Stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling made this wealthy merchant's house a medieval des res built to impress.

The vineyard has been in existence for 30 years. After becoming run-down and neglected was bought in 2009 by the Mohan family, and the existing 800 Faber wines extended to include 3000 Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. It offers wine walking tours, wine tasting and of course a modern and informed café.

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The saying "A Coggeshall job" was used in Essex from the 17th to the 19th century to mean any poor or pointless piece of work, after the reputed stupidity of its villagers. There were numerous stories of the inhabitants' ridiculous endeavours, such as chaining up a wheelbarrow in a shed after it had been bitten by a rabid dog, for fear it would go mad. John Ray's 1670 Collection of English Proverbs gives the following rhyme:

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The Abbey was founded in 1140 by King Stephen of England and Matilda of Boulogne as a Savigniac house, but became Cistercian in 1147 upon the absorption of the order. The Abbey finally closed in 1538 during Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.

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The modern history of Coggeshall begins around 1140 when King Stephen and his queen Matilda, founded a large Savigniac abbey with 12 monks from Savigny in France,[8] the last to be established before the order was absorbed by the Cistercians in 1147. Matilda visited the Abbey for the last time in 1151 and asked for the Abbot's blessing, "If thou should never see my face again, pray for my Soul. More things are wrought by prayer than this World dreams of."[6][9]

After the decline of the wool trade, Coggeshall's economy centred around cloth, silk and velvet, with over half of the population employed in its production. The cloth trade is first linked with the town in 1557 as a well-established industry but the onslaught of various trade laws brought about the decline of the trade. The last book order entry for cloth production is listed as 14 November 1800.[14]

Recline and warm up in our coffee shop with a drink and snacks before browsing the shelves in our shop for the perfect gift or a tempting memento of your visit.

Coggeshall has one comprehensive secondary school called Honywood Community Science School.

The Methodists have been present in Coggeshall since 1811, worshipping first at a house on Stoneham Street, then a chapel on East Street. A permanent chapel was constructed in 1883 on Stoneham Street to seat 250 people and now hosts a local children's nursery.[23]

The club also runs an under 18 team which is in the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties Under 18 League.

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Sir Robert Hitcham's School was founded in 1636 as part of the will of Sir Robert Hitcham, a member of parliament and Attorney General. The school was to educate 20 or 30 of the poorest children of the town and to give them funding for apprenticeships. The school functioned until the mid-20th century, being rebuilt in 1858 on land opposite Paycockes.[45]

On exiting Paycocke's, turn right along West Street - there's a memorial garden on right hand side that's worth a detour. Go straight over at road junction to the next junction at The White Hart Hotel close to town.

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At path junction turn right through the gate, through car park to main road. Cross over road turn right and along to Paycocke's House.

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The changes that Paycocke’s has undergone in its 500-year history have left unexplained features in the house and garden. Ponder the fake fireplaces, mismatched panelling and missing storeys.

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Don't miss the nation's favourite pastime of drinking tea and finding crafty gifts in our garden room coffee shop.

Step back in time to the year 1512 and get a fascinating insight into Tudor life as you walk through Coggeshall.

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Recent visitors to the house tell us how much they enjoyed the new ways of telling the story of the house - and the people who have lived here.

Find hundreds of places to explore on foot on our walking map and lots more walking ideas. Whatever you want from a walk, we've got something special just for you.

Carefully cross over the river at the arched footbridge then turn right and follow the river along the footpath. Look out for any wildlife activity in the river and/or observe the general area for trees and plants. Follow the footpath, round the horseshoe in river, and roughly 5 minutes later go left on path and up to the right side of Coggeshall Town football club and up to the main road (West Street).

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At the Abbey ruins, return back along the Essex Way, cross over main road then back into Coggeshall Grange Barn. Spend some time here if you did not do it earlier, and look at the exhibits.

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Take a closer look into the lengthy history of this impressive house, how it was constructed, what was here before, and why pilgrims have flocked to the house through the centuries.

The Cistercians maintained a library at the Abbey.[8] Scholarly works were produced such as Ralph of Coggeshall's Chronicon Anglicanum and John Godard's Concerning the threefold method of calculating[44] alongside the ecclesiastical. There was also a school at the Abbey before 1464, in contravention of Cistercian rule.[8]

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The hotel has 20 stylishly presented bedrooms, with a mixture of Superior, Double, Twin and Single standard rooms, each in keeping with the hotels traditional décor and boasts the buildings original features.

Paycocke's House is built on top of a Roman road. Built around 1500 for Thomas Paycocke, the house is a grand example of the wealth generated by the cloth trade in the 16th-century. Marvel at the stunning woodcarving and elaborate panelling inside this merchant's house, while outside there's a beautiful and tranquil cottage garden. Enjoy a stroll through the garden simply sit, relax and enjoy the peace and quiet, or enjoy a coffee in the new coffee shop.