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On a clear day you can see for miles around from the MOOT HALL rooftop

TwilightThis historic tower in the Town centre is probably the first secular, decorated brick-building of its kind in the country and set the standard for fortified manor houses in the days when owners might need to defend themselves, their family and their possessions from marauding bands of brigands.

Fortunately, those days are long gone and over time the MOOT HALL has been a family home for the D’Arcy’s and the seat of local government with a Council Chamber until 1976. It was the first Police Station in the Town and has a perfectly preserved Magistrates Court and a Goal with an exercise yard. Its role continues to change, and the building has taken on a new life as a focal point of local social history and as a unique wedding venue in the centre of the town.

Choose tours for you, your family and your friends this summer.

Guided tours, £4.00 (and concessions) take place from March to October. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11.00am and 12.30pm. Groups visits by arrangement. Sunday afternoon tours at 2.00pm in June, July and August. This year we have two extra pre-bookable tour options. Afternoon Tea and Tour Minimum 2 people per booking. Twilight Tours at 7.00pm with a glass of fizz, July and August on Sundays.

For more information and to book any of our tours please contact: admin@themoothall.co.uk.

We will be celebrating D’Arcy Day on Friday 7th September at 7.00pm in the MOOT HALL. Dr Helen Kemp will give a talk on Early Modern Torture. Tickets from TIC.

Married at the MOOT HALL Holding civil ceremonies has opened a new chapter in the story of the MOOT HALL. In May 2011 we were granted our first license to host civil wedding ceremonies. Since then we have conducted more than 50 weddings and continue to be a popular choice for couples. There are three floors to choose from for your special day: the ground floor Committee Room, the first floor 19th century Court Room and Jury Room and the second floor Council Chamber and Muniment Room all with historic artefacts and unique atmosphere. The roof has panoramic views of the town and surrounding countryside, and the balcony is an ideal setting for the all-important photographs of you and your guests, perhaps whilst enjoying a glass of champagne. The atmosphere of the building provides a perfect setting for an intimate ceremony and is exclusively yours for the duration of your visit, with personal service by our experienced staff.

Contact details: For weddings and civil ceremony information and a copy of our brochure call the weddings line 07938 999068 or email married@themoothall.co.uk