ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Visiting Lavenham village, Suffolk, England, and its cathedral-sized parish church: Perpendicular splendour

Updated on November 14, 2012
Flag of England
Flag of England | Source
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Lavenham | Source
Lavenham Church of St. Peter and St. Paul.
Lavenham Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. | Source
Map location of Suffolk, England
Map location of Suffolk, England | Source

43 metres of stone tower

This parish church is among the most impressive in England, in my humble view. Lavenham is a village in Suffolk, but in the late Middle Ages and 16th century it was a prosperous place because of the then-vibrant wool industry.

This prosperity is seen in the fact that there were clearly the means available for the village to acquired a magnificent, cathedral-sized parish church building. East Anglia is known for its many, stone churches and Lavenham's is on a scale which excels many of the already large, parish churches of the region.

Its style is Perpendicular, which is said to have reached its apogee in the early 16th century: Lavenham's parish church would classify as a particularly fine example. Internal features of the building include noted, carved screens.

Its architect is thought to have been John Wastell (1).

Another individual whose association with the parish church is more definite is William Gurnall (1617-1679), who served as minister from 1644. He was active in both the Commonwealth and Restoration periods, when many parish churches saw considerable upheavals. He is best remembered at the author of the widely read Christian in Complete Armour, issued in stages, mainly during his lifetime and thought to be written versions of his sermons based on Ephesians 6 (2).

You can't miss the church of St Peter and St Paul, with its 43 metre tower, in Lavenham, situated in Suffolk's Babergh district, England.

November 8, 2012


(1) At least, the Church of Great St Mary in Cambridge ('the University Church'), for which John Wastell was responsible, quite closely resembles Lavenham's parish church.

(2) This book was re-published many times, including in the late 20th century by Banner of Truth Trust in contemporary English. The work was highly regarded by such prominent Christian writers as John Newton, author of 'Amazing Grace', and C H Spurgeon.

Also worth seeing

Lavenham itself contains a number of well-preserved, timbered buildings, including the 16th century Guildhall, now a museum.

Cambridge (distance: 64 kilometres); among the huge number of visitor attractions are included the chapel of King's College, Senate House, St John's College's Bridge of Sighs over the Cam River, and many others.


How to get there

United Airlines flies from New York Newark Airport to London Heathrow Airport (distance to Lavenham: 163 kilometres), where car rental is available. Some facilities may be withdrawn, without notice. For up to date information, please check with the airline or your travel agent for up to date information.

MJFenn is an independent travel writer based in Ontario, Canada

For your visit, these items may be of interest


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)