Site of the bench in Coggeshall
Welcome to the information page for the listening bench installed in Coggeshall, Essex.
The bench features clips about some of the main aspects of the village’s rich history, including tambour lace-making and former pubs. You can also hear about the history of the phrase ‘Coggeshall Job’.
Location of the bench in Coggeshall
The bench is sited on Doubleday Corner outside Day Lewis pharmacy, at the crossroads of East Street and Market Hill.
Audio clips on this bench
Introduction to Coggeshall's history (Button A Clip 1)
Michael Horne describes the history of the buildings surrounding the listening bench.
Pilot's memories of time off in Coggeshall (Button A Clip 2)
David Vickery describes how the pilots based at Marks Hall airfield during the Second World War spent their time off in Coggeshall. From a BBC Essex recording made in 1990 (SA 1/631/1).
The Fleece, Coggeshall (Button A Clip 3)
Parts of a BBC Essex ‘Pub of the Week’ feature about the former Fleece pub in Coggeshall, recorded in 1994 (SA 1/1253/1).
Coggeshall Jobs Part 1 (Button B Clip 1)
First part of an explanation of the term ‘Coggeshall Job’, produced by the Essex Education Resources Centre in 1970 (SA 6/289/1).
Tambour lacework in Coggeshall (Button B Clip 2)
Sue Game describes tambour lace-making, for which Coggeshall was once famous. Recorded in 2017 for the listening bench.
Coggeshall Jobs Part 2 (Button B Clip 3)
Final part of the explanation of the term ‘Coggeshall Job’ (SA 6/289/1).