Paycocke’s – Coggeshall, Essex

Well, here we are in August already (how did that happen?) and I still haven’t blogged about places we visited back in May. On our way back from our visit to my brother and his family in the Netherlands via Harwich, we visited some old stamping grounds in Essex. We lived there for a couple of years in the late 1970s – early 80s.

Coggeshall is one of those old English villages with lots of half timbered cottages, but it was Paycocke’s that we particularly wanted to see. This house was saved from being demolished in the 1960s when it was apparently in a very bad state and it now belongs to the National Trust. The house is well worth a visit, has lots of wood panelling and I particularly liked that you can see the scorch marks on the wood lined walls where candles had burned too closely. Maybe the draughts blew the flames too close to the wall.

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The garden has pretty cottagey plants, but I was interested in the plane tree growing in it. I’ve often read that plane trees were the only trees tough enough to withstand the pollution of London in the days of pea soup fogs and belching chimneys, but I don’t think I had ever actually knowingly seen a plane tree. I can see how they survived, as they have peeling bark so it would seem they can shed the soot and anything else that clings to them pollution wise. You can see more images of Coggeshall here.

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It was a beautiful hot day when we visited in May – what happened to our summer since then?

8 thoughts on “Paycocke’s – Coggeshall, Essex

  1. Essex, gorgeous photos! Not far from where my English (Puritan) ancestors hailed from–most were from Norfolk and Suffolk. Truly can’t wait to visit East Anglia. Essex is considered EA, am I right? (Knowing I may be wrong.)

    What beautiful weather you were having on your trip. What luck!! (though a bit warm).

    Whenever will I get to the UK? Huge sigh…

    • Judith,
      Yes, Essex is in East Anglia. It’s a nice area, very historic as you know. If we still lived down there you could have stayed with us, but we’re about 450 miles away now. I hope you manage to get there sometime.

  2. Katrina,
    I meant to mention that this summer there has been a cold weather (blob), for lack of a better word, over the North Atlantic. We had the same looking cold blob over us the winter before last, 2015, and oh–were we freezing and snowy. The cold blob on temperature maps appears as a blue-colored large circle on a world temperature map that is mostly all yellows, oranges, reds, and reddish-blacks, and we know what those colors mean.

    • Judith,
      I dread cold winters, I know you enjoy the snow and ice, but we get strong winds too and the wind cuts right through your bones it seems. I’m just hoping our weather cheers up a bit in August and September.

  3. Lovely village! And what an amazing old house. I love those candle burns, too.

    London plane trees are a hybrid of our American sycamores and Oriental plane trees. We have London plane trees in our cities, too, because they’re resistant to most of the nasty things they’re exposed to in cities. If you’re driving through the country, you can often see huge, magnificent sycamores along streams and rivers. We used to call them ‘ghost trees’ because of their predominantly light color against the landscape. I love them.

    • Joan,
      Thanks for that interesting information. I did take a photo of the tree canopy but it didn’t come out very well, they are lovely trees.

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