• LOCATION 14 | Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side

    Barn Street

    The street just ahead on your left is Barn Street. Find a good spot to stop, so that you can look have a look up it.

    The pavements here are narrow and drivers are usually highly stressed in Water Street, so take care.

    The building on the corner on the left was one of the horse hair weaving factories in the town in the 1800s. Interestingly it briefly became a cinema in the 1920s.

    Looking up Barn Street the first building you can see on the right is another Victorian horse hair factory building. But just after that, on the right hand side, is a timbered building.

    The timbered building was used as a Grammar School from 1647 until 1887. John Constable, the famous artist, had attended the school, but his parents took him away because of the severe beatings metered out by the school.

    Feel free to make a detour for a closer look at the decorated timbers of the old Grammar School, or just carry on down Water Street in the same direction you've been going, enjoying the fine collection of timbered buildings. I will meet you at the junction with Shilling Street.

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Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side