St Peter and St Paul Wool Church of Lavenham 

The stunning cathedral like proportions of this beautiful Perpendicular church resulted from a 40 year rebuild project started in the 1480's and funded by two of Lavenham's wealthiest cloth families that of the Springs and De Veres.  As one of the most prosperous wool-cloth manufacturing towns in Suffolk during the 15th Century, in fact it was one of the twenty richest towns in all of England in its day, the church of St Peter and St Paul is a fitting monument to the immense wealth of that era and has helped put Lavenham on the map as one of the prettiest villages in Suffolk.    

Notable External Feature

The imposing flint and stone tower of St Peter and St Paul church, believed to be the work of master mason John Clerk, is visible for miles and much debate exists locally as to whether this or its neighbouring rival of Holy Trinity in Long Melford, is the crowning glory of Suffolk's wool churches. Personally my favourite is the latter but local opinion remains firmly divided.  Much of the work on the nave, aisles and clerestories is attributed toe his successor John Wastell responsible for St Mary both in Cambridge and Saffron Walden.   

Internal Gems Awaiting Your Discovery ...   

The west window (below the tower) was restored after sustaining damage from a bomb blast during the Second World War and is perhaps the nicest lass within the church.  whilst few Medieval artefacts remain, one such is the early 16th century par closed heavily carved chantry chapels which have been suggested not to be dissimilar in style to the screen of Henry VII's chapel in Westminster Abbey.  


                             Location:  St Peter and St Paul church, Lavenham 

                                   The Rectory
                                   Church Street
                                   CO10 9SA              Telephone: 01787 247244 



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