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A lot of words are used to describe Coggeshall. 'Quaint' is one of them. 'Charming' another. 'Picturesque' crops up quite a lot too. I spent several years selling property here, and it was hard work avoiding the cliches.

The fact is, Coggeshall IS a quaint and charming country market town (yes, town. You will generally see Coggeshall referred to as a village by all except the local inhabitants who know that their market charter makes their home a town). It sprawls out from the central area - markets are still held here weekly, and there are somewhere in the region of 300 buildings here listed as being of 'architectural or historical importance'. There is the photogenic church, a medieval timber-framed pub and ducks swimming under a weeping willow tree that trails in the river. Coggeshall is a place to take your camera.

I grew up near Coggeshall, and I can remember when Coggeshall was famous for its antiques trade. A sign from the main A120 road would point the way and proudly advertise the fact that there were at least 15 antique shops. The most famous of these was run by a dealer named Mark Marchant. His shop was a real treasure trove, an old timber building by the market place filled with antique clocks, paintings and pottery. Coggeshall was filmed as the setting for a couple of episodes of a popular nineties TV series, Lovejoy, about an antiques dealer and 'loveable rogue'. Nowadays, only a couple of the antique shops remain, but there are plenty of arts/crafts and gift shops still to enjoy browsing around on a lazy afternoon.

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  • In a nutshell:A thriving place filled with typical old English character.
  • Last visit to Coggeshall: Sep 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Aug 27, 2008 at 4:30 AM

    A revelation - and excellent Tips.

  • smyturn's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Sounds lovely. Goodies really appealled. You have really captured the aura of this village and I look forward to visiting.

  • alucas's Profile Photo
    Oct 14, 2007 at 2:27 AM

    Good start ! We've been meaning to go back to Baumanns for years.

  • evaanna's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Beautifully quaint, the place has everything I love in English villages (towns, sorry). Very nice page with charming pictures and interesting tips.

  • aussirose's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2007 at 10:45 PM

    What a delightfull place Alli :o) I always enjoy reading your pages. That pub looks very inviting :o) Hugs xx

  • TheLongTone's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2006 at 2:00 AM

    Are there any hotels in Coggleshill that are within close proximity of the local amenities? :-) And are you an ex-essex girl or a cockney? I think we should be told.

  • adelaidean's Profile Photo
    Jun 20, 2006 at 11:34 PM

    is pilgrim the jewellry you were telling Ann and I about..great tips Alli...I enjoyed these pages

  • sourbugger's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2006 at 3:23 AM

    an excellent little page you have here

  • Darby2's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2006 at 7:16 PM

    Almost as quaint as Yahk! ;o))

  • kiwi's Profile Photo
    May 10, 2006 at 7:34 PM

    Oh yes Quaint!!!! I now have this on my wish list. And in Essex??? wow!! Very well written tips, a treasure of a page. thanks Alli!! Pam :-)


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