Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side

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    17 Jan 2019
    Clock 40min      Length1mi
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    Tourdescription About the audio tour

    This is THE walk for those people who have always wanted to walk along enough medieval streets to make up a whole medieval village. Maybe your interest in old timbered buildings was awakened by Tolkien or Harry Potter? Every street leads to the Market Square and every street has timbered houses along the route. It is one of those places that you visit once and then fall in love with. Even on the bleakest of days there are people looking around the streets. Having been brought up in the area I have collected various stories about these buildings. Here I share such stories in an audio tour. This is a tour where the Tudor wool traders start to be more than words in a book. The Dukes of Oxford (the De Vere family) and the wealthiest commoners in England rubbed shoulders in these street 900 years ago. We seek out the clues that they left behind over the centuries to get a glimpse into their lives.

    Majorlandmarks Major Landmarks

    St Peter and St Paul's Church, Guildhall, Little Hall

    Startingpoint Directions to starting point

    If you are coming by car travel along the BIII5 between Sudbury and Bury St Edmunds. I assume that you will park in the main car park next to the Cock Horse Inn and opposite to the Church. Use the postcode CO10 9QT on your Sat Nav. The bus route from Sudbury or Bury St Edmunds is the 753 and get off at the stop by the Church.
    Make your way so that you are on to the opposite side of the road in front of the Cock Horse' and look for the wooden village sign.

    Tips Tips

    Places to stop along the way:

    I introduce you to the main places of interest along the route but there are so many more stops to get a selfie. So just feel free to make a stop for a homemade ice cream and/or afternoon tea, as you want. I will always be ready to carry on the tour.

    Best time to walk:

    This really is an any time and any weather walk, just so long as you are dressed for the weather. The route sticks to paths and should be accessible for walking. Most of the year all small or medium 'chairs, buggies etc.are OK but in prolonged wet spells the path behind the Church is not advised. Use the map on the Voicemao screen to pick up the route in Hall Rd.The best time to come is when all the tourists have gone home, then you get it all to your self.

    Precautions:

    The streets can be narrow, so do be careful with traffic.

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