"The Moot Hall, Maldon" an illustrated talk by Penney McAvoy and supported by Mike Fogg

Wednesday 05 April 2017
20:00 to 22:00

Maldon is a town overflowing with historic buildings, arguably the most important of which is the Moot Hall, a three-storey brick tower standing prominently in the town's High Street. It was originally part of a private house erected in about 1420 - and with an almost continuous occupation since that time. Its architectural history is not surprisingly rather complicated with much speculation remaining as to the exact sequence of the building's development over the past six centuries. Acquired by the Borough of Maldon in a derelict state in 1576, the Moot Hall has seen use as a town hall, a prison, a police station, a council chamber, a mayor's office and a public meeting place.


Today the building has a new life as a centre for the social history of the town whilst at the same time retaining some features from its many past lives, such as the 19th century Magistrates' Court layout remaining on the first floor. The Moot Hall is not a museum piece however and the building continues to play an active part in the life of the town with events including exhibitions, performances as well as being used for weddings and civil ceremonies.


Visitors to the next meeting of the South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society, will be able to enjoy a 'guided tour' of the Moot Hall without needing to leave their seats when Penny McAvoy from the Moot Hall will give an illustrated talk about this intriguing building.  Penney will be supported in her presentation by Local History Society member Mike Fogg who will be contributing a series of specially taken photographs for the occasion that should really bring the subject to life.


Visitors will be very welcome (admission £3) and no booking is necessary.

Contact John Frankland
01245 321518
Champions Manor Hall Community Centre
Hullbridge Road
South Woodham Ferrers
(view map)
Cost Free for members of Society, Visitors welcome entry fee £3.00