My last post on Lavenham - begins with the village sign - I bet you are glad that I did not post all 500 photos! Don't panic I still have many photos from the places around that we visited.
I'll finish this visit to Lavenham by visiting the Parish church. Built around 1485 it is an example of a splendid late Medieval wool church, boasting a wealth of beautiful carvings in oak and stone, two rare and historic parcloses, and fine Victorian stained glass windows. It records the wealth of the 15th century local wool cloth industry and thanksgiving for a Tudor victory at the battle of Bosworth.
John de Vere, Lord of the Manor at Lavenham, was a commander in the Duke of Richmond's winning army against Richard III at the battle of Bosworth in 1485. Richmond became King Henry VII and de Vere (13th Earl of Oxford) came back to Lavenham, deciding to build a new church helped by Thomas Spring II.
The trimmed Box hedges are quite impressive
The exterior showing much of the history in the architecture
Thomas Spring's parclosure which surrounds his tomb
We visited the church a second time on the day that the tower was open to the public.
I have never seen such a tight and narrow spiral staircase. Someone has to stand at the bottom and be in touch by 'walky-talky' with someone standing not only at the top but at every stopping off level as it is not possible for anyone to ascend the steps if someone is coming down.
I found it quite claustrophobic but here we are watching the bells being rung up the first 70 steps
The view of the village from the top of the tower another 120 steps further up
Finishing with the Swan Hotel built in the 15th century
The interior gardens
The interior was quiet when I took these photos as a wedding party was about to arrive
So goodbye to Lavenham