• LOCATION 21 | Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side

    Blackbirds

    Stop here for a moment in Market Lane.

    Be careful though, because it is a narrow street still used by cars.

    Have a look at the building on your right. It's called Three Blackbirds.

    Today it is part of the holiday Trade in Lavenham, but it started life as a hall house in the medieval period and is therefore like to have been owned by a wealthy merchant. In the 1800s it became a public house called the Blackbirds.

    To the left of Three Blackbirds, is a pink timbered building leaning at an alarming angle into the lane.

    Make your way over to it and stop to have a look.

    See if you can find what is vertical. You can create some great photos where people can look like they are holding it all up. It just shows what happens when you build with unseasoned timber. As the timber dries out, it twists and warps and then these timbers are locked together. There are quite a number of such buildings tucked away in Lavenham, this lead to some people calling it “Wonky Town.”

    When you're ready to move on, continue to the end of Market lane, then turn left and keep going down the hill.

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Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side