On Saturday John and I took ourselves off to the pretty medieval market town of Coggeshall a 40 minute drive from home.
The town lies on the Roman Road of Stane Street between Colchester and Braintree and can be traced back to around 1140 when a burgeoning textile trade sprung up around Coggeshall Abbey and the town's trade route to London.
The hub of the town is the White Hart Inn in Market End which dates back to around 1420 and is thought to have once been the old Guild Hall.
The clock house was built in the 16th century and was formerly a
school for poor children. The clock tower was added in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria's Golden jubilee.
We had a lovely hot lunch in the Clockhouse Tearooms (whilst it was snowing heavily outside)
This was the rear of the cafe where they had a small garden nursery which we wanted to have a nose around. You can see the buildings are very wibbly wobbly
While we were there we paid a visit to this National Trust property Paycocke's, built in 1550 by leading cloth merchant Thomas Paycocke who wanted to show off his family's wealth and a grand example of the wealth generated by East Anglia's
wool trade in Tudor England.
This was the rear of the building which led us to the rambling gardens and
also the coffee shop!
and again you can see the misshapen and slightly leaning buildings
Such a pretty town and because of the weather (I know it looks fine here) we didn't see as much as we'd have liked
I couldn't go home before loitering around a quant little shop or two - like you do - and I just happened to come across these gorgeous mother-of-pearl cake knives and forks, which John very kindly treated me to. I'm over the moon, they're so sweet.
and - just as we were paying I caught sight of the matching spoons - job done!
Can't wait to go back now - the town of course.
See you soon x
See you soon x