Maldon Moot Hall
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th century brick staircase
At that time all the other major buildings on Maldon's High Street were bult of timber, so D'Arcy decided to build his new dwelling of red brick. Though it is now ubiquitous, in the early 15th century brick was a prestige material, and only those who were wealthy could afford to build in brick. so D'arcy's new house was not just an impressive new structure, it was a statement.
On the ground floor is a large common room, Mayor's Parlour, the original police station, underground brick-vaulted gaol cell, and the exercise yard for prisoners. On the first floor is a recreated 19th century court room. The second floor houses the Council Chambers and display of local history. Visitors can ascend to the roof for panoramic views over Maldon and the Blackwater estuary.
In the eastern corner of the building is a set of brick stairs connecting the three floors. This unique newel staircase is one of the earliest uses of bricks for stairs in England, and is quite an amazing piece of architecture. A comparable stair of roughly similar date can be found at Kirby Muxloe Castle in Leicestershire.
The Moot Hall is open regularly for guided tours, especially on Saturdays (see the official website or the notice board outside the Hall). When we visited we met an extremely friendly guide who was full of enthusiasm for the history of the building, and the town itself. Her knowledge and friendliness really made our visit enjoyable.
About Maldon Moot Hall
Address: High Street, Maldon, Essex, England, CM9 5PE
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On Maldon's High Street. The nearest parking is on White Horse Lane (signposted), about 3 minutes walk. For the car park use postcode CM9 5QP.
Website: Maldon Moot Hall
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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