Guildhall Finchingfield

Living History

Set in the rolling countryside of North Essex less than an hour from London is the 15th century Guildhall Finchingfield. The Guildhall is an historic venue with its own interactive museum, small shop, library. 

Museum   We are now closed for the winter, but will re-open in April.

If you would like to view our Guildroom for venue hire please go to the contact section of the Website to request an appointment.

 Library  10-12 pm Monday  2-4 pm  Thursday and Saturday 2-4pm

Spanish wine tasting evening with 24 wines to sample on 31st March

After our sell out wine tasting in December, we have asked Baythorne Hall back to the Guildhall to try a new selection of wines with expert tuition from George Unwin. George will be introducing wines from Spanish speaking regions, including Spain, chile and Argentina. There will be 24 wines on offer with three short masterclasses.

The ticket price £17.50 includes canapés.


Can you help with your Finchingfield Garden?

In June the Guildhall is hosting a group exhibition of The Society of Botanical artists.  To coincide with the exhibition and its Midsummer Garden theme, we would love to have an open gardens event over the weekend of 24-25th June. 
If you are interested in opening your garden however big or small, and what ever style we would love to hear from you. We want to make things as simple as possible so will not expect you to to do anything more than show off your unique outside space.  
This event will help fund the upkeep of the Guildhall and build on our plans to extend our courses and community activities.
To find out more please contact Kiki Wood 01371811333  or email


The Guildhall is now available to hire and for tours. 

For tours book direct, or via Invitation to View

Scheduled group tour dates with Invitation to View for 2017 are May 9th, June 6th,September 5th all at 2.30pm.  Tours are approximately 1 1/2hours and include a selection of homemade cakes with tea and coffee. There is a talk about the history of the Guildhall, an overview of the project and its architecture, and access to the interactive museum.

Finchingfield Guildhall is planning to reproduce some of the sketches and writings of Eliza Vaughan and we want to get in touch with her relatives. 

She came to Finchingfield in 1864 as the one year old daughter of Matthew Vaughan when he was appointed Vicar of Finchingfield Parish. At that time she had six brothers. Her father died after 25 years in charge of the Parish and she and her mother moved to Kelvedon.

In 1895, after her mother died, she moved to Rayne where she set about writing 4 books.

We would appreciate any information that might help in this or if you know anything about her.


finchingfield tea mornings

Coffee morning  10.30-12 Every Monday

Come to our weekly Monday tea and coffee mornings. We thought it would be great for anyone living in Finchingfield to pop in for a chat and a cuppa, and delicious home made cake. If you are new (or old) to the village, want to meet some new people or catch up with some friends, why not do it in the cosy surroundings of the Guildhall.  We look forward to see you!  Everyone's welcome.  

Finchingfield, one of the most photographed villages in England

Thank you to all our financial supporters 

For the significant grants from Heritage Lottery Fund and English Heritage.

For generous support from Braintree and Bocking Civic Society, D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, DHJ Currie Memorial Trust, Emmanuelle College, Essex County Council, Essex Heritage Trust, Finchingfield Parish Council, Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, Pocknell Studio, Sir Robert Kempe Education Foundation, Stephen Clarke 1957 Trust, The Rayne Trust, The Wolfson Foundation, The Worshipful Company of Grocers, Viridor Credits, The John and Ruth Hoard Charitable Trust.

For smaller donations, gifts of time and expertise from individuals and local business too numerous to list here.


Louis Wood our site illustrator has now launched his website Click here to view.  

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