Guildhall Finchingfield

Living History

Sunday 6th July Spains Hall gardens and house open.

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FINCHINGFIELD residents are revving up their preparations, ready to welcome the Tour de France to the village on Monday, July 7.

On Sunday, villagers will be showing off the parish's unique heritage with tours of Spains Hall.

And on the race day itself the newly restored Guildhall will be open from 2pm to 5pm to provide a pop up café with refreshments. The museum will also be open and will allow visitors to about the village and its history. There is a fancy dress area for children.

The Grade I listed Guildhall has been at the centre of village life for hundreds of years since it was built in 1470 while there has been a house on the site of Spains Hall for nearly 10 centuries. The hall is named after Hervey de Ispania, who held the manor at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, and it has been owned by only three families ever since.

The Elizabethan house was purchased by Samuel Ruggles in 1760, a clothier from the nearby town of Bocking, and it remains his descendants home, although also boast public roms for weddings and corporate events.

The gardens will be open from 2pm to 5pm and includes a woodland walk while house tours will take place at 2.30pm, 3.30pm and 4.30pm, each lasting about 50 minutes at a cost of £4 (£2 children) for the garden plus £3 (£1.50 child) for the house.

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