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BLACK AND WHITE TOWN HALL AT THAXTED, ONCE A CLOTH HALL

BLACK AND WHITE TOWN HALL AT THAXTED, ONCE A CLOTH HALL

Thaxted, in Essex, where numbers of the Flemish weavers settled, soon became identified with the trade in cloth. At some time in the fifteenth century there was a cloth hall here, but the present guild or moot hall appears to date from the reign of James I. As seen in the photograph, the ground floor is open, and it was used as a covered-in market. Very picturesque is this ancient building, with its overhanging upper storeys and the rectangular pattern of its open timber work.

Other pictures from Guilds and the Guildhall in Civic Life


BARBER-SURGEONS ADMITTING A MEMBER: PRESENTING A PETITION AT THE GUILDHALL, LONDON

A MODERN GUILDHALL ON THE SITE OF AN ANCIENT SANCTUARY

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