The Moot Hall

Located between All Saints Church and the top of Market Hill the overhanging clock marks the historic centre of the town. This is the Moot Hall that has dominated the High Street in Maldon for hundreds of years. Originally built for the D'Arcy family in 1420, this building has seen various uses since it was obtained by the Borough in 1576.

The building was purchased to replace the the earlier Moot Hall premises which still stand on the corner of Silver Street and remained the seat of local government until the creation of the Maldon District Council in 1974.

Insied the Moot Hall

The Moot Hall is one of the earliest brick buildings in Essex, the ground floor with it's high ceiling housed the police station and cells. A brick spiral staicase rises to the first floor which still contains the courtroom which was constructed around 1810. The courtroom served as a Magistrates Court and a Court of Quarter Sessions until 1950.

The second floor houses the Council Chamber which was the centre of municipal life for 400 years. On display are the royal charters given to the borough by various monarchs going all the way back to the Plantagenets.

The Council Chamber in the Moot Hall Maldon

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Take a peek inside the old courtroom

the courtroom in the moot hall

Providing the weather conditions permit you can take a roof top view of Maldon when you tour the Moot Hall.

view from the roof of maldon moot hall

Take a tour

Guided tours of the Moot Hall are available from the beginning of March until the end of October on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at11am and again at 12.30pm (except when there is a civil ceremony).

Advanced booking is required.

As the Moot Hall is a Grade One listed building it cannot be altered in any way and therefore access for disabled visitors is limited as the upper floors are reached by narrow, twisting stairways.

The Moot Hall High Street, Maldon

For full details and to book a tour click here to visit the Moot Hall website

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