Lavenham, located in the heart of the stunning Suffolk countryside, is considered to be Britain’s best preserved medieval village and one of Suffolk’s most important wool towns. Medieval charm can be found at every turn with timber framed buildings lining the narrow streets and lanes leading up to the impressive market place. There is a rich history to discover – Lavenham was the 14th richest town in Tudor England thanks to its famous Lavenham Blue broadcloth.
Over 300 buildings are listed as being of architectural and historic interest, including the beautiful and stately church of St Peter and St Paul, The Guildhall, Little Hall, and De Vere House to name but a few.
Lavenham is proud of its strong links to America. The Lavenham airbase was home to the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Air Force. The group flew 185 missions and more than 6000 sorties whilst stationed at Lavenham during WWII.
Today Lavenham is a thriving village with a strong community spirit. It is a hub of independent boutique shops and galleries, fantastic restaurants, chic hotels and luxury holiday cottages, plenty of cafes and pubs, and has a full diary of events and activities for locals and visitors alike.
Lavenham is also home to the filming place of Godric’s Hollow in Harry Potter- the fictional birthplace of Godric Gryffindor and the place where Harry got his scar from Voldemort.
Lavenham makes for an excellent day out and there’s plenty to when visiting. Info and links from Love Lavenham.