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The Guildhall

A Grade I Listed Building in Lavenham, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.1087 / 52°6'31"N

Longitude: 0.7965 / 0°47'47"E

OS Eastings: 591597

OS Northings: 249287

OS Grid: TL915492

Mapcode National: GBR RHZ.Q6H

Mapcode Global: VHKDY.R8F9

Entry Name: The Guildhall

Listing Date: 23 January 1958

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1037186

English Heritage Legacy ID: 276767

Location: Lavenham, Babergh, Suffolk, CO10

County: Suffolk

District: Babergh

Civil Parish: Lavenham

Built-Up Area: Lavenham

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Lavenham St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: St.Edmundsbury and Ipswich

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Listing Text

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 27/03/2013

TL 9149 50/617

MARKET PLACE (south-east side)
The Guildhall


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 medieval 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.

Listing NGR: TL9159749287

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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