Lavenham, Suffolk travel guide and Lavenham information

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Visit Lavenham

Lavenham is a large village situated towards the south-east of the county of Suffolk, north-east of Sudbury and Long Melford.

A pretty and popular destination with visitors, Lavenham is best known for its numerous medieval houses, many of which are half-timbered, and for the imposing church.

One of the best preserved (and most photographed) medieval villages to be found in England, among the most impressive monuments in Lavenham is the Guildhall (Market Place), a substantial half-timbered building also dating from the early 16th century and now managed by the National Trust - the guildhall now contains a small museum dedicated to the history of the town.

The Old Wool Hall (now the Swan Hotel), the Little Hall, the Rose and Crown (Market Place) and the medieval shops on Water Street are some of the other examples of fine Tudor buildings in Lavenham. Don't miss the extraordinary Crooked House - you'll guess where it got its name when you see it!

You will see many others lovely buildings as you explore (there are more than 300 listed buildings in Lavenham), often painted in the local 'trademark' pink colour and some with unusual historical features around the doors and windows or set into the walls.

Lavenham Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul dates from the 15th-16th centuries (with a small part from the 14th century) and is constructed in the so-called 'perpendicular' style (ie with a focus on perpendicular elements in the design). The church features a great deal of decorative carving and also has the tallest chuch tower in Suffolk. Inside the church be sure to see the famous 15th century carved misericords.

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Map of Lavenham and places to visit

Lavenham places to visit