Lavenham history and afternoon tea
To visit Lavenham Guildhall is to immerse yourself in five hundred years of history. From Medieval Guilds through to Victorian upheaval and its role during World War 2, the Guildhall brings to life stories of hardship and heroics, joy and sadness, triumph and loss. The characters who influenced its history are the people who transport you back through time with the tales of their lives.
There's the story of Ann Baker who in 1873 at the age of only ten was imprisoned here. A shocking story by modern standards. Then there's Rammeses the mummified cat and also one of the oldest fire engines in existence.
The Guildhall will surprise you; it may even shock you, but we hope you'll agree it's well worth a visit.
And after all that, if you needed an extra reason to visit us in October there's a special treat to be found in the tearoom. For October only, our wonderful tearoom staff have created a special homemade afternoon tea. Treat yourself to cream, jam and scones, plus freshly made sandwiches and cake, all homemade; and all in the perfect setting for a relaxed afternoon tea.