The Moot Hall

Aldeburgh’s Town Hall

Aldebroughe-Map-16Ca Another early map c1589

The Moot Hall was built during the first half of the 16th Century; the experts agree. Beyond that, however, there is no certainty. No documentary evidence exists; the style of the building suggests to one expert that it was built about 1520  and to another about  1550. We must be content with that. What we do know is that the building of Aldeburgh’s Town Hall coincided with the beginning of a period of prosperity in the town which lasted approximately 150 years.

Moot hall in maps 18c

By 1790 there is nothing between the Moot Hall and the sea except a couple of capstans and a stretch of beach.