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  • 1. History

    Stansted was once a Roman burial site but nowadays is most famous for its airport. The airport was originally built in the 1940s for war aircraft and was taken over by the British Airports Authority in 1966. Sites of historical interest in the village include Stansted Mountfitchet Windmill, built in 1787, and Mountfitchet Castle, a reconstructed Motte and Bailey castle and vil...Read morelage built on its original site. Read less

  • 2. Now

    London Stansted is now London's third-busiest airport, and serves around 19 million passengers a year. Stansted is in the county of Essex and is served by Essex County Council and Uttlesford District Council.

  • 3. Events

    The Medieval Combat Weekend takes place at Mountfitchet Castle at the end of June and includes re-enactments, dancing, music and more. The Garden Show takes place at Stansted Park over three days in June and includes a fair, entertainment, displays, activities and more.

  • 4. Attractions

    Stansted Park includes a historic mansion, maze, garden centre, The Stansted Park Light Railway, Stansted Forest and more. Mountfitchet Castle is a reconstruction of a Motte and Bailey Castle and Norman village built on an ancient castle site. Visitors can step back in time and experience what life would have been like with the help of buildings, weapons and animals on the 10-...Read moreacre site. The Toy Museum is based at the site of Mountfitchet Castle and includes over 80,000 toys, books and games from Victorian times up to the 1990′s. The museum also includes the Haunted Manor, Dinosaur Park and Palaeontology House. Stansted Mountfitchet Windmill is open to visitors on the first Sunday of each month from May to October, as well as bank holidays. Visitors can climb up the ladders to the high floors and learn about its history. Most of the windmill’s original machinery has been restored and is still in place. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Mountfitchet Romeera Leisure Centre, on the outskirts of the village, includes trampolining, the Hall of Fun, tennis and badminton courts, gym, dance studio and more. Hatfield Forest is a National Trust site on the outskirts of the village containing ancient trees, walks, horseriding facilities and the Georgian Shell House.

  • 6. Business

    Shopping in Stansted Mountfitchet is based in Cambridge Road and Lower Street. These streets offer small and independent retail units offering convenience shops for the local community and specialist shops such as antiques. Larger shopping facilities in the region include the Jackson Square Shopping Centre, in nearby Bishop’s Stortford, and the extensive shopping facilities ...Read moreat Stansted Airport. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    Stansted Mountfitchet is situated just off the M11, giving good access to the north and south. The A120 runs to the east and west of the village, giving good access to the rest of the region. Stansted Airport is easy to reach and offers national and international flights. Stansted Mountfitchet train station has regular services into London and the rest of the region.

  • 8. Entertainment

    The Rhodes arts complex, in nearby Bishop’s Stortford, is a venue offering a variety of live shows, workshops, exhibitions and more. Live music can often be found in the traditional pubs in and around the village.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    Stansted Mountfitchet Windmill was built in 1787 and was opened to the public for the first time in 1964. It was scheduled as an Ancient Monument in 1952 and is a Grade II listed building. Stansted Airport, built in the 1940s, is now a huge landmark in the area. The main terminal of the airport was opened in 1991. St John’s Church was built in 1889 and is situated in the he...Read moreart of the village. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Stansted Mountfitchet Windmill was struck by lightning on the August bank holiday of 2003, while it was full of visitors. The building’s lightning conductor did its job and nobody was hurt in the incident.

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