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This is the Saxon Church in the village of Cockley Cley, Norfolk

Cockley Cley

in the county of Norfolk

Dawlish lower promenade - June 2009


a Seaside Town in the county of Devon

Pictures of Thaxted

in the county of Essex

About Thaxted

The village of Thaxted is stunningly beautiful with many reminders that it was once and perhaps always has been an extremely prosperous place. This is borne out by the sheer magnificence and style of it's 15th-century church for this is a house of worship that in those far off day's would have cost a great deal of money.

Thaxted is a very English village of ancient winding lanes and wide manicured grassed areas around which are interspersed a mixture of cottages and houses. Of great interest in Thaxted is a pretty row of beautifully preserved old Almshouses which stand in close proximity to the church. The cottages to the one side have short chimney's peering from thatched roofs, whilst the matching row is attractively adorned with exquistely carved 'barge-boarding' and leaded windows, it's chimney's too, are of brick but are of a slightly taller variety. Within this enchanting complex is a tower windmill that dates from 1805. The timbered Guildhall is of 16th-century but the lock-up incorporated is reputed to date from much earlier times.

Favoured by being surrounded by several charming hamlets and villages, Thaxted has immense appeal and this whole area is well worth a visit. There is a museum at nearby Finchingfield and Mole Hall is close to Widdington. This is an excellent area for browsing around antique shops and there is a plentiful supply of pleasant inns and restaurants.

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Library, Market Square, Saffron Walden, Essex

Saffron Walden (198 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Essex

(6.7 miles, 10.8 km, direction NW of Thaxted)

The outstanding feature of Saffron Walden is its rich variety of properties tangled around its web of ancient streets...

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Wendens Ambo (5 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Essex

(7.1 miles, 11.5 km, direction NW of Thaxted)

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Bishop's Stortford (5 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Hertfordshire

(10.0 miles, 16.0 km, direction SW of Thaxted)

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Kedington (8 Pictures) in the county of Suffolk

(11.0 miles, 17.8 km, direction NE of Thaxted)

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Castle Hedingham (26 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Essex

(11.2 miles, 18.1 km, direction E of Thaxted)

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Saffron Walden Castle (10 Pictures)

(6.6 miles, 10.7 km, direction NW)

Very little remains of Saffron Walden Castle, but what is here is well worth seeing for it is a fine example of a Norman.....

Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden, Essex

Saffron Walden Museum (6 Pictures)

(6.6 miles, 10.7 km, direction NW)

This is the second oldest purpose-built museum in the country. It occupies a gracious russet brick building in an enclosed.....

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Bridge End Gardens (15 Pictures)

(6.7 miles, 10.8 km, direction NW)

These perfectly laid out gardens were started in the mid 18th century by Atkinson Francis Gibson. They are particularly noted.....

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Audley End (133 Pictures)

(7.1 miles, 11.4 km, direction NW)

Once, centuries ago in the days of Henry VIII a Benedictine Abbey stood here. A casualty of King's Dissolution caused by his.....

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Hatfield Forest Country Park (6 Pictures)

(7.4 miles, 11.8 km, direction SW)

An ancient royal hunting ground, designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserve...

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Hedingham Castle (24 Pictures)

(11.4 miles, 18.4 km, direction E)


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Imperial War Museum Duxford (125 Pictures)

(13.4 miles, 21.6 km, direction NW)

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