Thaxted Guild Hall by Susan E. King

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Built by the guild of Cutlers in 1390, this magnificent building is the centrepiece of the chocolate box village of Thaxted. Used as the head quarters of the guild, the open plan ground floor was designed as meeting and trading point for the village, whilst the upstairs provided private office and residential space for the warden. In 1556 the decline of the cutlery industry in the area saw the guildhall sold and fall into disrepair. In the seventeenth Century the building was used as the local grammar school, and continued until 1878 in this role. The twentieth Century saw the building bought by Essex County Council and has since housed the parish council and primarily been used for local community events, fetes, antiques fairs and craft exhibitions.


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  • clisue
    clisueover 6 years ago

    Great shot Sue. I did not know you knew so much about the place.

  • Thank you dear,
    I am just a fountain of knowledge lol

    – Susan E. King

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago

    fabulous buildings- lovely capture

  • Thanks Cheryl

    – Susan E. King

  • peterlangman
    peterlangmanover 6 years ago

    i love this building.. been past it a few times. great shot

  • Thanks Peter your comment means a lot

    – Susan E. King

  • Kimberley  x ♥ Davitt
    Kimberley x ♥...over 6 years ago

    wow and its still standing looks like its bowing but proff that its strong, is that it has lasted do long.

  • Thanks Kim. yes it is a bit wonky but it has been there a while lol

    – Susan E. King

  • dougie1
    dougie1over 6 years ago

    great one susan!

  • Leslie Wood
    Leslie Woodover 6 years ago

    Wow!!! great shot and thanks for the history…fascinating looking building. :)

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98over 6 years ago

    Excellent photo Susan. I’m certain I have a relative living in Thaxted – shall have to go back through the family tree now! Peter

  • lisa1970
    lisa1970over 6 years ago

    I love this building…always amazed it doesn’t topple! Nice bit of research into the history too, well done :-)

  • Many thanks for taking time to look at & comment on my work

    – Susan E. King

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanalmost 5 years ago

    This is awesome, I love the image and the story. Thank you for sharing the history as well.

  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertover 4 years ago

    Great shot, a really amazing building. I see it almost every day when I drive past at work.

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