Parish Church

Thaxted Church is one of the grandest in the county of Essex, 183 feet long and 87 feet wide, and so beautiful that it may well claim to be the Cathedral of Essex. The Church stands on a hill and dominates our historic town.

From whichever direction the visitor approaches, the splendid spire can be seen many miles away. Thaxted's tradition of Catholic faith and Christian Socialism is maintained in this wonderful building which is not only used for services but also by local schools and drama organisations for the greater benefit of the community.

The Church also has a great musical tradition. In the North transept sits a remarkable Georgian organ, a unique survival from the past

and the subject of an on-going restoration. The composer Gustav Holst was the organist here in the early years of the 20th century and both he and his friend Ralph Vaughn-Williams played the “Lincoln” organ regularly. In the present day, the Church plays host to the famous Thaxted Festival, a 3-week musical extravaganza in an unbeatably atmospheric venue. 

For further history or for information on Church services, events and fund-raising please visit our website.

For more information call Perry Staker on 01371 830014 or

For upcoming Church events see the Trumpet Events Calendar