I don't know about others, but for me the travelling to and from a holiday destination forms part of the experience and unless it's a really long journey or one all on motorways I try to incorporate a little something both ways to make the most of our time away. On this occasion I chose a pitstop in the Suffolk village of Lavenham. I think you'll see why from the photos....😀
Despite Lavenham only being a village it is one that has been built on the tremendous wealth of the wool trade and the commercial success of its "Lavenham Blue" broadcloth. This shows in the size and grandeur of the parish church [it was the last so called wool church to be rebuilt before the Reformation.] and the type of buildings that survive. With cheaper imports coming in from Europe and Dutch refugee weavers in Colchester being able to undercut the village its fortunes saw a sharp downturn in the 16th century. The medieval buildings remain in their original state because people couldn't afford to alter them. For us now 500 years later that's a complete gift as we can only look on in awe at their splendour.
SS Peter and Paul [I'll write separately about this one in a later post]
The Guildhall was built by the Guild of Corpus Christi in 1529. It was one of three guilds at the time that were brought in to oversee the wool trade. It's got some fabulous carved decoration and is now in the hands of the National Trust. I was intrigued to learn that it and other buildings were filmed and then CGI'ed into the Harry Potter films as Godric's Hollow. This one was altered and appears as Harry's derelict family home. It's amazing what little nuggets one can pick up when you get chatting to the lady on the table next to you in the pub!