Tour Locations | Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side
LOCATION 23 | Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side
Let's stop here for a moment.
Have a look across the street at the red brick house with white columns either side of the door and a triangular portico above.
This is “Salisbury house” and it's quite an unusual house in Lavenham.
This is a timbered house just the same as all the rest but it has been "modernised" by owners living in it in the 1700s. If you had money in the late 1700s then you put a brick front on your timbered house and added sash windows with glass in them.
The distinctive window frame with a semi circle on top, above the door is called a venetian window. It was a favourite among the designers of houses for the wealthy at this time. So it appears to be a house made of brick, but the main skeleton is timbered.
Luckily for us the wealthy merchants had left Lavenham before this time and we are left with more of the unmodernised timbered buildings from the medieval period in the rest of Lavenham.
When you're ready, carry on up the Hill leading to the Church.
It is not hard to see why they called this Church Street, because the Church comes to dominate your horizon ahead.