“Half memoir, half travel, A Yank Back to England...is an absolutely wonderful book, not only about going home again but also about love and family and tradition and the passage of the years.”
—Michael Dirda, Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critic (Washington
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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.


Anonymous said...

OOOH!!!!!!!!!! NO WAY!!! Adding Lavenham to my two year trip to England. They allow you to sleep at The Tower of London right? :P

Anonymous said...

Wait! I meant to harass you to post more pictures. I had a point to my previous post. See.. Post more pictures!

Chiara said...

I hope it'll refill soon, but we're in the middle of a drought- part of the reason why the fires were so bad. The fires were also a state away... I think we're going to have to wait for winter to have any hope of proper rain, but even that's been low lately, so I don't know if we'll get enough. I have a feeling it's going to be low for a few years- as it'll also evaporate.

Marlene Affeld said...

Thanks for sharing your adventure - I hope to visit England soon - another interesting site to add to my plans. Wishing you well.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

Trixie--will try to put more of Frances' piccies in. Love the two-year trip, does the hubcap know? Marlene, do think about Lavenham--one of our favorite villages!

Bella said...

Those pics are amazing, please - please post more. Lavenham, England is an amazing place hope you had a great time as well did.