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Discover Lavenham Today - a visit to Lavenham is a 'must do', with over 300 listed buildings, this gem of a village is one of the 'finest medieval villages in England’. Full of half-timbered houses, some of them leaning at alarming angles, this Suffolk village is definitely one to spend some time in, or better still, to base yourself for a few days. 
Enjoy the morning sight-seeing our fantastic medieval streets and buildings, taking time to stop for morning coffee at one of the quaint tea rooms. After some shopping in our unique array of independent shops and galleries, enjoy a fabulous lunch at one of the many pubs and restaurants in the village. Later, after some Retail Therapy why not relax with an indulgent cream tea .... take a look at just a few of the places well worth exploring ... 
Lavenham in years gone by ...... 
We invite you to step back in time by taking a look at some fascinating old images of Lavenham from years gone by. Despite changes, Lavenham still retains its unique appeal; encompassing the very best of the old and new, fully justifying its claim to be one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England.  
Most people are drawn to this attractive Suffolk destination by the profusion of half-timbered medieval cottages, 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! 
The older buildings are centred around the market place, with its 16th century Guildhall and still earlier Market Cross. The Market Cross was the scene of bear-baiting contests during the late medieval and Tudor periods. The Guildhall is now owned by the National Trust, and houses a permanent local history exhibition. 
Despite its bustling past, Lavenham has remained small, with few of the distractions of modern growth, offering visitors and residents a much sought after, but seldon found, sense of peace and tranquiity. 

The Crooked House - High Street 

Swan Hotel pre 1914 

Post Office, Pastors House  

Market Square 

Water Street 

Lavenham High Street 

Corner of Lady Street 

Old Blacksmiths Water St 

High Street Cars & Shoppers 

Market Cross in the Square 

now ... The Great House 

Top of the High Street 

Lavenham Church 

We are sure that if you haven't visited Lavenham before you will do so very soon and for those who have already discoverd our hidden gem of a village, we invite you back again. You'll always find something new to wonder at, whether it be the amazing architecture, a new tea room or some exciting unique item in one of the village's many independent shops.  
We all look forward to welcoming visitors both old and new to our wonderful village - see you soon! 
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