Opening Hours:- Every Sunday 2:15pm - 4:45pm (Beginning April to end October) - Bank Holiday Mondays 2:15pm - 4:45pm Coggeshall Museum opened in 1990 in an annex to St. Peter's Hall (now the Village Hall) in Stoneham Street. The hall itself was formerly one of Coggeshall's breweries but since the 1920s has been a focus for many of Coggeshall's...more
The church was built in the 15th century, during the prosperous times of the wool trade in East Anglia. It is beautifully proportioned, with large windows making the interior light and airy – take a look at the east window in the second photograph. The roof is also splendid, with great oak beams spanning across the nave.When I last visited, the...more
One of the two National Trust sites in Coggeshall is the Paycocke's House. This fine half-timbered house is evidence of the wealth generated by the East Anglian wool trade in the 15th and 16th centuries. It contains unusually rich panelling and woodcarving. Coggeshall was also famous for its lace, examples of which are displayed inside the house....more
I deliberated over whether or not a tip for a country pub came under Nightlife or Restaurants. Neither of those seemed to fit, so you find the Woolpack Inn here, under things to do. I figured visiting this cosy old English pub was just that. The Woolpack is a 15th Century coaching inn, and is one of those places filled with heavy old timbers, cosy...more
I am someone who enjoys looking around old churches, but despite living and working near this one for many years, my last visit to England was my first visit to the church of St Peter ad Vincula.There has probably been a church on this site since Saxon times and it is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but the present building dates back to the early...more
The Grange Barn is a 13th Century barn that was once part of a Cistercian abbey which no longer exists (apart from a few fragments) and is a truly impressive building. It is now in the care of the National Trust, although the fact that it is standing at all is something of a miracle, given the state that it was once in. The barn was in regular use...more
Paycocke's House is a heavily timbered merchants house built some time around the beginning of the 16th Century. The building now belongs to the National Trust and is open to the public. However, this is one of the Trusts tenanted properties, meaning that a private Trust tenant family live there, and as such the opening times are limited, as are...more
Maybe not something most tourists would think to do on a vacation, but... maybe you are in need of a computer with internet access to update your Virtual Tourist pages? :-) Our Library in Coggeshall is, of course... "quaint" just like the rest of Coggeshall! Its just one big room but it manages to pack quite a lot into that big room! There are two...more
Aside from the shops and architecture that draws most people to Coggeshall, there are many footpaths that have lovely scenic trails. One of our favorite things to do on the weekend is to put on the "Wellies" (rubber boots to prevent wet/muddy feet) and go for a nice long walk on one of the various footpaths in the Coggeshall Countryside. It is geat...more
Beaumanns Brasserie was on my 'wish list' for years before I finally got to eat here in August 2007. I enjoyed a wonderful lunch here with a girlfriend - the place wasn't overly busy, which I know it can be at weekends and of an evening. However we were thoroughly pampered and at twenty pounds a head we tucked into a shared starter of breads and...more
Of course living in England, you need a decent Fish & Chip shop nearby! We love our neighborhood Chippy. It has recently changed hands and has a new owner and new name. In our opinon, it is much improved. Cleaner, brighter, friendlier, and the chips taste better than ever! Chips, of course!! (No fish for this vegetarian, unfortunately, but friends...more
The White Hart Hotel is a fairly popular choice as a venue for a special meal. I have never stayed here (hence I haven't included it under Hotels and Accommodation!) but have enjoyed a couple of nice meals here. The building is quite old, dating back to the 15th Century, and you get far more of a sense of history from inside than you do from...more
Tip Under ConstructionThis restaurant used to be owned by Peter Langan (and called Langan's Brasserie) - before he came to a sudden end in 1988, and the restaurant was taken over by his chef, Mark Baumann.We haven't eaten here for some years, but a friend does regularly, and it is supposed to be excellent !more
I have written this as a restaurant tip because we have eaten there several times, but never actually stayed here - after all, Coggeshall is only 5 minutes down the road from where we live.The restaurant is quite spacious, and has a great atmosphere, reflecting the age of the building. Exposed timber beams and studs in the walls can be rather...more
The Clockhouse is our local Tea Room here in Coggeshall. They serve all sorts of tea in a cozy, traditionally English atmosphere. The Tea room is decorated with an eclectic mix of mismatched wooden tables and mismatched tea cups and tea pots, but this only adds to the charm. The Clockhouse seems to be run by two women - one does the cooking and the...more
We have had many good Pub lunches at The Chapel Inn. It is in the center of the village on Market Hill. It is a classic English pub with great food.
Sunday night is quiz night at the Chapel Inn! The quiz starts at 8pm, and entry is £1 per person. Rollover Jackpot. 1st 2nd & 3rd prizes.and a booby prize.
There is often Live music at The Chapel Inn. It is a pretty popular place with locals.
Getting to Coggeshall via public transport can be a little tricky. Our nearest train station is three miles away. To get here from London, you would want to take the train. The Central Line on the London Tube connects with both the Liverpool Street Station, or Stratford Train Station - each have trains heading out our way. Then you'll want to get...more
One thing I was so impressed with when I moved to Coggeshall is the fact that there is a Community Bus. The Coggeshall Community Bus was started in 1982, and being totally run by volunteers, it provides a unique service, which provides morning and evening commuter runs to and from Kelvedon Train Station, as well local midday runs, to provide an...more
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UPDATE: Such a shame, but on my last visit to Coggeshall in 2007 I saw that Goodies has been put up for sale. The shop was empty and closed up.This is an incredible little shop which is great fun to explore. As well as selling a variety of gifts and knick-knacks, Goodies specialise in furniture for dolls houses. The room at the back is devoted to...more
Fabiloa is in the centre of Coggeshall and used to be my favourite shop to visit when choosing a gift for friends. On my last visit to England, I was introduced to Pilgrim jewellery, and became an instant fan. Fabiola seems to be a major stockist of Pilgrim, as well as other brands of fashion jewellery and other gifts including delicious Belgian...more
Every July, Coggeshall has a Carnival Celebration complete with a parade. The whole town gathers in the town center and watches as the adorable floats pass by. It is such a great small-village event!
St Nicholas is the chapel dates back to 1225. It is definitely off the beaten path. There are no signs directing you to this tiny chapel on the end of Abbey Lane. I am partial to this tiny chapel because we were married there! If you ask a local they can point you in the right direction, and if you ask the viccar of St. Peter's (the main church in...more
All throughout the spring and summer, we see gorgeous vibrantly colored Hot Air Balloons going right over our house in Coggeshall! They take off just a few miles from our house, in Kelvedon, and we love seeing them go past! It is one thing I would love to do - take a leisurely balloon ride over this sweet little village I have grown to love so...more
One of our favorite things to do is to go for a long walk on a Sunday afternoon to Marks Hall. Its a fair trek from our house, but it is a short drive if traveling by car. We like to go there, have a nice cup of tea and a jacket potato in the tea room, browse around in the gift shop, and then walk around the grounds, which are just gorgeous. You...more