Please note: This house does not offer free entry to Historic House members.
For alternative options please see other opening options.

Other opening

Overview

The story of the building provides the clues that inform the conservation strategies and details.

It is clear that the architects, clients and builders have worked very closely together to create a particularly sensitive and beautifully judged renovation.

It is not only in attention to detail that this project excels, but also in the reuse of the original shops and a range of other community functions. The library, exhibition room and main hall all reveal that the building makes a continued and significant contribution to the local community.


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tour only.

Find Us
Find us

The Guildhall is located next to the church, opposite the Finchingfield Lion pub on Churchill Hill, Finchingfield (B1053). Parking can be found around the village. Parking can be found around the village. 

For those wishing to avoid climbing the hill or using steps, parking is advised in Vicarage Road where there is a path leading through the churchyard to the Guildhall. From the village green, follow the road up the hill with the church to the right, taking the first right just before the Three Tuns pub.

Forthcoming Tours

12 May 2020
2PM - 4PM | £13.00

13 Jun 2020
2PM - 4PM | £13.00

18 Jul 2020
2PM - 4PM | £13.00

8 Sep 2020
2PM - 4PM | £13.00

13 Oct 2020
2PM - 4PM | £13.00

Tour Overview

Go on a guided tour of the interior and exterior of the Guildhall and interactive museum, library and small shop, led by the team involved in its renovation. It is set within the grounds of St John the Baptist Norman church.

Tour duration

2 hours

Tour prices

£13.00 per person.

Refreshments

Tea, coffee, cordial, and a selection of home-made cakes.

Access notes

We have a disability lift allowing full access to the Guildhall. There is also a path through the graveyard leading to the Guildhall. Please refer to directions.

 


Opening
Opening

Open by Private Tour only.

Find Us
Find us

The Guildhall is located next to the church, opposite the Finchingfield Lion pub on Churchill Hill, Finchingfield (B1053). Parking can be found around the village. Parking can be found around the village. 

For those wishing to avoid climbing the hill or using steps, parking is advised in Vicarage Road where there is a path leading through the churchyard to the Guildhall. From the village green, follow the road up the hill with the church to the right, taking the first right just before the Three Tuns pub.

Other opening


Finchingfield Guildhall's history and features

The Guildhall was built around 1470 by the Guild of the Holy Trinity to house a Guild of priests and to provide a schoolroom for the boys of the village. The Guildroom has been used for a place of learning for more than five centuries.  Recent restoration work has exposed scorch marks on the timbers of the Guildroom where priests attached wax tapers to light their studies at night.

The Building fell into disrepair and  following the second world war attempts were made to restore the site.  Unfortunately inappropriate materials were used, and architectural details were covered up.  In 2008 the Finchingfield Guildhall trust was formed to save the site from dereliction.  After several years bidding for funding, the build started in earnest in 2011.  Expert craftsmen were employed using ancient techniques, and local materials were sourced. 

In keeping with its original purpose in 2014 the building is now a stimulating heritage based facility for all.


Fun Facts
  • All plinth and floor bricks were handmade in Bulmer 
  • Only sustainable English oak was used in the building
  • Pargetting is the zig zag and comb pattern on the walls
  • Mortise, Tenon and pegs hold the building together (not bolts or screws)
  • Bats and swifts have slots in the end and side to allow them in the lofts
  • Ritualistic candles left burn marks on the timbre frame studs
  • Finchingfield clay was used in the new plaster mix
  • Casein is the milk derivative used in the lime was paint