Welcome to the Coggeshall Museum Website

The Museum is open from 2.00 – 4.30pm on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays

and on Saturdays in July and August.

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This colour slide of Grange Hill in October 1965 was taken by the late Bill Payne and offered to the museum for copying by Lisa Fullegar. Photos of Coggeshall and Markshall from the 1950s and 1960s are always very welcome. Use the contact tab above to get in touch.

Coggeshall's History Online

  • Historic Buildings

    Coggeshall is blessed with hundreds of fascinating buildings - find out about some of them here.
  • Remarkable People

    Coggeshall has been home to some remarkable characters down the years - find out more about some of them here.
  • Trade and Industry

    Coggeshall grew to prosperity through wool but the town was host to a surprising variety of trades.
  • Family History

    The museum holds a wealth of information for family history researchers.
  • Coggeshall Artists

    Coggeshall has been home to some notable artists over the years
  • Roll of Honour

    For the Coggeshall men who lost their lives in two World Wars
  • Some Museum Exhibits

    A gallery of some of the museum exhibits chosen by our volunteers
  • Gallery

    A selection from our photo collection
  • Our Photo Collection

    A link to our main collection of photos and maps
  • Museum Shop

    Coggeshall items for sale in the museum
  • 1575 Coggeshall Rental

    A map showing all the house plots in Coggeshall and a list showing who lived there in 1575

A Model of Coggeshall Abbey.

New to the museum in 2023 was a wonderful model of Coggeshall Abbey created by Ian Stock. Based on the evidence from John Gardner’s research and excavations in the 1950s, it allows us to see how the abbey was laid out and its relationship with the surviving abbey buildings, St Nicholas Chapel and the river.

For Family History Researchers

The museum has an archive for family history research some of which is available online.

Other materials are available in our search room including a good collection of Trade Directories and books and articles relating to Coggeshall.

Private Visits

The museum welcomes private or group visits
(There is a charge for this service)

Hayden Coggeshall and family from Massachusetts on a private visit to the museum in March 2024

Guided Walks

We offer guided walks around Coggeshall for groups of up to 20 people
Please use the ‘Contact’ tab above for more details.
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Coggeshall Speaks!

Video Joan Joslin who was born in November 1922 recalling times past in Coggeshall.

The recording was made by Steve Williams in 2006 for the Coggeshall Heritage Society.

Why not join the rota of volunteers who assist on museum opening days?

From as little as one afternoon a year you can meet and greet our visitors, become part of the community and learn something about our history as a bonus!