A Day Exploring Lavenham

This is a bit of a belated post but Lavenham is such a beautiful town so I had to write about it even if I’m a bit behind! I had such a lovely day just after Christmas, exploring the town, visiting cute little tea shops and finding antique gems. As my visit was around Christmas time you can still see all the wreaths on the doors which added a beautiful festive touch to the already picturesque town.

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Lavenham is a small town in the heart of Suffolk and is best known for it’s brilliantly preserved architecture and history as a medieval wool town. During the medieval period, Lavenham came to prominence through producing and exporting its famous blue broadcloth as far as Russia. During the 14th century, Lavenham’s weaving industry was further encouraged by Edward III making it one of the 20 wealthiest settlements in medieval Britain.

During the Tudor period, the wealth of the town continued to increase, leading to a series of beautiful timber-framed buildings, as well as a village church. Sadly this wealth didn’t last with Lavenham being unable to compete with the cheaper, lighter fabric produced by Dutch refugees in nearby Colchester during the late 16th century.

Due to the fall of the wool trade, and subsequent loss of wealth, many of the wonderful timber buildings were never altered meaning visiting Lavenham today is much the same as it would have been in the 15th century.

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I absolutely loved wandering around the town, taking in all the beautiful architecture, it felt like being in a period drama! The marketplace was a real focal point in the town, overlooked by the grand Guild Hall building.

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Unfortunately, when I visited the Guildhall wasn’t open to visitors, however from previous visits I know it’s a great place to explore the history of Lavenham. It was built by the Guild of Corpus Christi in the 15th century as one of three guilds founded in Lavenham to regulate the wool trade. Now cared for by the National Trust, the Guild Hall hosts a range of exhibitions inside on local history, farming and industry, as well as the story of the medieval woollen trade. Well worth a visit if you’re in the town! Visit their website here for my information about visiting.

The National Trust also run guided walks around the town and Guild Hall, giving you information as you explore, I would love to try one of these in the future as I’d love to learn about the history behind all the individual buildings. Click here for more information.

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Aside from the history of the town, there are lots of independent shops and cafes housed in the historic buildings. There are some really lovely antique shops which hold a large range of historic pieces from classic books to furniture.

I had such a wonderful day exploring Lavenham and I hope you enjoyed reading about it and are inspired to visit!! Do you know any historic towns you’d recommend visiting? Please let me know, I’m always looking for new places to explore!

Emma rasp

6 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds like you had a lovely time and your photos are adorable. I would love to learn more about English towns and cities. I need to visit more places this year in the UK x

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    1. Thank you! It was such a lovely visit, there are so many places to explore in the UK! ☺️ x

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  2. ThingsHelenLoves says:

    The whole place looks like a film set, so charming!

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    1. It does, feels like stepping back in time! Lavenham was actually featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, as Godric’s Hollow, Harry’s birthplace! ☺️

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  3. Tanja says:

    I’ve had Easter lunch here at the Swan years ago;)

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    1. It’s a lovely pub! Hope you had a nice time in Lavenham!

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