Building record ADB 012 - Moot Hall
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|Grid reference||Centred TM 4655 5685 (9m by 14m)|
|Civil Parish||ALDEBURGH, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK|
Type and Period (3)
Moot Hall. C16 Town Hall of two storeys. Building was restored at the end of the last century. Fine wooden roof, the timbers are mainly original (S1).
Circa 1520-1540, timber framed, with brick nogging on the upper floor, which was inserted in 1654. The original timber arches on ground floor are a reminder of the fact that the ground floor was an open market (R1).
May 1997: Descheduled (S1).
The Moot Hall at Aldeburgh is one of the best preserved Tudor public buildings in Britain. Dating from the mid-16th century it originally contained no fewer than six small shops on its lower storey, together with a masonry-walled room that may have served as a gaol, and a spacious meeting hall with a further chamber on the first floor. Arrangements of this kind are typical of early market buildings, where the ground floor was let for commercial purposes to offset the cost of construction and maintenance, with courts and other public functions taking place above. The upper hall was reached by an external staircase in much the same manner as today, although the stair itself, along with both gables and much of the roof structure, was replaced in an extensive 19th century renovation. An open-sided polygonal market cross stood alongside the building in the 16th century, together with a large market hall and various small booths, and the Moot Hall (known in 1790 as the Town Hall) was probably intended to accommodate market courts as well as meetings of the town’s councillors (S2).
- <R1> SSF16083 Bibliographic reference: Pevsner N & Radcliffe E. 1974. The Buildings of England: Suffolk. (2nd edition), 72.
- <M1> SSF45542 (No record type): SAM file:.
- <S1> SSF5242 Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.
- <R2> SSF50032 Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TM45NE6.
- <S2> SSF58932 Unpublished document: Alston, L. 2006. Historical Survey: The Moot Hall, Aldeburgh.
- <S3> SSF59794 Digital archive: Historic England. National Record Of the Historic Environment.
- <S4> SSF59830 Source Unchecked: RCHME?. Various. Field Investigators Comments. 07/02/1979.
- <S5> SXS50145 Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. 1984. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Suffolk Coastal 27/02/1950.
- <S6> SXS50145 Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. 1984. List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Suffolk Coastal 09/07/1996 Suffolk Coastal 09/07/1996.
Related Monuments/Buildings (0)
Related Events/Activities (4)
- Event - Survey: Historical Survey - The Moot Hall, Aldeburgh (ESF26481)
- Event - Interpretation: 'Sensitivity to Access' assessment for Natural England Coastal Access project, February 2016. (ESF23524)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by DOE (Chant K) (Ref: DOE (Chant K)) (ESF13644)
- Event - Survey: Site Visit by DOE (Paterson H) (Ref: DOE (Paterson H)) (ESF13213)
Record last edited
Sep 22 2021 11:56AM