Tour Locations | Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side
LOCATION 15 | Lavenham: A Walk on the Medieval Side
Up Shilling Street
Turn left and carry on up Shilling St.
Shilling Street has nothing to do with money but the name is a corruption from a flemish name. It was most likely the surname of a Flemish weaver. Remember the fleur de lys pargetting, someone who came here to teach the English how to best make finer cloth.
Shilling street is really a weaving trade paradise. It can be hard to spot any modern buildings here. The merchants would usually live at the front of the building and their tradesmen would work in the building behind this.
Enjoy the feast of buildings. The larger ones were built for the wealthy but we also see some of the more modest medieval cottagers for their workers. Just imagine them without their first floor.