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lafa (personal-name) + hām Old English homestead. Population - 1,413.

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Sep 2015

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All whitewashed and wonky is the wood in Lavenham. Not quite your typical Tudor but most of it dates back to just after the medieval making it a popular place with the day-trippers.

There's a long association with the wool trade and there's a chance of getting fleeced on the high street but that's custom alpaca knitting for you.

Yes, it's very much that kind of place.

They're chasing a Michelin™ Star at the Swan Hotel & Spa. Somewhat less refined is the  Memsaab Tandoori and the hardest working waiter ever. This really was rather good even if the unlikely setting has you half expecting a highwayman every time the door goes.

Bombay Duck Turpin?

  Swan Hotel & Spa (High Street)

Lavenham's luxurious offering and the restaurant's head chef Justin Kett is a former MasterChef contestant, no less.

They filmed some Harry Potter here, in and around the marketplace. The Deathly Hallows is a bit unfair, the atmosphere in the bar of the  Angel Hotel was actually quite lively and it's just as wonky on the inside.

They also filmed the last ever episode of  Lovejoy here, honestly.

'Last Tango in Lavenham' had the antique-loving rogue rummaging in a Welsh Dresser for some treasure while Tinker kept lookout at the Guildhall door, probably.

You won't find it anywhere on catch-up so not necessarily a spoiler. Saying that,  UKTV DRAMA now seem to be showing it.

Now, a National Trust™ grudge isn't exactly being harboured since Dunwich Heath but they now run the Old Guildhall and if the history of the village is your thing, this time, the parking's free.

The church of St Peter and St Paul claims the tallest village church tower in Britain. It was dark on arrival and drizzling on departure so that can't be confirmed, it wasn't even seen!

Unlike Lovejoy on a Sunday night. Little did you know at the time that you'd be walking in  sweary McShane's shoes, eh?

  The Lavenham Greyhound (High Street)

Nice place for a nightcap and their daytime menu looks decent.