St. Peter-ad-Vincula Church and Abbey, Coggeshall, Essex, England
The 15th century church of St. Peter-ad-Vincula.
This church stands at the top of Church Street (where else!) on the site of possibly two earlier churches (Saxon and Norman). It is one of the largest in Essex as well as being one of the finest examples of the Perpendicular style of architecture in the county.
The Paycocke family paid for for St. Katherine's chapel and some of their memorial brasses can be seen in the floor of that chapel.
Grange Barn is the oldest surviving timber-framed barn in Europe and dates from around 1140 measuring 120 feet long by 45 feet wide and 35 feet high at the apex of the roof. The roof would have originally been thatched but was replaced with tiles around the 14th century.
This barn was originally part of the Cistercian Abbey of Coggeshall.
The barn is open to the public and has its own parking area.
On the opposite side of the road from The Grange Barn is Abbey Lane. This is part of the 'Essex Way' long distance footpath and is a public footpath. Walking down this track for about a quarter mile will bring you to this little chapel to the left of the path.
The gatehouse chapel of St. Nicholas is the most complete of the abbey buildings and was built about 1220. Locally made bricks were used in its construction and it is the earliest post-Roman brickwork in England.
A little further past the chapel and you will pass a hedge on your left and some stables on your right. Directly in front is a 16th Century farmhouse which is a private residence and not open to the public. Follow the track round to the right and into a farm yard. Here you will see the only remaining parts of the original abbey buildings.