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Lavenham & Church Tower Open Day 06-08-2011 | by Karen Roe
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Lavenham & Church Tower Open Day 06-08-2011

England's Finest Medieval Village.


Discover Lavenham; England's finest medieval village and food capital of Suffolk.

Lavenham has wonderful places to stay, restaurants and pubs with excellent food and interesting shops and galleries.

An ideal place to stay for a short break to explore Suffolk's countryside and coast.


Lavenham is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England. It is noted for its 15th century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk. In the medieval period it was among the 20 wealthiest settlements in England. Currently, it is a popular day-trip destination for British people from across the country and Americans from the air bases of Lakenheath and Mildenhall, along with another historic wool town in the area, Long Melford.


For four centuries, Lavenham made its fortune from the wool trade, selling blue broadcloth, 'Lavenham Blues' - everywhere from Africa to the Baltic. By 1524, the town, its population just 2,000, was 14th richest in England, ahead of York and Lincoln.


The church of St. Peter & St. Paul, Lavenham. A very grand parish church dating from the 15th Century it was paid for by several rich Lavenham clothiers and the Lord of the Manor. It was built on the site of an earlier church and the present building is of the late perpendicular style.

With the Church Tower clearly visible on the Suffolk Skyline, this church can be seen for miles around. Once a year it is open to the public. Well worth climbing the 200 steps to the top!


An ideal place to start a historic Potter trail, the medieval town of Lavenham was where it all began for Harry Potter in the Deathly Hallows, after deciding it had an "ethereal" quality. Lavenham stars as Harry’s childhood village of Godrick’s Hollow - the scene where his parents fell foul to the Dark Lord, and the epic battle began.

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Taken on August 6, 2011