Tour Locations | Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side
LOCATION 18 | Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side
Stop at the corner so that the current primary school building is on your left.
The fine timbered building on the opposite side of the road to the left, is considered to be one of the best preserved of all buildings in Lavenham. It was built sometime around 1530 but had become derelict by 1961. It was recognised by Eric Winters, a sculptor, as one of the great timbered houses of Lavenham.
Note the wide door with an inset smaller door.
Some thought that these wide doorways were made so that coffins could leave the house. Probably not true, but more likely to be related to the width of rolls of woollen cloth and the width of a hand cart or pack horse. There is another similar doorway on the opposite side of the house, so you can quickly pass right through the building.
When you're ready, turn right and head towards the market Square.