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Little Hall Lavenham
Little Hall Lavenham is a late 14th Century hall house on the main square, its story mirrors the history of Lavenham over the centuries. First built in the 1390s as a family house and workplace, it was enlarged, improved and modernised in the mid 1550s, and greatly extended later. By the 1700s it was giving homes to six families. It was restored in the 1920s/30s.
In the 1960s and 70s it was an outpost of Kingston (Surrey) College of Art. In 1975 Surrey County Council offered it to the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, together with two cottages. Before selling the cottages, the Trust was able to restore Little Hall.
This late C14 hall house containing the Gayer-Anderson collection of pictures and artefacts was opened to the public in 1978 and now operates as a museum.
One of the oldest buildings in the best preserved of the Suffolk wool towns, medieval sources suggest that this 14th century house was built for the Causton family of clothiers and its subsequent development has mirrored the changing fortunes of Lavenham.
Little Hall was restored by the Gayer-Anderson brothers who filled the house with art and artefacts collected during their extensive travels. Study the development of the Tudor house, explore the collection, relax in its tranquil walled garden or, with a guide, hear the story of its occupants through the centuries. Whatever your interest this much loved museum will welcome and intrigue you.
NOT TO BE MISSED!
Walk round the beautiful grounds combining a knot garden planned along Tudor lines with a traditional English walled garden.
We are delighted to welcome groups of 10 or more to Little Hall and its gardens at any time of the year at a concessionary rate (£4.00 for adults and £1 per child for school groups). We can offer you a guided tour or you may wander freely through the house.
We are happy to offer illustrated talks about the house and its history at meetings of your group.
Would you one of our speakers to talk to your group about Little Hall?
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