Exploring England – Lavenham, Suffolk

Exploring England – Lavenham, Suffolk

We have struggled to find the time to get away lately, so when we had the chance a few weeks ago, we jumped in the car and headed about and hour away from Essex, to beautiful Suffolk. For me, Suffolk is one of the prettiest counties and I always love going there.

Lavenham in Suffolk is said to be one of the best preserved Medieval villages in the UK. With its timber framed buildings, crocked little town houses and traditional village square, it really feels like you have stepped on to the set of a period drama.   I admit to having a passion for quirky buildings and architecture, and the houses and buildings in Lavenham feed this obsession in abundance. In the 1500’s Lavenham was a thriving market town, and was known to be the epicentre of the wool trade, making it one of the richest villages in the UK at the time. The timber buildings, (of which Lavenham has over 300) were built as a sign of the villages wealth. I love that!

The Guildhall, Lavenham Suffolk

The Guildhall, which is the focal point of the village square, was the place where the rules and laws were made, trading deals were set up and the wealthiest of the village held court. Bit like the house of commons then! Now owned and operated by The National Trust, this impressive building now lends itself to house a local history museum, tea rooms and tourist attraction.

We spent our time wandering around the narrow streets of Lavenham, happy to just imagine the past of the village and admire the buildings. The residents of Lavenham seem to take huge pride in their homes too, some of the gardens were just gorgeous! The village has a very traditional feel to it, with shops that are beautifully presented and full of character. In keeping with the villages wool trade history, there are many places to buy beautiful, hand made knitted clothes. If we had been able to spend more time there, I would have browsed the shops and hopefully have brought back something unique. It will be on my list to do when we return to stay for a few days in a couple of months.

As we strolled around the square, I got chatting to a man that was trying to take a photo of The Guildhall, as I was. He was fairly local to Lavenham, but often travelled there on the bus to indulge in his hobby of photography. He was great to chat to as he told us lots of snippets of information, including the fact that one of the houses was used In the Harry Potter films. De Vere house was used as the family home of Harry Potter in Deathly Hallows, and apparently, its front door is photographed only slightly less than the door of number 10 Downing Street. After a swift G& T in the historic pub, we set off in search of wizards..

sorry about the annoying lamp post, so inconsiderate of them to put it there! Shame Harry Potter couldnt make it dissapeario-illiarnio

Walking to just outside of the village square is the most gorgeous guesthouse and spa. The Swan is a 15th century property, that is one of the most gorgeous buildings in Suffolk I think. My husband popped in to enquire about staying, but it was fully booked. I was secretly pleased as that gave me an idea for a gift for him for our 20th wedding anniversary. Nik and I are going back to stay there for a couple of nights in October. Get me in that spa!

The Sawn at Lavenham

Now, if any of you have read any of my other Exploring England posts on the blog, you will know that we absolutely cannot go out for a day trip, without stopping in one of the tea rooms for a cuppa and cake/lunch. Here was no exception and you have little hidden tea rooms and places to eat in abundance to choose from. We popped into Lavenham Blue Vintage Tea Rooms and had a spot of well needed lunch. Well, its rude if you dont isnt it……..

Hidden tea room gardens

Lavenham is yet another beautiful place that we have discovered within day trip reach. We are looking forward to returning in October, and we hope to take in a few more of the sights and surrounding area, such as Kersey the gorgeous milling village a stones throw away from Laveham, as we will have more time. I blooming love England and am so glad we decided that we need to explore it more!

 

Is there anywhere that you would recommend for a day or weekend away in England? We are open to suggestions?? Please feel free to suggest anywhere in the comments x

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10 Comments

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 21, 2017 / 1:18 pm

      Oh Heather I really cant. Especially after all thats happened. It is so beautiful! xx

  1. highstreetbeauty11
    August 22, 2017 / 8:44 am

    It all looks so picturesque. Gorgeous buildings xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 22, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Its a lovely place to visit, I cant wait to go back to stay in october. I think it will be gorgeous and cosy

  2. August 22, 2017 / 6:15 pm

    Lavenham looks so quaint and picturesque, right up my street actually and who can resist tea and cake. My best friends have family in Suffolk and visit often and my sons girlfriends family have a home in Woodbridge and they’re always going for the weekend, lucky sausage, they all keep telling us we must visit because Suffolk is amazing with so much to do and see. And, hell yeah to going back for a spa weekend break!!
    Steph
    x
    http://www.pricelesslifeofmine.com

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 22, 2017 / 8:31 pm

      Oh Steph if you get the chance to visit, go! I think its one of the prettiest counties and there are so many things to see. I love quaint, it makes me imagine life in simpler times.

  3. August 25, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Oh my! This looks so beautiful! I’d love to visit here and what a great Harry Potter fact! I would recommend knaresborough and Pately bridge as places to visit x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 25, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      I loved the Harry Potter thing too! Thanks for the suggestions x. I have a list so will add these to it, thank you x

  4. September 8, 2017 / 12:14 pm

    That little cafe looks so lovely! I love quaint places like that

    • kerrylifeandloves
      September 8, 2017 / 4:06 pm

      Hi, thank you for reading xx. Me to! I often think I was born in the wrong era. I love the stories all the buildings hold. I love wandering around historic villages and towns.

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