The historic village of Lavenham was only a mile or so down a country lane from our house, and this is the view across a field of rapeseed towards the Lavenham church of St. Peter and St. Paul: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Rapeseed ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Lavenham
I’ve cropped the previous photo to focus on Lavenham’s church of St. Peter and St. Paul – at one point in Medieval history Lavenham was one of the wealthiest villages in England.
I love Old World architecture, and this is a cropped photo of a portion of the historic Guildhall in Lavenham, which boasts some of the best preserved half-timbered buildings in England: @LavenhamNT http://www.nationaltrust .org.uk/lavenham/
The Guildhall in Lavenham dates from the 16th Century and is one of many half-timbered buildings in Lavenham – a virtual ‘open air museum’ of medieval buildings still in use today.
This is the Swan Hotel in Lavenham, a historic hotel with ties to the Eighth Air Force crews stationed at RAF Lavenham during WWII: http://www. theswanatlavenham.co.uk/ ~ http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/487th_Air_ Expeditionary_Wing
Here’s a cropped picture showing The Swan Hotel’s sign amid the cookie cutter features and unique architectural details of half-timbered, medieval buildings – the hotel’s bar was a popular place for Eighth Air Force aircrews stationed at RAF Lavenham to unwind during WWII: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/RAF_Lavenham
This is a cropped view of the previous photos of The Swan Hotel, showing a few of the architectural details that go into constructing a half-timbered building – which later evolved into today’s modern timber frame style of home building.
Another view of medieval half-timbered construction techniques of joining wooden beams and timbers, mostly with pegs and notches like an interconnecting jigsaw puzzle without nails, which allows the structure to move and settle organically as it ages through the centuries.
I like cropping these pictures to only display a single, focused aspect of these medieval buildings, and imagine what it was like to live in and around this same doorway throughout the centuries!
One of the quaint features of medieval half-timbered buildings, is there are no square corners or parallel lines within them, and as they age over the centuries they take on a character and personality all their own – much the same as we do!
This cropped image was taken in April 1998, but for all intents and purposes it could be a picture from 1938 or earlier – which was the beauty of living in Suffolk, where time often stood still!
This is a cropped photo of The Crooked House Gallery in Lavenham, another fine example of a half-timbered building that twisted and leaned as it aged through the years: http://www.iknow-eastanglia .co.uk/attractions/100590- the_crooked_house_ gallery_-_lavenham.htm