8 October 2008
We visit the historic village of Coggeshall, built on the site of a Roman settlement and home to some of the oldest and most picturesque buildings in England. Originally founded by King Stephen in 1142, Coggeshall Abbey was transferred to an order of French Cistercian monks in 1148. The monks brought with them many skills, including brick-making, the evidence of which can still be seen in the Abbot’s House, Guest House and Cloisters. We are given an exclusive guided tour of these stunning ancient monuments by the present owner who lives in the adjoining sixteenth-century manor house, itself once owned by Sir Thomas Seymour, brother of Jane and guardian of Elizabeth I. We also visit Paycocke’s, one of the finest examples of late Gothic and Tudor timber-framed architecture featuring uncommonly intricate carved woodwork and panelling.
9am–7pm; SOLD OUT