Lavenham

Lavenham, for those of you who do not know, is a small town in Suffolk which was formerly associated with the wool trade in Medieval times.  It has managed to preserve its fine stock of timber framed buildings intact, and as such is now a major tourist destination – at this time of year the narrow streets are crawling with visitors on a sunny day.   Despite is rather ‘chocolate box’ image, Lavenham is a rather interesting place.  Most people I know, including myself, spent many mornings sitting in the main square on school art trips, making shoddy water colour paintings of the Angel Hotel.  A couple of weeks ago I wandered around Lavenham and took these pictures.  It was early evening on a day that had seen sunshine and rain, hence a rather interesting sky.

Above: The Guildhall, the central building in the town square.

Above: The Little Hall, now a museum.  These buildings are not painted – they are washed in a substance known as Lime Wash which contains the coloured pigments you can see.  They didn’t have paint in Medieval times…..

Above: Some less spectacular, but still lovely, buildings in the square.

Above: Another image of the Little Hall building.

Above: A moody view of the Guildhall.  The sky is interesting in this shot, as is the early evening light reflecting in the windows.

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2 responses

  1. What a fascinating place, I’ve not been there in spite of living in the East of England for a while now. With the last photo, you’re right the sky is interesting and lately the skies in general have been wonderful to look at.

    Hey, I take it you cycled there on a Thorn (?).

    August 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm

  2. paulmor

    Doug – sadly not on this occasion as my camera kit is a little bulky to fit in the handlebar bag! However Lavenham is on the southern tip of one of my regular routes, which I take when the south west wind is blowing because although I suffer for the first 15 miles or so riding into the headwind, I get the wind behind me all the way home.

    August 27, 2011 at 8:52 am

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