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“Wonderful building.”
Review of Lavenham Guildhall

Lavenham Guildhall
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Lavenham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

A good use of our NT membership.Lavenam itself is a beautiful town and the Guildhall is a fascinating building.
Lovely little garden at the back.
Diasppointing cafe...not a great choice and over priced.

Thank Gaynor E
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This grand building dominates the surrounding square (the beautiful square was used, incidentally, as a film location for Witchfinder General with Vincent Price, 1968).

A very well informed volunteer brought the history to life for us, of not just The Guildhall, but Lavenham - its rise and decline as a "wool town".

On the upper floor you will read touching stories of those who lived in the building (as a workhouse and prison).

Outside in the small grounds there is the mortuary and outside "cell". There is also a pretty garden with seating which must be pleasant in the Summer months.

The cafe is well worth a visit - relaxing, with lovely staff, and AMAZING cheese scones!

Thank Solange888
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

Yes, we were making use of the National Trust membership again...

This building has the wow factor from the moment you first arrive. It dominates Lavenham’s central square and is a beautiful example of Tudor architecture.

Lavenham was a prosperous wool town when the guildhall was built, but with economic changes taking their toll throughout the 16th century it went from being one of the richest towns in the country to one of the poorest. Incidentally this is why there are so many examples of beautiful architecture around the village - because its inhabitants couldn’t afford to rebuild in new styles and had to make do and mend. We found all this out from a very helpful volunteer at the guildhall who took us on a brief canter through history.

But hard times hit and the guildhall was used as a workhouse and a prison, all the while falling into greater disrepair. It was only in the 19th century that the town had a revival as new money started to flood in and local philanthropists took it upon themselves to care for the building.

The guildhall isn’t very big and a visit doesn’t take up a whole day but it is interesting so if you’re in the region you should drop by. The on site cafe is nice too.



Thank Fiona L
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

A lot of time and money has been spent since our last visit 4/5 years ago to make this a more interesting visit. Stories of people who have lived in Lavenham and its use as a workhouse. Interesting information readily given by volunteers.

1  Thank Anne M
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

45 minutes to one hour will be sufficient to enjoy this NT property which is well with a visit. A long and varied history well told with excellent guides. Tearoom and gift shop.

1  Thank Paul R
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