Coggeshall Parish Council News Magazine
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A bit about Coggeshall
Coggeshall is a small town in Essex between Colchester and Braintree, with a population of 4,660 (2021 Census). Coggeshall dates back to an early Saxon settlement and is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Cogheshala.
After the decline of the wool trade by the sixteenth century, the towns economy centred around cloth, silk and velvet with over half of the population employed in its production.
From the 17th to the 19th century, the saying “A Coggeshall job” was used in Essex to mean any poor or pointless piece of work, after the reputed stupidity of its villagers. There were numerous stories of the local’s ridiculous endeavours which included building a church and forgetting to make windows, and chaining up a wheelbarrow in a shed after it had been bitten by a dog, for fear it would go mad.
The Coggeshall Gang were a group of up to 14 men who terrorised the town and its neighbouring villagesin the 1840s, committing burglaries and violent robberies. The crimes were often brutal and targeted at the elderly. Several of the gang would be transported to Australia for terms varying from life to seven years.
Notable landmarks of the town include St Nicholas’ Chapel which is the oldest surviving post-Roman brick building in the country. The Church of St Peter-ad-Vincula is one of the largest churches in Essex. Paycocke’s House was built in or around 1500 built by John Paycocke and thought to be a wedding present for his son Thomas and daughter-in-law Margaret. Coggeshall Grange Barn is one of the oldest surviving timber-framed buildings in Europe.
Coggeshall has one primary school; St Peter’s School Church of England, one comprehensive school; Honywood Community Science and one independent school; White Trees.
two secondary schools and an independent girl’s only school. Secondary School Court Moor has a plethora of notable alumni including 2004 kayaking Olympic Bronze Medallist Helen Reeves.
Notable residents of Coggeshall include interior decorator and designer David Nightingale Hicks, former President of Harvard University John Rogers and poet Luke Wright. The town of Coggeshall was also featured in the BBC series Lovejoy.
In sport, Coggeshall Town FC play in the Essex & Suffolk Border League and are one of the oldest clubs in existence having been founded in 1878. Nicknamed the Seed Growers, Coggeshall Town have been crowned Premier Division Champions of the Essex & Suffolk Border League 4 times. The club can also boast that singer, songwriter and television presenter Olly Murs has previously played for Coggeshall Town.
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