|Courtesy of Wikipedia|
The Guildhall at Thaxted in Essex, England is still in active use today. The location was chosen in 1390 by the Guild of Cutlers because Thaxted was famous for production of cutlery until about 1550. With the rise of the Industrial Revolution Sheffield, in Yorkshire, become the world-renowned centre of cutlery manufacture.
The open lower floor is paved was used as a market place.
The building is wooden-framed and is in a good conditon having been restored after it fell into decay when the years of wealth production ended for Thaxted. The small country town retains a chocolate-box appearance and is a popular destination for tourists.
The church in the background was also began over six hundred years ago and has the tallest stone spire in the county.
This post was inspired by my regular visits to the writer Philp Wilkinson's English Buildings blog. I recommend a visit!