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Lavenham Celebrates Worldwide Spin in Public Day

Visitors to Lavenham in September can see how the famous Lavenham blue cloth is made as spinning takes over the village.

To celebrate Worldwide Spin in Public Day, The Lavenham Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers will be demonstrating their skills at locations throughout the village on Saturday 15 September.

They will be demonstrating in the The Guildhall, on Market Square, inside the Angel Gallery, Elizabeth Gash, the Angel Hotel and at The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa and The Tourist Information centre on Lady Street.

Spinning takes place between 11am and 4pm, so come along and see fibres spun into yarn.

The famous Lavenham Blue pictured at The Guildhall


Lavenham is widely acknowledged as the best example of a medieval wool town in England and was built on the riches of the medieval cloth and wool trade.

The stunning timber-framed Guildhall housed the Wool Guild of Corpus Christi which was established in 1529 and the village was most famous for its blue broadcloth exports during the reign of King Edward III. The famous Lavenham blue cloth was an expensive and sought-after material, highly prized and exported to the farthest corners of the world.

Great wealth was generated by the wool trade, and in 1524 Lavenham was the 14th richest town in the country, paying more tax than big cities such as York and Lincoln.

Why not spend the day in Lavenham? With its Tudor houses, crooked, half-timbered cottages and 15th Century Wool church, it’s easy to understand why the streets in this beautiful village have been used as background for TV and films including Lovejoy and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

Explore history at the stunning timber-framed Lavenham Guildhall, view one of England’s most beautiful and stately churches at St Peter and St Paul Church, and take in the wonderful 14th Century Little Hall, which is home to the Gayer-Anderson collection of fascinating pictures and artefacts.

The Guildhall in Lavenham


Discover Lavenham’s tearooms and cafes, galleries, museums, and boutiques and be spoilt for choice with its unique restaurants.

The village also celebrates its strong American links. Lavenham airbase was famous for being the home of the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th US Army Air Force, ‘The Mighty Eighth’. 

The 487th flew 185 missions and more than 6,000 sorties whilst stationed at Lavenham during the Second World War. Today, the Airmen’s Bar at The Swan Lavenham has lovingly preserved the airmen’s signatures on its wall and memorabilia.

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