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Thaxted is a small historical town towards the north of Essex, in south-east England, north-east of Bishops Stortford (and Stansted Airport) and south-east of Saffron Walden.
Although small, Thaxted has some very lovely buildings to discover when you visit, especially some 15th century half-timbered buildings around the centre of the village and is one of the most beautiful towns in this part of the country.
Pride of place among these goes perhaps to the Guildhall, an exceptional 15th century construction with a sheltered ground floor accessed by wooden arches that surround the building, and two further floors each slightly larger than the one below (another medieval technique to provide shelter to those below) - the first floor also has pretty little arched windows.
Other highlights include Saint John the Baptist Church (14th-15th century), unusual for the 'mini' flying buttresses that support the stone spire (and for its grandeur, explaining why it is often referred to as a cathedral); and the medieval house known as 'Dick Turpin's cottage'. There is also a windmill in Thaxted dating from 1804 called John Webb's Mill, a lovely traditional brick mill over five stories; and a very cute thatched cottage and house next to the church - the almshouses.
It won't take you long to explore Thaxted but you'll be glad you did! When you have finished strolling around there is a selection of cafes and pubs to go in and relax.
Nearby Horham Hall is a fine medieval manor house (in private ownership).