History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The stunning Jacobean manor of Audley End House
Many of these historic buildings feature elaborate patterns of pargetting; a type of exterior plasterwork that is common to East Anglia. One of the oldest and most intriguing timber-framed building is the town youth hostel on Myddylton Place, which dates to at least the 15th century.
Other historic buildings include:
There has been an active market here since the 13th century. And as I can attest, it is still quite busy; we visited Saffron Walden on a Saturday, and the area around the market place was packed to overflowing with people! One of the most interesting buildings on the market place is one of the most recent - the Barclays Bank building was designed by Eden Nesfield in 1874. Another Victorian addition is a very grand drinking fountain, built to commemorate the marriage of The Prince of Wales and Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863. Nearby is the Italianate Library, originally the Corn Exchange, built in 1848.
At the corner of King Street and Cross Street is a large 15th century hall house, with a roof that was raised in the 18th century. This area was the mercantile hub of medieval Saffron Walden, and in 1630 three-quarters of the shops in town were situated in The Rows. Several of the houses on Cross Street show Tudor shop windows; these had shutters which could be opened to create a counter and an overhead canopy to protect goods on sale.
Castle Street is full of attractive older buildings, many dating to around 1500. On Castle Street is the Fry Art Gallery, opened in 1856 by Francis Gison, who developed the Bridge End Garden. This beautiful public area is one of the delights of Saffron Walen, with a rose garden, sunken garden, wilderness, Dutch Garden, and Maze.
About Saffron Walden
Address: Saffron Walden, Essex, England
Attraction Type: Town
Location: On the B184, junction 9 of the M11
Website: Saffron Walden
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Walden Castle - 0.4 miles (Castle)
Saffron Walden Museum - 0.4 miles (Museum)
Saffron Walden, St Mary's Church - 0.5 miles (Historic Church)
Audley End House - 1.3 miles (Historic House)
Wendens Ambo, St Mary's Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Priors Hall Barn - 4.1 miles (Historic Building)
Ickleton, St Mary's Church - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
Thaxted, St John the Baptist Church - 6.2 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Saffron Walden:
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Tourist Information Centre
1 Market Place
Tel: 01799 524 002
Fax: 01799 524003