The Guildhall

The hall

The main hall inside the Guildhall is a greatly valued by the community © Jane Gosling

The main hall inside the Guildhall is a greatly valued by the community

The main hall shows the beauty and craftsmanship that was used in this fine timber-framed building and serves just an important role in the local community as it did in Medieval times.

Exhibition rooms

A Giant loom at Lavenham Guildhall, suffollk © John Millar

A Giant loom at Lavenham Guildhall, suffollk

The first floor of the Guildhall is undergoing changes; currently housing temporary exhibitions and displays. See some of  the stories we have discovered as part of our research about people who have either lived or been connected with the Guildhall. Some people  have even been imprisoned here as over the years the property has had many uses including a bridewell! One twelve year old girl was transported to Australia from her time here at the bridewell.  What will you discover on your visit?

Courtyard garden

Plant beds in the Courtyard garden at the Guildhall © Jane Gosling

Plant beds in the Courtyard garden at the Guildhall

Visit our courtyard garden  and  see the beds planted with dye plants including woad, which has been used to make Lavenham's famous blue cloth since Medieval times. There is also our very own bug hotel known as Bug-ingham Palace; see if you can see the different bugs who have made their home here?

Gift shop

Some of the many books available to puchase in our gift shop © Jane Gosling

Some of the many books available to puchase in our gift shop

Discover many gems in our gift shop including lovely books for all ages, gifts,  home wares and local food produce.  There are many Guildhall souvenirs to find. What will you want to take home?

Tudor Tea-room

Enjoy a lovely cup of tea and cake in our tea-room © Jane Gosling

Enjoy a lovely cup of tea and cake in our tea-room

Try some of our home made delicious cakes, snacks and light lunches in the lovely Tudor beamed tea-room. There is plenty of seasonal offers on a daily basis, ask our Tea-room staff when you visit for the offers of the day.

Local produce

Lots of tasty local produce in our gift shop

We support many local suppliers providing us a wonderful array of produce including;

  • Cakes
  • Biscuits
  • Jams & preserves - these and more are available in our gift shop.

 Please email us for more information.

The Guildhall of Corpus Christi

The Lavenham Guildhall also known as the Guildhall of Corpus Christi

The Lavenham Guildhall also known as the Guildhall of Corpus Christi

Despite the importance of the cloth industry in the village, Lavenham's five recorded gilds (note the original spelling of the word 'guild') were not concerned with the organisation of trade. Craft gilds did exist in medieval England, but they were largely confined to larger towns and cities.

The great majority, including Lavenham's Guildhall, were actually social and religious bodies and were focused on their members' souls, rather than their livelihoods.

Guildhall front porch

Lavenham Guildhall of Corpus Christi a magnificent timber framed building

The porch, being the original main entrance, is a tour de force, one of the finest timber structures to survive the period.

Conservation

We are dedicated to the conservation of our timber framed properties and have undertaken extensive conservation of the Guildhall.

Intricate carvings

The Guildhall has an abundance of intricate ornate carvings. They show off the skills of the medieval carpenter who created them. Come and see the detail of these wonderful carvings  when you visit.

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