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The Guildhall, Lavenham

Description: The Guildhall

Grade: I
Date Listed: 23 January 1958
English Heritage Building ID: 276767

OS Grid Reference: TL9160249285
OS Grid Coordinates: 591602, 249285
Latitude/Longitude: 52.1087, 0.7965

Location: Lady Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9QZ

Locality: Lavenham
Local Authority: Babergh District Council
County: Suffolk
Country: England
Postcode: CO10 9QZ

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Listing Text

(south-east side)
The Guildhall
TL 9149 50/617 23.1.58
A superb early C16 timber-framed building with plaster infill (circa
1529). It was the hall of the Guild of Corpus Christi, founded in 1529,
and one of the 4 mediaeval guilds of Lavenham. It is one of the finest
examples of half timbering in this part of the country. In the C18
and C19 it was used as the Bridewell and workhouse and was restored
by Sir Cuthbert Quilter (circa 1911). It is now owned by the National
Trust. All the timber-framing is very heavy and closely spaced. Roofs
tiled. At the south-west end there is a cross wing with a jettied gable
on a moulded and carved bressumer and a return front on Lady Street.
Two storeys. A fine two storeyed gabled porch projects on the north-west
front, with heavy carved corner posts and doorcase. The upper storey
is jettied on both fronts on a richly carved bressumer which extends
across the whole building. At the north-west corner there is a heavy
corner post carved with a figure with a lance. The windows have all
been restored to their original pattern, mostly 5 or 6 light shallow
oriel windows with moulded sills, the upper windows are mullioned and
the ground storey windows are mullioned and transomed, all with lattice
leaded lights. The interior has heavy moulded and carved timber and
much fine detail. There is a large chimney stack on the cross wing
with sawtooth shafting.
(Scheduled Ancient Monument).

Listing NGR: TL9160249285

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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