot days.

 

 

 

 

Our gamekeeper Robert Brown has overseen more than 1,000 days shooting and his knowledge is second to none. Our part time under keeper Daniel Buckle is particularly active and involved once our poults arrive although is always available and a great all-round help.

 

Our loyal team of beaters and pickers-up are a great asset to the shoot and many have been involved for many decades.

 

The hospitality and catering is led by Wendy Culley and on shoot days is supported by Emma Burton, Virginia Child and Lisa Brown. Food is freshly prepared and all meat and game is locally supplied. In May 2016 we were awarded the ‘Elevenses’ Award by Shooting Gazette and our signature ‘Quidenham’ sausage rolls are gaining a reputation for being rather special. The majority of shoot days are hosted by shoot tenant Nick Culley.

 

The estate tenant farmers and estate managers are key to our success and we are grateful for their help and support. The farmers actively help with our cover crop planning and provide drivers and tractors for our shoot days.

 

 

 

Historic Quidenham

 

 

Quidenham Hall sits in the heart of the estate and was acquired by the 3rd Earl of Albermarle in 1755. The family continued to own the hall and estate until 1948 when the hall was acquired by Carmelite Nuns and is now a Monastry.

 

The history of Quidenham Estate is fascinating with one person in particular receiving notable coverage - Alice Keppel, who was widely reported as King Edward VII’s favourite mistress. Alice Keppel was married to George Keppel and sister-in-law to the 8th Earl of Albermarle.

 

Lord Albermarle’s shooting parties were grand events with the cream of British society as guns and guests. At the peak of these times there were as many as fifty beaters on a shoot day and the keeper led the teams whilst riding a horse.

 

During the ownership of the Earls of Albermarle the estate was developed and became a high quality shoot which is referred to in the renowned shooting publication “The Great Shots” by Ruffer. Country Life, Shooting Times and Shooting Gazette magazines have featured the shoot over the years leading to considerable interest and loyalty from guns across the UK, Europe and North America.

 

The King first visited Quidenham as Prince of Wales in 1897 and was a regular visitor as a guest of Lord Albermarle for many years. Pictured is ‘The Devil’s Oven’ a tapered flint tunnel constructed to capture ducks for the King’s visits as he didn’t like any lead shot in his Duck. The King would arrive on the Royal train with a vast entourage – some of his servants had servants and pictured is some of the Royal Servants outside Quidenham Hall in 1909.