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Old Market Hall
Now known as The Woolmarket is a 16th-century building with three small casement windows underneath an old tiled roof, with timber gable ends. It was used as an auction room for the wool trade where sales were held each year and attracted buyers from overseas.
Many travelling merchants, including the Dutch, moored their vessels at near by Mucking or Fobbing and travelled to the woolmarket to trade in wool.
When the wool industry started to decline in the mid-seventeenth century, the owner; William Kingston used it to house poor widows and as a public meeting place until its closure in 1955, due to being ruled unfit for further habitation.
In 1969 the local authority granted £10,000 for its restoration. After the completion it was re-named The Woolmarket, and is now used as a village hall for various meetings and functions.

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28th Jul 2010 by Karen Davies

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Geography, History

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Foundation, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 4+

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