Clare Ancient House is a Grade I Listed Building, and is recognised as having national importance. The West wing, on the High Street, is believed to date from the 14th century, and the more heavily decorated East wing may have been built in 1473, the date which appears in the plasterwork of the house. It is first mentioned in a will of 1502, which refers to the new and the old parts. This important timber-framed building is especially noted (and often photographed) for its decorative pargeting.
The House was given to the town of Clare in 1938 by a local businessman Charles Byford, to be put to a useful public purpose. In 1979, a museum was established. Subsequently, with the help of grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and from St Edmundsbury District Council, it was entirely re-designed, and re-opened in 1999. The Museum is run by volunteers and its trustees.
Please visit us in 2019, April to September. Or contact us by email for special requests and arrangements.
Normal hours in the season: Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays 2 – 5pm; Saturdays and Bank Holidays 11.30am – 5pm
£1.00 for each adult and child of 16 years and over.
Free for children up to 16 years old and Friends of the museum.
We regret there is no wheel chair access.
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