In the 14th century Edward III encouraged the English weaving industry and Lavenham began to prosper. However in the late 16th century Dutch refugees in Colchester began weaving a lighter, cheaper and more fashionable cloth and the woollen trade in Lavenham began to fail.
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Parts of the property close occasionally for community use. 2 to 4 December: Lavenham Christmas Fair (free)
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As well as its many historic buildings, Lavenham is also blessed with good pubs, fine places to eat and fascinating antique shops to browse around. This part of Suffolk is renowned for its historic houses and pretty villages: Stoke by Nayland, Brent Eleigh, Monks Eleigh, and Chelsworth, for example.
Ready for a new discovery? Lavenham has had a turbulent five hundred years of history; this quintessential Suffolk gem has seen it all, from wealth and Hollywood glamour to extreme hardship and poverty.
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As part of our series on gardens in Suffolk, with the season so far welcoming in heady summer days and balmy, relaxed evenings, we bring you the lovely garden of Pilgrims in Lavenham.Pilgrims is situated in the heart of the medieval village, with a stunning view f...
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In Tudor times, Lavenham was said to be the fourteenth wealthiest town in England, despite its small size. Its fine timber-framed buildings and beautiful church, built on the success of the wool trade, make it a fascinating place to explore today.
Discover how the town’s fortunes altered from its 16th-century glory days. Learn how the changes affected the upkeep of the timber-framed buildings, including the Guildhall, which has changed its uses many times over the years.
This fleet was sent by Philip of Spain in an attempt to invade England
This monarch died at Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire, in early 1400, probably of starvation
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Most of the buildings in Lavenham today date from the 15th century, many of these were never altered due to the fall of the weaving industry. Consequently the town is still very much on the same scale as it must have been in the 15th century.
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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star: The Story Of Jane Taylor
Whisk someone away for a romantic break in picturesque Lavenham.
Step back through generations of black and white stills and film imagery at The Guildhall. Francis Lingard Ranson was instrumental in founding The Lavenham Preservation Society and his fascinating pictorial legacy echoes the Lavenham you see today.
The Swan at Lavenham is one of the most historic hotels in Suffolk (if not in all of England!). The hotel dates to the 14th century, and the building oozes history from every darkened beam. Parts of the hotel once served as a medieval guildhall for Lavenham's wealthy wool merchants, and parts were a 16th century house. Within the charmingly restored interior you will find numerous original features, including an authentic minstrel gallery. more >>
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Lavenham Guildhall, is one of the finest timber-framed buildings in Britain and reflects the great wealth of Lavenham's early 16 century heyday.
English under Edward, the Black Prince, defeat French army and capture John II of France
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In the late 18th century, the village was home to poet Jane Taylor, and it was while living in Shilling Street that she wrote the poem The Star, from which the lyrics for the nursery rhyme Twinkle Twinkle Little Star are taken.
Brent Eleigh, St Mary's Church - 1.8 miles (Historic Church)
Like many East Anglian settlements, Lavenham was home to RAF Station Lavenham an American Air Force airfield during the Second World War. USAAF Station 137 was manned by the US Army Air Force 487th Bombardment Group between 1944 and 1945. The airfield, actually located a few miles away in Alpheton, has since been returned to arable farmland, though some evidence of its structures and buildings remains, including the control tower.
Treat yourself to a cuppa and a freshly baked cake in our Tudor tea-room or take home a souvenir from our shop which has a fine selection of gifts and cards. Or how about a locally grown plant?
Most people are drawn to this attractive Suffolk town by the profusion of half-timbered medieval cottages, beloved of calendar photographers. Lavenham has been called "the most complete medieval town in Britain", a tribute to its fine collection of medieval and Tudor architecture. Mansions of wealthy merchants mingle with simple cottages, some of which mix crooked timber beams with sprightly pink-painted infill!
Limewashing is carried out on many of Lavenham’s timber-framed buildings, including the Guildhall. Discover why we do this and how this traditional finish fits in with our conservation principles.
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Lavenham is a village, civil parish and electoral ward in Suffolk, England. It is noted for its 15th century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk. In the medieval period it was among the 20 wealthiest settlements in England. Today, it is a popular day-trip destination for people from across the country along with another historic wool town in the area, Long Melford.
The church of St Peter and St Paul at night.
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Long Melford, with its many antique shops and associations with the TV series 'Lovejoy', is close by. The towns of Sudbury and Bury St. Edmunds are also within easy reach. A little further afield you will find Dedham and Flatford Mill in the heart of Constable country.
The Crooked House. The timbers have warped over time causing the upper floor to look crooked - hence the name.