Finchingfield Guildhall, Finchingfield, Essex
Once ‘at risk’, this Grade I guildhall from the 15th and 17th centuries owned by the village has been restored for £1.8m (completed 2013) and is now a museum, library and hall. The restoration has been acknowledged for craft skills in carpentry and pargeting. An oriel window has been replaced and discoveries made during the restoration work are on show.
The story of the building provides the clues that inform the conservation strategies and details. It is clear that the architects, clients and builders have worked very closely together to create a particularly sensitive and beautifully judged renovation.
It is not only in attention to detail that this project excels, but also in the reuse of the original shops and a range of other community functions. The library, exhibition room and main hall all reveal that the building makes a continued and significant contribution to the local community.
Guided tour of the interior and exterior of the Guildhall and interactive museum, library and small shop by the team involved in its renovation. Set within the grounds of St John the Baptist Norman church, there is also an opportunity to wander around the church and picturesque graveyard.
December tour includes festive treats and Guildhall decorated for Christmas.
Wonderful tour, lovely people.
The Guildhall is located next to the church, opposite the Red Lion pub on Churchill Hill, Finchingfield (B1053). Parking can be found around the village.
For those wishing to avoid climbing the hill or using steps, parking is advised in Vicarage Road where there is a path leading through the churchyard to the Guildhall. From the village green, follow the road up the hill with the church to the right, taking the first right just before the Three Tuns pub.
Tea, coffee, cordial, and a selection of home-made cakes.
Because our properties are old and fragile, unfortunately we cannot include children under 14.
We have a disability lift allowing full access to the Guildhall. There is also a path through the graveyard leading to the Guildhall. Please refer to directions.