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  • The Guildhall | Thaxted
    dating being the prime evidence Also it is not really a Guildhall as the design is more of a moote or mote hall That is a civic meeting place Many guide books mention the Cutler s Guild but not only is there no evidence that the building was associated with this guild in fact there is no evidence of such a guild in the Middle Ages and it is very unlikely that there was one What is fact is that there was a thriving cutlery industry in Thaxted at this time Therefore it is most likely they contributed financially to its construction The building has an open paved ground floor which was used as a market and meeting place and the first floor as an open gallery with window openings which could be screened when necessary The top floor was probably the Warden s living quarters As mentioned above there was a cutlery industry in Thaxted at one time it is known that over a third of the working population were involved in the trade in some way but the other trades in the town would have been associated with farming and the land When the cutlery trade began to decline and to foster and regulate trade a formal Charter of Incorporation was granted by Philip and Mary and Thaxted became a Borough This allowed the appointment of a Mayor two Bailiffs and twenty four Burgesses to form a Court of Common Council to manage the civic life of the town In 1686 the Charter was extinguished owing to the persecution of James II and during the years that followed the Guildhall fell into disrepair Yardleys Charity one of the town s existing Charities took over the Guildhall at the end of the 17th century carrying out a major restoration

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  • Conrad Noel | Thaxted
    the Church of England and officiated in various parishes until 1910 In 1910 the local landowner Lady Warwick also an outspoken left winger appointed Conrad Noel a Christian Socialist to the living of Thaxted He was a man of enormous energy and talent and transformed Thaxted into a maelstrom of political and cultural activity He joined the Independent Labour Party and in 1911 became a founding member of the British Socialist Party He remained vicar in Thaxted until his death in 1942 Conrad Noel s most notable action was when he hung the red flag and the flag of Sinn Féin alongside the flag of St George in the Church This led to the Battle of the Flags Flags can arouse passionate feelings as was demonstrated by this long running Battle of the Flags which disrupted Thaxted for several years Generations of Cambridge undergraduates journeyed here to remove the flags They led attacks on the church and ceremoniously pulled the flags down sparking off fist fights and other disturbances Eventually a consistory court ruled against his displaying the flags and Noel obeyed the ruling He founded the Catholic Crusade to propagate his views which had some impact in the origins of Trotskyism in Britain Conrad was inevitably dubbed The Red Vicar by the popular press as a result of his actions and beliefs But Noel s insistence that Christianity was about beauty and ritual too attracted many well known artists and musicians to Thaxted For several years the composer Gustav Holst and Conrad collaborated on musical events Nearby the Church are the almshouses built in the early 18th century to house the poor Opposite is a thatched building known as The Chantry which was once a medieval priest s house Conrad Noel was concerned by the dilapidated condition into which

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  • Conrad Noel | Thaxted
    of England and officiated in various parishes until 1910 In 1910 the local landowner Lady Warwick also an outspoken left winger appointed Conrad Noel a Christian Socialist to the living of Thaxted He was a man of enormous energy and talent and transformed Thaxted into a maelstrom of political and cultural activity He joined the Independent Labour Party and in 1911 became a founding member of the British Socialist Party He remained vicar in Thaxted until his death in 1942 Conrad Noel s most notable action was when he hung the red flag and the flag of Sinn Féin alongside the flag of St George in the Church This led to the Battle of the Flags Flags can arouse passionate feelings as was demonstrated by this long running Battle of the Flags which disrupted Thaxted for several years Generations of Cambridge undergraduates journeyed here to remove the flags They led attacks on the church and ceremoniously pulled the flags down sparking off fist fights and other disturbances Eventually a consistory court ruled against his displaying the flags and Noel obeyed the ruling He founded the Catholic Crusade to propagate his views which had some impact in the origins of Trotskyism in Britain Conrad was inevitably dubbed The Red Vicar by the popular press as a result of his actions and beliefs But Noel s insistence that Christianity was about beauty and ritual too attracted many well known artists and musicians to Thaxted For several years the composer Gustav Holst and Conrad collaborated on musical events Nearby the Church are the almshouses built in the early 18th century to house the poor Opposite is a thatched building known as The Chantry which was once a medieval priest s house Conrad Noel was concerned by the dilapidated condition into which it had

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  • Conrad Noel
    the Independent Labour Party and in 1911 became a founding member of the British Socialist Party He remained vicar in Thaxted until his death in 1942 Conrad Noel s most notable action was when he hung the red flag and the flag of Sinn Féin alongside the flag of St George in the Church This led to the Battle of the Flags Flags can arouse passionate feelings as was demonstrated by this long running Battle of the Flags which disrupted Thaxted for several years Generations of Cambridge undergraduates journeyed here to remove the flags They led attacks on the church and ceremoniously pulled the flags down sparking off fist fights and other disturbances Eventually a consistory court ruled against his displaying the flags and Noel obeyed the ruling He founded the Catholic Crusade to propagate his views which had some impact in the origins of Trotskyism in Britain Conrad was inevitably dubbed The Red Vicar by the popular press as a result of his actions and beliefs But Noel s insistence that Christianity was about beauty and ritual too attracted many well known artists and musicians to Thaxted For several years the composer Gustav Holst and Conrad collaborated on musical events Nearby the Church are the almshouses built in the early 18th century to house the poor Opposite is a thatched building known as The Chantry which was once a medieval priest s house Conrad Noel was concerned by the dilapidated condition into which it had fallen and consequentaly he bought it on behalf of the church His Christian socialism did not always go down well with some of his more wealthy parishioners but no one ever doubted his sincerity and charisma As time went on Thaxted was a place where folk traditions were encouraged by Conrad and his wife

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  • Conrad Noel | Thaxted
    and officiated in various parishes until 1910 In 1910 the local landowner Lady Warwick also an outspoken left winger appointed Conrad Noel a Christian Socialist to the living of Thaxted He was a man of enormous energy and talent and transformed Thaxted into a maelstrom of political and cultural activity He joined the Independent Labour Party and in 1911 became a founding member of the British Socialist Party He remained vicar in Thaxted until his death in 1942 Conrad Noel s most notable action was when he hung the red flag and the flag of Sinn Féin alongside the flag of St George in the Church This led to the Battle of the Flags Flags can arouse passionate feelings as was demonstrated by this long running Battle of the Flags which disrupted Thaxted for several years Generations of Cambridge undergraduates journeyed here to remove the flags They led attacks on the church and ceremoniously pulled the flags down sparking off fist fights and other disturbances Eventually a consistory court ruled against his displaying the flags and Noel obeyed the ruling He founded the Catholic Crusade to propagate his views which had some impact in the origins of Trotskyism in Britain Conrad was inevitably dubbed The Red Vicar by the popular press as a result of his actions and beliefs But Noel s insistence that Christianity was about beauty and ritual too attracted many well known artists and musicians to Thaxted For several years the composer Gustav Holst and Conrad collaborated on musical events Nearby the Church are the almshouses built in the early 18th century to house the poor Opposite is a thatched building known as The Chantry which was once a medieval priest s house Conrad Noel was concerned by the dilapidated condition into which it had fallen and

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    friendly Printer friendly Your email Your name Send to Enter multiple addresses separated by commas and or different lines Subject Page to be sent Conrad Noel Your message Copyright 2010 Thaxted Parish Council Source URL retrieved on 16 02 2016

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  • Thaxted Parish Church | Thaxted
    and transepts chapels and the two porches the King s and the Duke s for Edward the Fourth gave the one with his arms on it North porch and Lionel Duke of Clarence gave the other marked with his coronet South porch Both porches are vaulted and both have a spiral stair leading to a room above and ending in a turret The Church was built in the form of a cathedral with a fine crossing between the main body and the chancel The hexagonal pulpit with canopy and ogee shaped base dates from c 1680 The roof is early 16th century and comprises six bays The chancel is flanked by two side chapels The left or North side is dedicated to St Thomas of Canterbury and is generally called the Becket chapel The right or South side is dedicated to Jesus mother Mary and his maternal grandmother Ann Formally known as the chapel of Our Lady and Our Lady Anne it is generally called the Lady chapel The chapel in the south transept is dedicated to St Catherine of Alexandria who was condemned to death in 800AD nailed to a cart wheel The chapel in the north transept is dedicated to St Laurence deacon of Rome but has also been known as Trinity Aisle and the Singers Chapel Since 1858 the chapel has been the home of the Lincoln Organ The Stellar the great star shaped candelabra which hangs in the cross aisle was designed by the architect Randall Wells It was originally designed for St Mary s Church Primrose Hill London NW3 but was never erected there It has been in Thaxted Church since 1910 and tells the Christmas story Matthew 1 1 17 There are 42 lights made up of 3 x 14 There were 14 generations from Abraham to King David 14 generations from King David to the Flight into Egypt and 14 generations from the Flight into Egypt to the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem The ball below the 42 lights symbolises the world therefore Jesus the Light of the World There are two organs the larger was built by Henry Lincoln in 1820 and came here from St John s Chapel Bedford Row London in 1858 The smaller Conrad Noel Memorial Organ beneath the tower arch was built in 1952 by Cedric Arnold with money raised on the death of the late Fr Conrad Noel vicar of Thaxted 1910 42 The organ built by Henry Lincoln around 1820 is now rarely played due to its failing condition and it is in need of restoration It was originally built for St John s Chapel Bedford Row London but moved to Thaxted in 1858 and was in active use here until the 1960s Over the 150 years in Thaxted the instrument has been little repaired and altered meaning that it offers a tremendous opportunity for restoration and use as a late Georgian organ If you would like to learn more about the Lincoln Organ Restoration

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