Paycocke's: One house becomes three
In 1746 the Buxton family sold Paycocke’s house to Robert Ludgater, a silk manufacturer. As Coggeshall‘s industry declined, so too did the house. By the end of the 19th century, it had been converted into three small cottages.
In 1885 treasure hunters threatened to strip Paycocke’s of its priceless wooden carvings for the adornment of a far-off mansion before total demolition. Passionate local protestors fought to save the house.
Enter Charles Pudney...
Pudney, a self-employed removal man, saved the house as its new buyer and yet again it became both a commercial and residual premises.
The building would have looked very different then. It was divided into compartments by matchboard walls and most carvings were covered by plaster and paint.
After making gradual repairs, it was sold back to the Buxton family for a huge profit of over £400.
Mr Pudney's granddaughter, Mrs S. Bryant's memories of living in and leaving Paycocke’s House
'I can still remember crying my eyes out when we came away. We had a large beautiful garden and orchard too. There were also good stables, a big yard and sheds where all the wagons were put and many the games of hide and seek we did have there.' - Mrs S.Bryant