Thaxted – St John the Baptist with Our Lady and St Laurence

Thaxted church is one of the most beautiful in Essex, and is situated at the top of a hill lined with notable old houses. There is a Guildhall dating from around 1450 just nearby and also a windmill. All very photogenic!

I have lots of photos of this church, a couple from a visit on a beautiful sunny day on 19th March 2012 and the rest from a visit on another beautiful sunny day on 6th April 2017.

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St John the Baptist, Thaxted

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Great Sampford – St Michael the Archangel

I visited this church on 6th April 2017, nicely located with old houses opposite, and a pleasant interior with a tiny organ.

There was a fine rookery outside (I love rookeries, the sight and the noise that the rooks make).

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St Michael the Archangel, Great Sampford

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The noticeboard

Fairstead – St Mary the Virgin (St Mary and St Peter)

Right out in the country, located amongst fields, lovely old church of Fairstead. It has original wall paintings inside. I visited on May 5th 2017, Spring Bank Holiday, and it was deserted.

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Approaching the church on a Spring Bank Holiday

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