Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham Guildhall front in market square in the sunshine
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 

Close view of one of our spinning wheels at Lavenham Guildhall

Big spinning day at the Guildhall  

Lavenham was once famous for spinning wool, often using traditional plant dyes such as the woad plant, which you can still find growing here in the Guildhall garden today. Come see us on 18 June for a special day of demonstrations.

Upcoming events

Spinning Demonstrations

Thu 24 May 2018
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.

Corpus Christi Feast Day

Thu 31 May 2018
This year marks a special celebration to the Saint of Corpus Christi. It is to the Religious Guild of Corpus Christi that we owe the existence of this special place to, as in its heyday it was their Guild hall.

Discover Lavenham's Secrets

Sat 09 Jun 2018
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.

Lavenham Hidden Gardens

Sat 09 Jun 2018
This year we are proud to be taking part in the Lavenham Hidden Gardens. See our wonderful and tranquil Guildhall garden which is maintained by our wonderful volunteers.

Big Spinning Day

Mon 18 Jun 2018
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.

Colours to dye for

Sat 14 Jul 2018
Come along on July 14 and experience for yourself fleece dyeing and spinning first hand.
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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.

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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.