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St Mary the Virgin in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

This medieval church, with parts dating from the 1100s,  stands next to the grounds of Stansted Hall. The setting is peaceful despite the convenience of the nearby motorway and airport. It contains two exceptional seventeenth-century tomb figures, those of wasp-waisted Hester Salusbury in her hunting clothes and her father Sir Thomas Middleton.

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Rambling and Roaming in Stansted Mountfitchet


Wimpole Estate –  A working estate still guided by the seasons, with an impressive mansion and Home Farm. The mansion, at the heart of this estate, is evidence of Elsie Bambridge’s success in creating a home; intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane’s breathtaking Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs. Stroll around the colourful parterre garden and wander through the Pleasure Grounds to the walled garden, abundant with fruit, vegetables and herbaceous borders. Click here for more information.

Mountfitchet Castle – Mountfitchet Castle is a unique open-air museum where the visitor can travel back in time over 900 years and truly witness life in a medieval Motte and Bailey castle. Explore the Castle and roam through the Norman village hidden behind the castle walls, wander in and out of the many houses and view the scenes, smell the log fires burning and feel the ambience of a bygone lifestyle. Meet and hand feed the tame Fallow deer and other rescued animals that roam freely throughout the 10 acre site. Visit the only medieval Castle and Norman Village reconstructed on its original site to exist in the world.