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Welcome to our family run Bed & Breakfast situated in the beautiful town of Thaxted in North Essex

 

Guildhall

Gustav Holst House

Dick Turpins House

Thaxted Church

Thaxted Morris Men

John Webbs Windmill

THAXTED

'The perfect place to visit'.
"There is no town in north Essex – and very few in England – to equal in beauty, compactness and juxtaposition of medieval and Georgian architecture, the town of Thaxted". Sir John Betjeman

Thaxted offers a wealth of history and has a recorded history dating back to before the Domesday Book (1086).

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THAXTED TOWN
Thaxted has numerous shops including an Antique shop, Gift shop, 3 pubs, a wine bar, & a butchers and bakers within the town.  There is also a regular Friday market, selling a variety of tantalising goods.

We are also in travelling distance of some Essex’s prettiest villages, including Finchingfield, Great Barfield and the market town of Saffron Walden.

A variety of not to be missed attractions include the beautiful Audley End House and Gardens, Duxford War Museum, Hatfield Forest, Hadleigh Castle and a great sightseeing and shopping trip to Cambridge should be added to your must visit places.

GUILDHALL – A beautiful lime washed timber building, the guild hall dates back as far as the 14th Century.  Once a home of the cutlers guild, Thaxted was a producer of knives and hilts, pommels and blade axes, to name but a few. Today the Guildhall hosts a substantial gallery which includes ancient documents, paintings and engravings.

GUSTAV HOLST – Lived in Thaxted from 1914 -  1925, within this time Holst completed this celebrated work the Planet Suite.  The theme from Jupiter was dedicated to Thaxted, and was set to the well known words of Cecille Spring-Rice, ‘I vow to thee my country’.   We host an extremely popular, yearly music festival to celebrate classical music which runs from June to July every year; more information can be found via - www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk

DICK TURPIN – It is said Dick Turpin lived in Thaxted, his home a grade 1, 15th Century timbered house with overhung upper stories, can be found just next to the GUILDHALL, in Stoney Lane.

THAXTED PARISH CHURCH
- Our magnificent church, which dates from the 14th Century, The Church of ST. John The Bapist, Our Lady & ST. Laurence, stands proudly behind the Guildhall.  The high steeple which rises to a height of 181 feet can be clearly viewed from our bedrooms.   Holst famously played his music on the historic Lincoln organ, which has a grade 1 certificate, being a rare Georgian organ built in 1821, by Henry Lincoln.

MORRIS DANCING – Folk dancing is an integral part of Thaxted life, and can be seen on our Welcome to Thaxted plaques when entering the town.  Folk dancing was introduced over 100 years ago by The REVD Conrad Noel and his wife Miriam.  Every year Thaxted celebrates by holding a Morris Men weekend, held early June, at the Bull Ring next to the Church.  This brings together members of Morris dancers from right across the country.  This is a popular event and more can be found via the Morris Ring Website www.themorrisring.org

JOHN WEBB WINDMILL – A grade 11 listed brick tower windmill, built in 1804.  A working mill which  worked for a hundred years, it was built to satisfy a growing demand for flour at a time of agricultural expansion.

More information on places of interest and forthcoming events can be found via the Thaxted website - http://www.thaxted.co.uk/content/special-events

 

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