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Watercolour Suffolk Arthur Edward Davies RBA RCA
1893-1989 ‘The Moot Hall Aldeburgh’ This fine watercolour like the other one I have listed by Arthur Davies is from a private collection and is a superb example with great attention to detail and according to the inscription was destined for the Royal Academy Exhibition. Unframed in a double ivory mount, signed lower right. Titled and further signed verso where also inscribed ‘For the RA’ Size: 27cm high by 37cm wide In Anglo Saxon England, a low ring shaped earthwork served as a moot hill or moot mound, where the elders of the hundred would meet to take decisions. Some of these acquired permanent buildings, known as moot halls. Many moot halls are on relatively new sites within later settlements. You can find moot halls in; Aldeburgh, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Brampton, Colchester, Daventry, Elstow (nr Bedford), Hexham, Holton le Moor, Keswick, Newcastle upon Tyne, Steeple Bumpstead, Maldon, Essex and Wirksworth. The Moot hall was built during the first half of the 16th Century. Beyond that however, there was no certainty. No documentary evidence exists; the style of the buildings suggests to one expert that it was built about 1520 and to another around 1550. What is known 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.


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