Tuesday, 18 May 2010

A Leisurely Luncheon in Lovely Lavenham

Yesterday I enjoyed a very long luncheon in Lavenham at the Swan Hotel Restaurant, which has two AA rosettes and serves excellent food. Delicious! The Swan is steeped in history, as is the town of Lavenham, Suffolk.  Some of you may know it from the Lovejoy television series (starring Ian McShane, Dudley Sutton, Phyllis Logan, et al.) or perhaps the film Matthew Hopkins, Witchfinder General (starring Vincent Price, Rupert Davies, Ian Ogilvy, Hilary Dwyer, and Nicky Henson). Others may know it for its quaint buildings and the magnificent Guildhall now in the care of the National Trust.  If you love medieval timber framed buildings then Lavenham is the place to visit.  Then there is the wonderful "Wool Church" of St Peter and St Paul.  Great architecture. It was originally built with funds raised by the prosperous local merchants, whose fine houses still survive today in various forms and guises.

Sadly there is no longer a railway station nearby and parked cars spoil the central square. But Lavenham continues to charm the many visitors that come again and again. I'm one of them.

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