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Just a 21-minute drive from Gladwins Farm, Lavenham is a small village located in Suffolk. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Lavenham prospered from the wool trade, with the town’s blue broadcloth being an export of note. Although times have changed, the villages incredible architecture lives on and we’d highly recommend visiting when staying with us at Gladwins Farm. Here are a few things to do while you’re there:
Lavenham Church Walk
St Peter and St Paul’s Church is a Garde I listed notable wool parish church regarded as one of the finest examples of Late Perpendicular Gothic architecture in England. The Lavenham Church Walk is a lovely trail that starts at the glorious Lavenham Chruch and takes you on a journey through the beautiful open countryside. At only 2.6 miles, the walk is highly enjoyable whilst also fairly easy as the terrain is doable.
Visit The Great House
The Great House is located in the Market Place of Lavenham. It is an unparalleled experience of exquisite French style and flair, perfectly matched to the heart of English village life offering the best in style and comfort with character and warmth. The food is absolutely delicious – we’d highly recommend the Local Suffolk Venison – and the service is even better.
Stage and screen
Lavenham has been the setting for many well-known films and television series over the years, why not wander around a see if you recognise any of the buildings? Most famous is De Vere House, located on Water Street, which featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as the house where the young wizard’s parents were killed by Lord Voldemort.
Lavenham was also the location for the final episode of the mid-19080s BBC TV drama Lovejoy. The comedy-drama mystery series based on the novels by John Grant (also known as Jonathan Gash) ran for six series between 1986 and 1994. The last ever episode which aired in December 1994 was titled ‘Last Tango in Lavenham.’