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.
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?
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?
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?
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.
We support many local suppliers providing us a wonderful array of produce including;
- Jams & preserves - these and more are available in our gift shop.
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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.