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Thaxted Guildhall

Town Street, Thaxted, Essex, CM6 2LD

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About this venue

Thaxted Guildhall was built by the Guild of Cutlers six hundred years ago, and is still in active use. In 1390, long before the church was finished, the cutlers chose a site near to Hall Gate, where three roads met, and started work on their Guildhall. This magnificent building houses a permanent display of old photographs and objects relating to the history of Thaxted and a small museum. The building is an impressive survival of a market feature, once common throughout the country.

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  • The venue is open Easter weekend Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 11.00 - 18.00.
  • After Easter, it is open Sundays and Bank Holidays 14:00 - 17:00 till September and all weekend on special occassions.


  • The venue is situated within the centre of the village.
  • This venue is situated in Thaxted.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • There is not a bus stop within 150m (164yds) of the venue.
  • The nearest mainline station is Elsenham.


  • The venue does not have its own car park.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located on Town Street.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in) wide.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • The steps are located in front of the venue.
  • There is / are 3 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are medium.
  • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are medium.
  • The steps do not have handrails.

Inside Access

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Lighting levels are medium.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G-1-2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are not clearly marked.
    • The steps are medium (11cm - 17cm).
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on the left going up.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Other View
    • The area(s)/service(s) on the floors which are not accessible is/are the council chamber.


  • Exhibits cannot be audio described.
  • Tactile signage for exhibits is not available.
  • The availability of tactile signage does not depend on exhibition.
  • Braille signage for exhibits is not available.
  • The availability of Braille signage does not depend on exhibition.
  • Touch tours are not available.
  • The availability of touch tours does not depend on exhibition.
  • Video tours are not available.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.

Accessible Toilet

  • There are not accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.

Standard Toilet(s)

Additional Info

  • Staff do not receive disability awareness / equality training.
  • A member of staff trained in BSL skills is not generally on duty.
  • Children are welcomed at the venue.
  • The venue part of any local or national disability are not initiatives.