‘Birthplace’ of Morris revival comes onto the market

We are delighted to bring one of the most important and historic houses in the centre of Thaxted - The Market Cross next to the famous Guildhall - to the market.

The landmark property has had links to the Morris fraternity for more than 80 years, with Thaxted Morris being the oldest revival Morris dancing group in England. It was Thaxted Morris which hosted the meeting at which the Morris Ring was formed as a national organisation in 1934.

The building was also once home to the influential local businessman Alec Hunter. He moved to the house in 1944 and went on to have the Alec Hunter School in Braintree named after him for his services to education. 

The property started life as a hall house in the 14th century and had a facelift during the Georgian era, when bay windows and a doorcase with Tuscan columns and a pediment were added. The Market Cross was considered architecturally significant enough to feature in the influential log of properties in the UK: Pevsner’s The Buildings of England. 

Associate Director, Nick Bush, said, “It’s rare for such a historic and well-positioned property to come onto the market. The house is in the very heart of the town with parking to the side and almost half an acre of garden to the rear – features which are not often available in such a historic location.”

Alec Hunter was the first squire of the Morris Ring in Thaxted, a link which has continued today with the current owner being part of the town’s existing Morris men. Simon Ritchie said: “This house has always buzzed with entertainment and parties. Every year the Christmas festivities move from the church to the Guildhall – right outside my front door – with carols and a visit from Father Christmas. It’s a fabulous place in the centre of the action with the market every Friday and shops and restaurants close by.”

The five bedroom house comes with extensive cellars and a separate coach house. The Market Cross is on the market for £995,000. Call our Saffron Walden office on 01799 520520 for details.