Lavenham is sensational! It's a tiny town in Suffolk - close to Sudbury and to Bury St Edmunds - once made wealthy by the wool trade. And it boasts of the finest array of half-timbered medieval buildings in the country.
All told, Lavenham has 300 listed buildings. Not bad considering that its population is well under 2,000.
The market place alone has a Guildhall built about 1530 ... the ochre-coloured Little Hall dating from 1390 ... a market cross with an original base from 1500 ... you get the picture. If not, take a look -
And the parish church of St Peter and St Paul - parts of which date from the fourteenth century - is bigger than some cathedrals.
Everywhere you turn, there's another exceptional medieval building -
If you have never been to Lavenham - and we hadn't until now - give it a go!
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