Broxted, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 1991 Hostage Windows commemorating the Beirut Hostages
In the north aisle is a monument to Thomas Bush (d. 1791). Bush was a successful London businessman; his epitaph reminds us that he 'by diligent attention to business acquired an ample fortune which he judiciously bequeathed among his relatives in such a manner as to place them above the cares, but below the dangerous indulgencies of life'. A section of the north aisle wall is displayed behind protective glass as an example of typical 15th century construction technique. There are a pair of 16th century brick windows in the nave, and a very unusal processional cross by the altar - looking rather like an oversized pepperpot.
Though Broxted church has much of historic interest, it is a modern feature that will draw many visitors; two windows, dubbed The Captivity and Freedom windows. The windows commemorate the captivity and eventual release of John McCarthy, a journalist and resident of Broxted, who was kidnapped in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1986. McCarthy and fellow British captives Brian Keeler, and Terry Waite became known as the 'Beirut Hostages'. They were held for over 5 years in captivity, during which time Broxted church became a place of prayer and vigil for their release. McCarthy's mother Sheila died during his captivity, and is buried in Broxted churchyard. When McCarthy was released in 1991 a celebration service was held in St Mary's, and a pair of old Victorian windows were replaced with the current moving glass design to celebrate not only the McCarthy story, but as a monument to hostages all over the world.
Beside the church is the 16th century Whitehall Hotel, formerly the church hall.
Note: don't confuse Broxted with Boxted, also in Essex!
Address: Church End, Broxted, Essex, England, CM6 2BZ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Next to the Whitehall Hotel, off the B1051, just south of Chickney and 4 miles south west of Thaxted
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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