A Trip Down Memory Lane ... What were the Florists and Green Grocers, are now of course Hadley's Ice Cream Parlour and Pickles and Lillies. Both well worth a visit!
Lavenham and Our Shops
Our Lavenham Shops
Retail Therapy has a delightful ladies fashion shop in the idyllic medieval Suffolk village of Lavenham. As you walk down the High Street passing the eccentric charm of crooked and beamed houses, you can’t miss our shop.
Our mission is to offer great items at good prices with unbeatable customer service – nothing is too much trouble for us to ensure your complete shopping experience.
Whether you’re looking for an outfit for a special occasion, something different and quirky to spice up your wardrobe or just fancy treating yourself to a new scarf, handbag or a unique ornament or print for your home, you’re sure to find something to tempt, and suit, you at Retail Therapy.
Discover Lavenham Today - a visit to Lavenham is a 'must do', with over 300 listed buildings, this gem of a village is one of the 'finest medieval villages in England’. Full of half-timbered houses, some of them leaning at alarming angles, this Suffolk village is definitely one to spend some time in, or better still, base yourself here for a few days while you explore the area.
Enjoy the morning sight-seeing our fantastic medieval streets and buildings, taking time to stop for morning coffee at one of the quaint tea rooms. After some shopping in our unique array of independent shops and galleries, enjoy a fabulous lunch at one of the many pubs and restaurants in the village. Later, after some Retail Therapy why not relax with an indulgent cream tea .... take a look at just a few of the places well worth exploring ...
Lavenham in years gone by ......
We invite you to step back in time by taking a look at some fascinating old images of Lavenham from years gone by. Despite changes, Lavenham still retains its unique appeal; encompassing the very best of the old and new, fully justifying its claim to be one of the finest examples of a medieval village in England.
Most people are drawn to this attractive Suffolk destination by the profusion of half-timbered medieval cottages, Lavenham has been called "the most complete medieval town in Britain", a tribute to its fine collection of medieval and Tudor architecture. Mansions of wealthy merchants mingle with simple cottages, some of which mix crooked timber beams with sprightly pink-painted infill!
The older buildings are centred around the market place, with its 16th century Guildhall and still earlier Market Cross. The Market Cross was the scene of bear-baiting contests during the late medieval and Tudor periods. The Guildhall is now owned by the National Trust, and houses a permanent local history exhibition.
Despite its bustling past, Lavenham has remained small, with few of the distractions of modern growth, offering visitors and residents a much sought after, but seldon found, sense of peace and tranquiity.
Swan Hotel pre 1914
Post Office, Pastors House
Old Blacksmiths Water St
now ... The Great House
Lavenham High Street
High Street Cars & Shoppers
Top of the High Street
Corner of Lady Street
Market Cross in the Square
We are sure that if you haven't visited Lavenham before you will do so very soon and for those who have already discoverd our hidden gem of a village, we invite you back again. You'll always find something new to wonder at, whether it be the amazing architecture, a new tea room or some exciting unique item in one of the village's many independent shops.
We all look forward to welcoming visitors both old and new to our wonderful village - see you soon!