In response to increasing concerns around the impact of COVID-19 we have made the decision to cancel all events until further notice. 

If you would like to join The Coggeshall Society please complete this form and return it to the Membership Secretary:

New members form[22496]

For any other enquiries contact the Secretary by email at: coggsoc.secretary@yahoo.com

The Coggeshall Society Christmas Letter

It is so disappointing that we are still unable to meet. On Friday some of us would have been gathering for our Charity Evening: a happy occasion enjoying each other’s company and raising funds for our nominated charity.
As the Charity Evening is not taking place, your Committee has decided that our local charity for this year, the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance, should continue as our charity for 2021.                                                          As to Lectures and Outings for 2021 we are hoping very much to be able to restart these in April; much depends on the roll out of the vaccine and all the other Covid 19 factors. We will keep you in the picture.
It has also been decided that 2021 should be a subscription free year: so that is a bit of good news. We are still keen to have new members.
During the year we will be working up a scheme so that in future Members will have the option of paying their subscription by Direct Debit or other bank transfer.
Another good piece of news is that the independent Inspector has approved the Neighbourhood Plan for Coggeshall, albeit the local Referendum still has to be held. This is great for Coggeshall and all who live and work here.                                                                                                The Committee is most grateful to you all for your continued support and we much look forward to seeing you all soon.
Stay safe and well.
Julian Prideaux
December 2020.

The Coggeshall Society AGM

Given the current circumstances the committee has decided that we should hold the AGM in a paper format.  Therefore please find attached:

Click on the link in blue to open each document

As per the process outlined in the attachment, I would be most grateful to receive any comments by 7th October either by email (coggsoc.secretary@yahoo.com) or by post to 22 East Street, Coggeshall, CO6 1SH

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, and thank you for your understanding and patience during these times.

Mrs Verity Barclay, Secretary, The Coggeshall Society   Tel: 01376 564025

Minutes 2020 – AGM October 14th

Summer Lunch 11th July 2020

Due to the restrictions imposed by lockdown we are asking everyone to organise their own Summer Lunch on Saturday 11th July. This can be as a family or with one other family in their garden. Please take a photograph and send it to michaelbowes3@gmail.com so we can share each event with members.

Photographs of each lunch will be posted on this website. (Click on The Coggeshall Society menu above)

Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan

The latest draft of the Coggeshall Neighbourhood Plan has been sent to Braintree District Council and is now at the final stage of public consultation. Further information can be found at : http://www.coggeshall-np.com


Two books have been produced on the historic market town of Coggeshall:

Copies of  ‘Discovering Coggeshall’ can be purchased from Julian Prideaux (Tel: 01376 564437)

‘Discovering Coggeshall – Timber-framed buildings  in the town centre’ is a street by street guide to the main timber-framed buildings in the town.

‘Discovering Coggeshall 2’ – This is the final volume of the Discovering Coggeshall project and has chapters on the development of the town, who lived where in 1575 and what they did for a living, the wool trade, the layout of the town and the carpentry of the buildings.  230 pages with many coloured maps, photos and illustrations 

Discovering Coggeshall Book

This is the website of The Coggeshall Society, which was established to stimulate an interest in conservation and planning for the parish of Coggeshall.

In 2010 the Society began a community project – Discovering Coggeshall, to establish accurate dates for the timber-framed buildings in the centre of the town in order to trace how Coggeshall developed over the centuries.

The website will be of interest to anyone interested in the history and development of Coggeshall.