I’ve probably mentioned before that my Mum lives near Southend-on-Sea, which is in Essex (which is in England – just in case you’re new here).
My Mum very kindly lets me stay with her whenever I’m in the UK, this is great as I get to spend time with Mum and the rest of my family plus I save a fortune!
So, I’m working my way through the tourist attractions and historical sites in the area.
The main tourist website for the area is here, Southchurch Hall jumped straight out at me, because of the moat, I am ridiculously fond of moats.
Mum and I were kind of surprised when we arrived as we were in a residential area and I was a little confused as to where this hall and moat was…. but entering the park and walking through the grounds, I spotted the roof.
My first stop was to check out the moat and I’m not going to lie to you, I was really disappointed. There wasn’t any water in the moat. Which to me means that it isn’t a moat anymore. I suppose it could be called a ‘dry moat’ but what is the point of that?!
Entry into the medieval hall is free of charge and there is a great display which gives you loads of history. It has been simplified a little so that it is easier for children to understand. But it’s all good.
The hall is set up as it would have been in the 1400’s and 1500’s. We spent an hour going round the different rooms and it was really interesting. If you are in the area, I suggest you go check it out.