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visited the guildhall in this very quaint village .its national trust property. felt very welcome. could have had a guided tour ,but went round on our own. it tells the story or how lavenham was built... more »
Have been to a few National Trust places now and this one didn't appeal to me as much as others did, but that is more of a personal account. Although did enjoy Lavenham. The village has many old place... more »
Visited here recently. Situated in the heart of Lavenham, the Guildhalls tells the story of the East Anglian wool trade, and how Lavenham became one of the richest towns in England at that time. Now p... more »
One of the smaller national trust properties, but still worth a visit. Especially as the whole of Lavenham is an architectural time capsule and always worth a stroll around. The guildhall has the usual small gift shop and a pleasant cafe which are free to enter. Once you have paid (or shown your NT card) you can wander round the mostly empty ground floor, then head upstairs for some interesting but fairly eclectic artefacts and interpretive displays about the history of the building and the surrounding village. Don't miss the outside herb garden and the tiny jail and mortuary. There's supposed to be a cellar you can visit, but it's always been closed when I visited. In summary: if you are not already a member the entry price might be a bit steep given that you can enjoy the rest of Lavenham for free, but if you are a member it's a fun hour or so.
There is a lot of history in the building which is explain with the items laid out across the two floors. In each room, especially upstairs, is a lot of information you can read. Some of the history & story of the people that have lived/worked in the guildhall is on large A3 floppy plastic sheets joined together at the top, which makes holding & reading them a bit of a struggle. In the last room our copies on the wall with a large table to sit at & read in comfort. There is also a cellar, which was closed when we visited as the floor was damp & slippery. Set in the middle of Lavenham, is easy to find. Best place we found to park was at the car park near the Library & pub, The Cock Horse, which is also an easy walk to the Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul.
This is a grand old half timbered building which has had a number of uses over the centuries. Throughout the building the history is displayed with a different theme in each area of the building. The whole village is like a step back in time, some lovely buildings.
Cafe was atrocious. Treat this place as a tea room, not a lunch venue drink only tea not coffee nor trust any of the food. If it says salad on the menu it means a few lettuce leaves. The building was awesome though. The architecture was fabulous. The national trust should stick to what it's good at and food isn't it.
Another great day out. Interesting wool story
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