Weddings and Civil Ceremonies
A unique setting for your special day
The Moot Hall has stood in the centre of Maldon for more than 600 years and is probably one of the oldest brick buildings in the County. It began life as a part of the family home of Sir Robert D’arcy and went on to be the centre of local government in this ancient borough until the mid 1970’s.
Now licenced to hold weddings and civil ceremonies the Moot Hall is one of the few places in Maldon town where you can get married. We are a small venue offering a unique and exclusive experience (we only host 12-15 ceremonies a year and limit numbers to protect the delicate nature of the historic Moot Hall).
The Moot Hall, a Grade 1 listed building in the centre of Maldon, has three rooms that are licensed for weddings and other Civil Ceremonies. Any of the three rooms may be chosen for your special day, and all are steeped in the history of Maldon with lots of unique features to explore and enjoy in a truly special setting.
Council Chamber and Muniment Room
The elegant Regency room is on the second floor and has the air of quiet authority from the days when the Town was governed by the Burgesses. It is the highest room in the building with large windows which make it light and airy. The walls are panelled in warm pine wood with portraits, Royal Charters and other pictures associated with the history of Maldon. The number of people permitted is 35, though not all seated.
Court Room and Jury Room
This perfectly preserved 19th Century Well Court was used by the Magistrates in the Town until the middle 20th Century and has the feel of ordered authority in its simple colour scheme. It has the Magistrates bench, the witness stand, the accused’s dock and the well, with seating around a large table for the Lawyers. Seating for the Jury overlooks the well. The number of people permitted is also 35, though not all seated. From the Courtroom you can also access the magnificent Balcony overlooking the High Street it is the perfect location for your group photos.
Committee Room and Mayor’s Parlour
The ground floor room is the largest of the three rooms with a very lofty ceiling. The walls are mostly red brick with shoulder high panel’s capped by a wide dado rail. At one end a short flight of stairs leads to the Mayor’s Parlour, on the opposite side there is an entrance to the truly unique brick built winding stairway, set in a defensive tower, which extends the full height of the Moot Hall.
The Balcony is the most striking feature of the building seen from ground level. It was erected in 1810 during a ‘beautifying restoration’ and the elegant iron balustrade was added later. The clock, mounted above the balcony, chimes every quarter hour, completing the first bars of ‘my redeemer liveth’ from Handel’s Oratorio, Messiah: Also known as the Westminster Chime. The clock was the gift of George Courtauld, the Maldon Borough’s last MP.