About Simon Langsdale
Memorial Bench to Peter King
The carving on this bench was commissioned to commemorate Peter King, who was a prominent inhabitant of the beautiful North Essex town of Thaxted. The legend “Thaxted is the hub of the universe” were words that Peter said to Princess Anne when she visited the town, and were deeply felt and believed by Peter. The building in the low relief carving is Thaxted’s Medieval Guild Hall, while Jupiter is included to acknowledge the period that the composer Gustav Holst lived in Thaxted and was a favourite piece of music for Peter.