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Coggeshall, Essex

The old Gardner's brewery in Bridge Street

This was a medieval wool town on the route of the old Roman Stane Street. Its history really develops from 1140 when a large Cistercian abbey was founded here. The monks were extensively sheep farmers so this promoted the wool trade from the 15th to the 18th century and Coggeshall's prosperity was based on this.
Coggeshall is sited on the banks of the River Blackwater in north-east Essex. It is steeped in history from pre-Roman to modern times and many communities worldwide have traced their ancestral roots back to this charming village.
has around 5000 inhabitants and over 200 listed buildings which includes two important National Trust properties – Grange Barn and Paycocke House. The remains of a 12th century Cistercian Abbey lie on the outskirts of the village and on Church Green stands the church of St Peter-ad-Vincula, an Essex 'wool' church. Just a mile or so outside of Coggeshall is Marks Hall, an outstanding country estate and arboretum. Coggeshall has much to offer to both the casual visitor or those looking for a great place to live.

Coggeshall Village Crest

was founded c. 1140 by the
Sauvignac order and was made possible
by Queen Matilda, wife of
King Stephen, through her
inheritance of
Coggeshall Manor.
the Sauvignacs became part of the
Cistercian order.
sheep farming was undertaken by
the Cistercians and this laid the
great impetus to the  woollen
and cloth trade which would
eventually make Coggeshall
so prosperous

currently undergoing refurbishing
and will reopen in the Spring 2005

Coggeshall's main website
with some delightful pictures
and a map of the town

about a mile outside Coggeshall.
a garden of trees, a place to
wind down, and watch wildlife.
vistors can wander, at will, through
over 100 acres of arboretum containing
lakes and the
17th century walled  garden
and over 8 miles of woodland walks
and footpaths.
the Visitor Centre, housed in a
beautiful Sixteenth Century barn,
provides an information base,
gift shop and tea shop
 with teas, coffees and lunches,
featuring home-made soups and cakes

take a walk around Coggeshall
without getting muddy shoes!

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in Essex
there are over 6,100 kilometres
(3800 miles) of public rights of way
and everyone has a right to
use them and a responsibility
to look after them.

 a long-distance path stretching right
across the County of Essex
 from Epping in the south-west
to the port of Harwich in
the north-east.
Following footpaths
and ancient green
lanes it covers a distance of 81 miles.
The path leads you through
ancient woodlands, open farmland,
tree-lined river valleys and
leafy green lanes,
unveiling historic towns
and villages along the way
The Essex Way passes very
close to Coggeshall.

there are hidden treasures waiting
to be discovered throughout the
beautiful country of Essex.
villages, heritage, vibrant culture.
tranquil gardens, brilliant attractions,
an awsome coastline, and that's
just to start with. don't take our
word for it, go and visit the website
and then go and visit Essex

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