Friday, February 13, 2009
Seeing pink in Lavenham
We went to Lavenham in pursuit of history and a betting shop. When we arrived we found a well-preserved town with streets of half-timbered houses dating from the early part of the sixteenth century. Frances loved it from the moment she saw it. There was no beach in sight but, I had to admit, good views could be enjoyed from any direction. We parked along the high street, then gently made our way around to the market square. Interestingly, not all of Lavenham’s Tudor half-frame buildings were starkly colored in black and white. We discovered a cream-and-apricot colored guild hall, musty ochre-colored houses, and bay-windowed shops awash in muted Suffolk pink. All were dramatically framed by black oak timbers interspersed with high-gabled windows, sloped and gracefully curved with age.