Overview

The Abbey was founded in 1142 on land given by King Stephen and his wife Matilda.

The recently restored Abbot’s stew pond, in which a local vicar was caught fishing and subsequently gaoled in 1293, was a feature when Edward II held court here in 1325. The Abbey showcases exceptional medieval brickwork. The tour includes the abbot’s house, chapel, cloister, recently restored 12th-century guest house,  riverside courtyard and parts of the Tudor house, circa 1581, built around the ruins of the abbey.

Visitors view the great chamber, garderobe, guest bedroom and two interesting four-poster beds on the first floor, and the great hall, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor. 

The Abbey was recently shortlisted by Historic Houses and Sotheby's for their Restoration Award in 2014.

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Tour features

Tour includes abbot's house, chapel, cloister, guest house and riverside courtyard.

Directions

From the A120 travelling from Braintree: turn right into West Street, Coggeshall (follow National Trust sign for Grange Barn), then turn right into Bridge Street (B1024) towards Coggeshall Hamlet and Kelvedon. Turn left into Abbey Lane opposite Grange Barn. The Abbey is at the end of the lane.

From the A120 travelling from Marks Tey: turn left off the bypass into East Street, Coggeshall (follow National Trust sign for Grange Barn), then turn left into Bridge Street (B1024) towards Coggeshall Hamlet and Kelvedon. Turn left into Abbey Lane opposite Grange Barn. The Abbey is at the end of the lane. From the A12: turn off onto the B1024 to Kelvedon. Take the B1024 to Coggeshall (follow National Trust sign for Grange Barn), then turn right into Abbey Lane opposite Grange Barn after Coggeshall Hamlet. The Abbey is at the end of the lane.

Refreshments

Tea, coffee, home-made cake and biscuits.

Access notes

Ground floor, gravel paths.

Restrictions

No photography in the house, no dogs, no stilettos.

 

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Opening
Opening

2019 tour dates

  • 7 May
  • 3 June
  • 10 July
  • 7 August
  • 3 September

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Admission
Admission

All 2019 tours are £20.00 per person, with a discount for Historic Houses members.


Upcoming events

5 May 2020

The Abbey, East

The Abbey was founded in 1142 on land given by King Stephen and his wife Matilda.

The recently restored Abbot’s stew pond, in which a local vicar was caught fishing and subsequently gaoled in 1293, was a feature when Edward II held court here in 1325. The Abbey showcases exceptional medieval brickwork. The tour includes the abbot’s house, chapel, cloister, recently restored 12th-century guest house,  riverside courtyard and parts of the Tudor house, circa 1581, built around the ruins of the abbey.

Visitors view the great chamber, garderobe, guest bedroom and two interesting four-poster beds on the first floor, and the great hall, dining room and kitchen on the ground floor. 

The Abbey was recently shortlisted by Historic Houses and Sotheby's for their Restoration Award in 2014.