Broxted Church was the local church of journalist John McCarthy. He, along with Terry Waite and Brian Keenan, was taken hostage in Beirut on 17th April 1986 and held for more than 5 years, being released on 8th August 1991. The Church has two specially commissioned stained glass windows – The Captivity and Freedom Windows designed by John Clark commemorating this.
The oldest part of the Church (the Chancel) can be dated back to 1220, although there was probably a Saxon Church on this site prior to this. The Church was heavily restored in 1876.