Moot Hall, where parents were once taken to court for not vaccinating their children  - Marion Sidebottom

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In a prominent position on the High Street, this imposing building with its flower bedecked balcony and striking belltower is easy to find. The building began almost 600 years ago as the family manor house of Sir Robert D’Arcy, a powerful figure in his day.

However, when the building passed out of the family it soon became derelict. Bought by the Corporation of Maldon in 1576 for the princely sum of £55, it has remained a seat of local government to this day, incorporating a jail and courtroom. The name ‘Moot’ derives from the Saxon word meaning ‘place of assembly’

Tours of the building are led by enthusiastic guides:- see the prisoners’ names scratched on the brick walls in the exercise yard, hear the story of the Maldon murder in the courtroom, and climb the unique brick spiral staircase to the top of the tower. From here you can enjoy far-reaching views of the townscape and estuary.

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We are a venue licenced to conduct civil ceremonies and more information can be obtained from our website or by email to manager@themoothall.co.uk.

Access is difficult. Steep and winding stairs not suitable for wheelchairs.

Guide Prices

Tours £5.00.
Adults: £5.00 Concessions: £4.00 Children: (5-16 ) £3.00 Under 5's free

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Assistance dogs welcome

Children

  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Venue approved for civil marriage

Parking

  • Parking with charge - Parking in nearby carpark - White Horse Lane CM9 5QP

Property Facilities

  • Gift shop - We have a few booklets with further stories for the Moot Hall and local history. We also sell local photographs and artworks
  • Guided tours for individuals - It is possible to book a private tour - see website for more details
  • Guided tours mandatory
  • Smoking not allowed

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

The Moot Hall

Type:Historic House

High Street, Maldon, Essex, CM9 5PF

Tel: 01621 851553

Opening Times

* 11.00am and 12.30pm by guided tour every Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout summer March - October (subject to Covid restrictions)

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