Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham Guildhall front in market square in the sunshine

One of the most spectacular timber framed buildings of medieval England at the heart of village life

Lavenham Station on last day of service 10th April 1961

History and nature on the same track 

Amazingly there were trains running between Melford and Lavenham and beyond for more than one hundred years until its closure in the 1960s. The arrival of the railway brought great change to both communities, and was vital during the war years. Discover the rich legacy of steam and learn about the flora and fauna that have taken over the tracks. Click through to read more.

Lavenham Guildhall

What's on 

Image showing the display of the Taylor family clothing in the Community Room at Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham's own little star 

One of Lavenham’s more celebrated transient residents was Jane Taylor. Who was Jane Taylor you might ask? Well you probably won’t know her name, but you’ll most certainly have heard of the famous poem and nursery rhyme she wrote: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Come and see her life celebrated in a new exhibition at the Guildhall.

Selection of dyed wool at Lavenham Guildhall from plants

Lavenham brings colour to life 

Colour is all around us and something we take for granted. But have you ever wondered where and how a particular colour originated, and how our ancestors experimented with natural plant dyes to create some of the fabulous dyes and hues we know to have existed in medieval times? Well we’re bringing those ancient skills back to the Guildhall for a weekend of natural hand dyeing in July. Witness this medieval craft for yourself and see how we turn plants into colour.

Upcoming events

Spinning Demonstrations

Thu 26 Jul 2018
11:00-17:00
Visit Lavenham Guildhall on one of our spinning days and see our wonderful volunteers in action; demonstrating the traditional art of spinning wool into the yarn we see and recognise today.

Discover Lavenham's Secrets

Sat 11 Aug 2018
10:30-13:00
Join us for a short talk about the Guildhall over coffee and biscuits before enjoying a guided walk around historic Lavenham uncover secrets and hidden tales. Lovely light lunch included.

Big Spinning Day

Mon 20 Aug 2018
11:00-17:00
Lavenham was once famous for spinning wool, seeing Lavenham boom in the late 15th Century through wealth from the wool trade. Join us on the 18th June for a special day of demonstrations.

Halloween Walk

Fri 26 Oct 2018
16:30-18:30
Come and join us this Halloween for a special ghoulish family walk around Lavenham.

Lavenham by Lantern Light

Sat 03 Nov 2018
18:30-20:00
See the medieval village of Lavenham in a whole new light on our Lantern Walk. The beautiful timber-framed buildings will come alive as you listen to the history of this hidden gem.
Lavenham Guildhall

History

Lavenham Guildhall

Our work

Lavenham Guildhall front in market square in the sunshine

Conservation on a grand scale 

As part of our work at the Guildhall, we inspect the outside of the building as well as the collection inside. Everything is regularly looked at, inside and out by our building surveyors and conservators. We check for insect and pest damage, wood, brick and plaster deterioration and of course wear and tear in the exhibits themselves.

Lavenham Guildhall

Eating and shopping

Tearoom at Lavenham Guildhall Suffolk

Eat in or take something away 

Treat yourself to a cuppa and a freshly baked cake in our Tudor tea-room or take home a souvenir from our shop which has a fine selection of gifts and cards. Or how about a locally grown plant?

Lavenham Guildhall

Get involved

Volunteer Room Guides at the Guildhall Lavenham

Join our team 

Volunteers from all sorts of backgrounds help us look after our special places. Whatever you'd like to achieve whether it is a one-off or a longer term commitment for yourself, or with friends and family, we'd love you to be part of it.