Lopsided at Lavenham

In front of Crooked House, Lavenham

Today Clive and I took my son on a drive through the countryside to Lavenham, an historic ‘wool town’ in Suffolk.

In addition to its history as a centre of wealthy 15th-century commerce, the village is also known for its half-timbered buildings, including the orange Crooked House pictured at the top of this post. In another Lavenham home, poet Jane Taylor wrote ‘The Star’, whose words became famous in the song ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’.

After a stop at a high street café for afternoon tea — scones with jam and cream — we walked by the Guildhall, now managed by the National Trust.

Guildhall established in 15th century, Lavenham

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul sits at the top of the town, on a hill overlooking the village. Lavenham was remarkably peaceful today, in contrast to warmer months when it’s a popular tourist destination.

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham

Then it was back to Felixstowe via Kersey, a small, scenic village with a ford across the main street. At home, we caught the end of the late afternoon sunset over the sea. Time to regroup before our next scheduled activity, introducing our visitor to good friends over dinner at a favourite local pub/restaurant.

Sunset over Felixstowe docks after a cloudless day

Cheers for now and more soon.

8 Responses

  1. It sounds like you are having a wonderful time showing GR your new home! Thanks for sharing. And Merry Christmas!

  2. What a wonderful lopsided town – it looks like something out of a Dr. Seuss book. I’m surprised by the bright colors of the houses. And with scones and jam, it sounds like the perfect afternoon.

    I’m glad to know that your son arrived. Best wishes for a very Merry Christmas!

  3. Hi Carolyn & Clive,

    I love these types of excursions! How interesting for that lop-sided house! It has stood the test of time, it seems. These types of houses can also be found in some French towns/villages. Paris has only two of these authentic wooden homes left.

    Wishing you happy holidays and my best wishes for a bright new year.
    With love.

  4. Mary H, thanks for visiting and commenting! We’re definitely having fun with our visitor.

    Mary Kay, best wishes to you as well, with your family and Christmas in Paris!

    xpat, cheers to you and your hubby and wishing you all a wonderful holiday also in Paris – wonderful!

  5. Lovely photos. Looks very much like Normandy! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.

  6. Thank you, Fraussie! We hope to visit Normandy one of these days.

    Cheers to you and yours for a wonderful 2012.

  7. Loved seeing those photos. It’s a long time since I’ve been to Lavenham. I’m a Suffolk girl living in France after 15 years in Ireland. But I now have a Suffolk ewe named after the place. The other ewe is Debenham, and the ram is Tuddenham. Have you been to those two Suffolk villages?

  8. Steph, thanks so much for your comment and just LOVE that your French ewes and ram are named after these great Suffolk villages! Brilliant.

    We’ve been to Debenham but I don’t think I’ve seen Tuddenham yet — will have to go and then do a blog post in honor of your ram 🙂 At Debenham, we enjoyed the Tony Carter teapot pottery — I posted some photos of his work in ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’ https://mysydneyparislife.wordpress.com/2009/02/24/a-nice-cup-of-tea/

    Cheers and maybe our paths will cross one day in France or Suffolk!

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