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At the centre of Maldon life for more than 600 years

About

The Moot Hall Maldon is a unique Grade I listed heritage building.

Thought to have been built around 1420 the tower is part of a brick-built extension to an existing timber manor house known as D’arcy Mansion – the family home of Sir Robert D’arcy (1391-1448)

The building forming a tower now consists of three floors, of brick construction laid in English bond, with walls at least 2ft thick and a lead roof.

Over 600 years there has been at least two periods of dereliction, that we know of, followed by considerable restoration. There are few clues to its original size, shape and design but it is thought that the Mansion was considerably larger and this Tower is the only surviving portion.

The Borough Corporation purchased the Tower in 1576 and the tower has continued to be owned by the Town of Maldon ever since. It has served as prison, police station, court house, charter house, armoury, council chamber and public meeting space for nearly 450 years. Many of these functions can still be seen today in the layout of the rooms. Each has a very different feeling and smell. It is a building you need to visit to fully experience all it has to offer.

Now it has a new life as a centre for the social history of Maldon. We host numerous events, performances and exhibitions and are licensed as a wedding venue. It is a wonderful building, we look forward to welcoming you to the Moot Hall and sharing with you some of its stories.

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Building Plan

Meet the team

Victoria

Victoria

Manager

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Julie

Julie

Team Trainer, Tour Guide, Wedding Steward, Trustee, and Volunteer coordinator

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John

John

Tour Guide and Trustee

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Sue

Sue

Tour Guide and Wedding Steward

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Lisa

Lisa

Tour Guide and Wedding Steward

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John

John

Tour Guide

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Penney

Penney

Tour Guide and Wedding Steward

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Steve

Steve

Tour Guide and Wedding Steward

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Michael

Michael

Trustee

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Richard

Richard

Trustee

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Phil

Phil

Caretaker

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About

The Moot Hall Maldon is a unique Grade I listed heritage building.

Thought to have been built around 1420 the tower is part of a brick-built extension to an existing timber manor house known as D’arcy Mansion – the family home of Sir Robert D’arcy (1391-1448)

The building forming a tower now consists of three floors, of brick construction laid in English bond, with walls at least 2ft thick and a lead roof.

Over 600 years there has been at least two periods of dereliction, that we know of, followed by considerable restoration. There are few clues to its original size, shape and design but it is thought that the Mansion was considerably larger and this Tower is the only surviving portion.

The Borough Corporation purchased the Tower in 1576 and the tower has continued to be owned by the Town of Maldon ever since. It has served as prison, police station, court house, charter house, armoury, council chamber and public meeting space for nearly 450 years. Many of these functions can still be seen today in the layout of the rooms. Each has a very different feeling and smell. It is a building you need to visit to fully experience all it has to offer.

Now it has a new life as a centre for the social history of Maldon. We host numerous events, performances and exhibitions and are licensed as a wedding venue. It is a wonderful building, we look forward to welcoming you to the Moot Hall and sharing with you some of its stories.

Explore inside the Moot Hall

Building Plan

Meet the team

Victoria

Victoria

Manager

Read more

Julie

Julie

Team Trainer, Tour Guide, Wedding Steward, Trustee, and Volunteer coordinator

Read more

John

John

Tour Guide and Trustee

Read more

Sue

Sue

Tour Guide and Wedding Steward

Read more

Lisa

Lisa

Tour Guide and Wedding Steward

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John

John

Tour Guide

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Penney

Penney

Tour Guide and Wedding Steward

Read more

Steve

Steve

Tour Guide and Wedding Steward

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Michael

Michael

Trustee

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Richard

Richard

Trustee

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Phil

Phil

Caretaker

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Victoria

After taking early retirement in June 2018 I joined the Moot Hall team May 2019 in a part time role, just 7 hours a week. My duties include: responding to enquiries and taking visitor bookings. Coordinating the team diary. Showing wedding couples around the Moot Hall and helping on their special day.

What a special building the Moot Hall is, I feel very privileged to be involved as one of its custodians. There are many aspects of the Moot Hall that I love, the tangible sense of history, the very different feel and smell of each room and the view from the roof where you can see right across the Blackwater estuary.

It is a joy to share its past with our visitors and be part of its future.

Julie

I have been involved here since 2004 in various roles. Local history is my passion and Moot Hall is steeped in Maldon’s social, political and cultural history, having been at the centre of town life for 600 years. As a professional Historian and writer, I love sharing my research with the team and the public. There is always a new story to tell, so no two visits are ever the same.

I have written a number of articles and booklets related to Moot Hall and we are currently researching the Court Records which we look forward to sharing with visitors very soon.

John

I first became aware of the Moot Hall back in 2010 when I saw an advert for Guides. Having been retired for a few months I thought this may be quite interesting.

Very quickly I, like most people, became enamoured with the building and its history. Each room tells its own story and has its own special features. One of my personal favourite features is the way the door leading up to roof opens… you will have to visit to see this secret.

Sue

I became a tour guide in 2003 after answering an advert in the local paper. Little did I realise that I would still be here almost twenty years later. It has been a joy watching the building open its doors for an increasing number of purposes and to see many more people making memories there.

As a primary teacher I enjoy making the building come alive for our younger visitors. Often older visitors say, "I haven't been here since I was at school", there have been a few times recently when they have added,"and I think it was you who showed me round!"

I love feeling a tiny part of the history of this wonderful building. I always think that the characters who have inhabited and visited its ancient walls are keen to have their stories remembered and retold. Often visitors have their own history with the Moot Hall which we work into the tour.

Standing on the roof looking over a Maldon smothered in snow was an unforgettable and magical moment.

I think I love the old entrance door the most with its graffiti of boats, sailors and religious persecution. I wish it could talk!

Lisa

I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have a job I love, working in a building that was central to shaping Maldon through both its location and historical importance.

I generally steward at ceremonies, but have also supported school visits, guided tours and the very popular Heritage weekends. Getting to see our couple’s day come to life as they have dreamt or imagined is a delight. From small intimate celebrations to the more gregarious (occasionally themed) days couples choose. Guests love to gather on the balcony appreciating the views and admiring the other buildings in the High Street from a different vantage point, unseen unless you take the time to look up. The view from the roof is well worth the steep climb up the tight spiral staircase. Guests delight in the views, recognising local landmarks and establishing which direction might lead to home.

Each of the 3 floors have their own distinct feel and whilst I love them all my particular favourite is the Committee Room with its exposed brickwork, beautiful wooden floors and the substantial solid doors with the markings from previous occupants during its time as a prison.

John

A few years after I retired, I started looking for voluntary work. One of the Moot Hall trustees who I knew, suggested I consider working there accompanying the guides on their tours of the building. So, in 2017 I became a volunteer at the Moot Hall. By 2018 I was no longer a volunteer but a paid guide doing tours on my own.

The Moot Hall is a unique building which has stood in Maldon High Street for 600 years. The Georgian front hiding the gems inside and I love to see the visitor’s reactions when they encounter some of them such as the brick spiral staircase, the courtroom, and the panoramic views from the roof.

It is difficult to decide which is my favourite part of the building. Perhaps it is the Court Room unchanged since 1810, or the roof where one can look down on Maldon’s old buildings.

I enjoy my role as a guide being able to share the history of the Moot Hall and Maldon with visitors and look forward to being able to do so in future years.

Penney

I have worked at the Moot Hall as a Tour Guide for over ten years and it still makes me feel as if I am stepping in to history, it is such a unique and special building.

As well as telling the story of the building and its occupants, I also work as a Steward at most of the weddings held there. Every one is different and it is always an honour to be involved.

My favourite part of the building is the Courtroom. It's so light and there is always the possibility I may smell lavender. I did once, just as I came down from the Council Chamber. Perhaps it was Lady Darcy?

The favourite part of my job is being involved with weddings; showing the couples around, finding out what they want and being part of planning and setting up for their ceremony.

Steve

I joined the Moot Hall guide team about five years ago when the opportunity presented itself to me.

I first fell for this building back in the 1980s when I was a parent/helper at one of the local primary schools. I saw the spiral staircase, and WOW! I was hooked. When I learnt the history of the building and the significance of each of the rooms, I grew more and more entranced.

Add to that the view from the roof, the Spiritual Soup that Surrounds you in quiet moments, the D'Arcy's presence through history, and the proximity to All Saints Church next door, the connections with Elizabeth's I and II, Will the Bard, and you can see why it's easy for to me to wax lyrical about the building.

Notwithstanding its status as...you know, one of Britain's first decorated secular brick built buildings...

I Love it, Love it Love it!

My favourite room has got to be the Council Chamber. It’s impossible not to feel the weight of history in that room, Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Queen Elizabeth II…

Michael

I became involved with the Moot Hall a few years ago, when I was Mayor of Maldon, and attended Moot Hall meetings. Since then the place has grown on me.

I love that this fabulous slice of history sits modestly in the centre of Maldon, and then you go inside and the Tardis-like interior is revealed as you go from room to room. The spiral staircase is a work of art in its' own right and I particularly enjoy the smaller rooms where you can almost feel yourself being dragged back through the centuries.

On top of all that, it is a venue for weddings, meetings and sales of goods. With help from the Town Council and the management team, the Moot Hall is still pulling its' weight in the 21st century.

Richard

I was approached by Maldon Town council in 2008 and asked if I could help set up a charity to assist in the running of Moot Hall. I had never even visited the building – was it that small building with the portico over the pavement? When I went inside, I could not believe what a Dr Who’s Tardis is was – a treasure house of history! I immediately fell in love with the building and have been the Chair of Trustees ever since.

For my ‘Day Job’ I am a Director 3D printer manufacturing company, Raplas Technologies having retired from 41 years of working at Ford Motor Company as their European Technical Specialist for 3D printing. I am also the Founder and Director of the Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon. Needless to say, I have plenty of things to keep myself busy.

I recommend a visit to Moot Hall for anybody visiting the town of Maldon. I doesn’t matter if you are not interested in history – the building is so usual and full of surprises there is something to everyone to enjoy.

Phil

I joined the Moot Hall team in February 2020 as a part time caretaker alongside my similar role at the town hall. My duties include building maintenance, cleaning, preparation for weddings at the Moot Hall and flag raising ceremonies.

The views from the roof are amazing and I feel a real connection with Maldon now having discovered a relative on the historical documents on display.

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