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
The House was given to the town of Clare in 1938 by 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.
Opening Hours for 2013
Half-term 21-24 February 2013 and
28 March 2013 until 29 September 2013
Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays 2 - 5pm; Saturdays and Bank Holidays 11.30am - 5pm.
Half-term 31 October to 3 November 2013
£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.
Neolithic Axe Head
Found in the River Stour - 5,000 BC.
Found embedded on the North bank of the River Stour, half a mile east of Clare.