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Tel code: 01787 | code search
Postcode: CO10 | code search
Population: 2000
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Great House Hotel
"This is an email we sent today 19/09/13 to the restaurant and the restaurant asked we send it to you so we have. To: The Great House Subject: Lunch today ..." More

Angel Hotel
"Good Points: It looked on the surface to be a pleasant airy room. Bad Points: On closer inspection I found the room to be a bit in need of attention. The ..." More

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"Hello Family Weeks, we all enjoyed the 3 days in Lavenham an the beer in the Greyhounds pub. Best regards from Austria Your Family of Mitterweidung

Date visited: 31.08. bis 02.09.2007 ..." More

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Visitors to Lavenham will find it easy to travel back to medieval times in their imaginations. The ancient village has been preserved in building after building in this most lovely of Suffolk spots, where timber-framed construction is the norm. If the imagination needs a little more help, they can stay in places like the 14th century Swan Inn, all beams and cosy fires, or Lavenham Priory, built by the Benedictines a century earlier, with its oak floors and courtyard herb garden. The village halted in its architectural evolution because the wealth which allowed it to bloom in medieval times disappeared with the rapid decline of the cloth trade, so what was there was little “improved” of added to in later years. In 1912 Henry Taylor, with the help of patron Princess Louise, managed to prevent the export of the Wool Hall to America, setting the future mark for conservation of historic buildings in Lavenham and elsewhere in the country. In 1965, when the ancient Swan Inn was extended, techniques from the reign of the first Elizabeth were used to incorporate beams hewn in the time of the second. In 1967 the Post Office supported the cause by removing its telephone wires and posts. This then is a town determined to retain its unique character, much to the pleasure of the tourists on whom its economy now relies. Sadly Puritan iconoclast William Dowsing did not rally to the preservation cause, smashing all the stained glass in St Peter and St Paul’s church. This monumental building with its tower rising 141 feet above the ground was built by old money and new – The Earl of Oxford John de Vere cooperated on the work with Lavenham wool and cloth merchants, most notably Thomas Spring. Spring’s coat of arms features more than thirty times in the interior, and a rather convoluted pun recalls de Vere – there are boars used frequently in the memorials, verres being Latin for boar. The medieval mirth merchants didn’t leave it there: look out for the droll carvings on the misericords, particularly the one of a pig being squeezed by a man, possibly another de Vere allusion. The National Trust looks after The Guildhall of Corpus Christi in the Market Place, and this is a good place to learn about the village buildings, but the pubs and shops too are just as likely to repay architectural interest. There are too many timber framed and jettied buildings to list, but not to be missed are those which stand out for their deviation from the perpendicular or horizontal, making the architecture seem organic: The Crooked House in the High Street is the most obvious example

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Lavenham Guildhall
Little Hall

Church

St Peter and St Paul

Cottage

Mews Cottage

Doctor

Goodliffe & Partners

Farmers Market

Lavenham Farmers' Market

Pub and Bar

Angel Hotel
Cock Inn
Greyhound
Swan Hotel (The)

Restaurant

Great House Hotel
Restaurant at The Swan Hotel
Swan Hotel (The)

Self-Catering

The Old Manse Barn

Shops

Halfords

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Great House Hotel (0.06 miles)

Great House Hotel

A beautiful country house hotel, overlooking the magnificent Market Place of Lavenham, in Suffolk, that offers luxurious ensuite accommodations and a wonderful award-winning French restaurant with three AA rosettes.

Short Breaks available Tuesdays to Thursdays inclusive ... More | visit website

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Angel Hotel (0.06 miles)

Angel Hotel

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The Angel at Lavenham is a Tudor inn set in the market place at the centre of one of England's finest medieval villages.
Between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, the inn with ... More

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Swan Hotel (The) (0.07 miles)

Swan Hotel (The)
Few hotels can boast the historic significance and splendour of The Swan. Once key to the famed Lavenham Wool trade, its timeless tranquility brings peace and comfort to those seeking a haven from the pressures ... More | visit website
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Twenty Seven (0.15 miles)

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27 Church Street is a 16th Century Grade II listed detached house a few minutes' walk from the village centre. It has a landscaped private rear garden which guests are ... More

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Brett Farm B&B (0.35 miles)

Brett Farm B&B

Riverside bungalow set in 27 acres yet only 5 min walk from the historic village of Lavenham with its many Tudor buildings and Guild Hall. Comfortable rooms with full english breakfast.

Enjoy the peaceful surroundings of ... More | visit website

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The Black Lion Hotel & Restaurant (3.53 miles)

The Black Lion Hotel & Restaurant

A glance at our comments book will soon reassure you that you have arrived in a small haven. As far away from the ‘corporate’ style of hotel as possible but still having all the ... More | visit website

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Bull Hotel (3.82 miles)

Bull Hotel

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The Bull is situated on Long Melford's High Street, near the Village Green. The fine timbered house has a history dating back over 500 years and has been an Inn since ... More

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The Old Manse Contemporary B&B (3.83 miles)

The Old Manse Contemporary B&B

We have designed The Old Manse Contemporary B&B to offer modern contemporary bed and breakfast accommodation. It’s secluded with wonderful rural views. Pefect private retreat for a couple looking to get away from it all ... More | visit website

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The Old Manse Barn (3.83 miles)

The Old Manse Barn

As a new conversion we have designed The Old Manse Barn to offer contemporary flexible bed and breakfast accommodation. The secluded position with extensive rural views offers a private retreat for a couple looking to ... More | visit website

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Crown Hotel (3.89 miles)

Crown Hotel

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The Crown Hotel is a family run historic inn which was originally built in 1610 and retains many interesting features.Situated in the very centre of Long Melford’s famous high street, ... More

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