The history of Paycocke's

A black and white line drawing of Paycockes showing three front doors to each tenement

Paycocke’s has an intriguing history spanning 500 years. Constructed in 1509, the same year Henry VIII acceded to the throne, it has since witnessed a religious reformation and survived a civil war.

Paycocke's has been connected to many people including a cloth merchant, a famous composer and an MP.
Learn more about the building's history, including what came before, how it was constructed and why pilgrims have flocked to see this special house throughout the centuries.
Did Tudor labourers dare to dream that their handiwork would survive for 500 years?
Paycocke’s has undergone many changes, new additions and removals throughout the years to reflect shifting trends and the needs of its owners. But what we're left with is even more intriguing as a result.
The trapdoors that don’t lead anywhere, floorboards that have been covered over and bumps in our lawn all add to the character.

Noel Buxton was responsible for the restoration of Paycocke’s

  • Isaac Buxton, born 1672, was his x5 great grandfather
  • His full name was Noel Edward Noel-Buxton
  • He was born 9 January 1869, one of 10 children
  • His mother, Lady Victoria Noel, was a god-daughter of Queen Victoria
  • The family lived at Warlies, Waltham Abbey
  • He was related to Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, abolitionist
  • Noel was descended from Elizabeth Fry, prison reformer

Paycocke's in the past...