St John the Baptist with Our Lady & St Laurence

Simon Jenkins, when chairman of the national trust, wrote 'Thaxted is the queen of Essex and her crown is the church'.

About this church

Thaxted church is one of the grandest in the county of Essex, 183 feet long and 87 feet wide. 

The church as it appears today dates mainly from the 14th and 15th centuries, it is arguably one of the finest parish churches in the county and is the second biggest. Simon Jenkins, when chairman of the national trust, wrote 'Thaxted is the queen of Essex and her crown is the church'. Sir John Betjeman wrote in similar glowing terms.

The town's wealth was based on the cutlery trade in the medieval period. The church is often referred to as the cathedral of Essex. It's scale is impressive and it's spire is visible from every approach to the town. It is a well known landmark and much loved by the community , whether church goers or not. In the early 20th century the well known composer, Gustav Holst, was the church organist in Thaxted, and played the famous Lincoln organ, which is still in the church.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church

Other nearby churches

St Mary the Virgin

At the end of a lane leading away from the village, Debden's church is a mixture of building styles from the 13th to the 21st century.

St Mary the Virgin

The story of Radwinter church as it appears today revolves around the Reverend JFW Bullock, who was Vicar here from 1865 to 1916 and whose family had been lords of the manor.

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