Suffolk Wool Towns
During the Mediaeval period, a cluster of towns and villages in the heart of Suffolk rose to prominence at the centre of the era's lucrative market for woven goods. Known collectively as the Suffolk Wool Towns, such was the demand for textiles produced in places such as Cavendish, Clare, Long Melford and Lavenham that Flemish workers were brought to Suffolk to share their expertise with local manufacturers. As the booming global trade brought local wealth, the architecture of the area was shaped by the industry and its prosperous merchants. Today, these same villages retain many perfectly preserved examples of Medieval buildings, with Lavenham alone boasting over 300 exquisite listed buildings including the iconic lime-washed Guildhall of Corpus Christi.
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A record number of people came to Lavenham Village Hall to celebrate the local heritage and culture of this beautiful part of Suffolk.