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Lavenham’s Century of the Railway Exhibition - until February 28 2020

Lavenham’s Century of the Railway Exhibition - until February 28 2020
Start Date: 22 March 2019
Start Time: Various
End Date: 29 February 2020

Lavenham Guildhall

Celebrating the era of steam railways on the branch line that ran through Lavenham and connected with Haverhill, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, Lavenham’s Century of the Railway Exhibition will run from March 2019 to February 2020.

The railway line, like so many others was victim of Dr Beeching’s ‘axe’ in the 1960s and the last passenger train ran in 1961, although freight continued along the line until 1965. Thereafter the tracks were pulled up and much of the superstructure fell into disrepair and decayed, although the bridges and some evidence of trackside buildings still remain. 

At the exhibition you'll discover the background and history of the railway as it influenced the local community, see replica and original artefacts and railway memorabilia including tickets, signalling notices, posters, maps, timetables and a mock-up of a station trolley complete with suitcases and parcels!

There are also some wonderful old photographs of Lavenham station in the early 20th century and a display on the flora and fauna that have reclaimed the line since it was closed in the 1960s.


Today some local parts of the line have been turned into peaceful walking trails and flora and fauna have returned to these now tranquil green tracks running through cuttings and along embankments where 60 years ago steam ruled.

Why not visit the exhibition and then walk some of the line? The Lavenham to Long Melford railway walk is a self-guided walk through woods and open fields - largely following the route of the old GER Lavenham to Long Melford railway line. 

The Lavenham woodland walk is an easy walk around the Lavenham Woodland community project, part of the old Lavenham to Long Melford Great Eastern Railway line, and the opportunity to visit the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. 

There is also an organised and guided series of bookable railway walks from Melford Hall, Lavenham Guildhall's sister property

Entry to Lavenham Guildhall, including the exhibition, is £8 adults, £4 children, and £20 for families. Free for National Trust members, Click here for opening times.

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