Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk, near Colchester, Essex

Walking trail

It is the year of our lord what Thomas Paycocke would have smelt, seen and heard as you journey through Tudor Coggeshall. Visit medieval Grange Barn, The Chapel of St. Nicholas and St. Mary's Abbey and the monks after they have finished their prayers. Please note that at this time of year, the tracks around Coggeshall Abbey are very muddy and waterlogged. We would not advise undertaking this walk without some wellies- unless you love muddy boots!

Tudor life

Step back in time and get a fascinating insight into Tudor life as you walk through Coggeshall, on this route that immerses you in the local highlights of the time. Ideal for families.


Map route for Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk


Paycocke's House, grid ref: TL848225


We start our journey in Thomas Paycocke's premises. Stepping out into West Street, we understand the Paycocke family's place in society. The house frontage extends beyond other buildings in the street, emphasising their importance and middling status within the local community.

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A Tudor timber framed building with cartway on the left


We say hello to the neighbours, who share the Paycocke family name, living at Drapers on our left. On the other side of the road, open fields stretch as far as the eye can see.

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Fleece Inn Coggeshall from Edwardian postcard


With Drapers and Paycocke's behind us, turn right and walk towards the end of West Street. Turning right at the end of West Street, we walk down The Gravel. Turn right along Bridge Street and approach the River Blackwater.

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Long Bridge on Paycockes Tudor walk near Grange Barn


Walking up the steady slope of Grange Hill, the timber-framed barn dominates the skyline.

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The outside of the Grange barn with picnic benches infront


On our way to attend mass, cross Grange Hill road and walk along Abbey Lane for approximately 450yd (410m) passing the small gatehouse chapel on our left.

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Chapel of St. Nicholas Coggeshall


After walking less than a mile from Paycocke's, we've reached the abbey complex founded by King Stephen in 1140. After crossing the River Blackwater, we take the path on our left passing through the corn fields. Further along, ignore the track on the right and continue along the path ahead which bears left slightly.

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St. Mary Coggeshall Abbey Complex


We have now reached Gallows Street (East Street). Turn right and then left along Dead Lane (St Peters Road).

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Gallows Street Coggeshall in Tudor times...


After following the road round for approximately 440yd (400m), we turn left into Church Green.

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Church of St Peter-ad-Vincula in Coggeshall


Having left the church, we turn right, stopping at the Woolpack to visit our friend and fellow merchant.

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The Woolpack Coggeshall


The church bell chimes. We had better start making our way back - it is four of the bell already. Continue along the road.

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Coggeshall Market Hill


We stop where we started, at Paycocke's.

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The back of the house is white and viewed from the lush green garden with an uneven roofline


Paycocke's House, grid ref: TL848225

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Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk, near Colchester, Essex


Paths across fields may be muddy after wet weather. Suitable footwear should be worn. Care should be taken when crossing roads especially with no footpath along The Gravel. Expect a very gradual uphill approach along Grange Hill and East Street. Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead in Paycocke's garden. Please clear up dog litter.

Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk, near Colchester, Essex

Contact us

Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk, near Colchester, Essex

How to get here

Paycocke's House, 25 West Street, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1NS
By train

Kelvedon, 2.5 miles (4km).

By road

Signposted off A120. On south side of West Street, 400yd (360m) from centre of Coggeshall, on road to Braintree next to the Fleece Inn.

By foot

Close to the Essex Way, Harwich to Epping, which passes nearby Grange Barn.

By bus

First 70/70x, Braintree to Colchester passing Marks Tey.

Paycocke's Tudor Coggeshall walk, near Colchester, Essex

Facilities and access

  • Parking in the village car park or on street
  • Courtyard café serving cream teas, drinks and ice creams
  • National Trust gift shop and plant sales
  • Picnics welcome
  • Dogs welcome, but must be kept on a lead in Paycocke's garden