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GREAT HALL OF S. MARY'S, COVENTRY, AND LAVENHAM'S TIMBER-FRAME GUILDHALL

GREAT HALL OF S. MARY'S, COVENTRY, AND LAVENHAM'S TIMBER-FRAME GUILDHALL

Coventry's guilds were once among the most powerful, and the Great Hall of S. Mary's (bottom), with its fine fifteenth-century glass and the magnificent historical tapestry hung below the north window, echoes the pomp and wealth of those days. The Hall of the Guild of Corpus Christi in the market place at Lavenham (top), Suffolk, is reputed the finest of the old timber-frame buildings of England. Originally it was the home of a Cloth Guild; Lavenham having been an important centre of this trade in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Other pictures from Guilds and the Guildhall in Civic Life


THE MERCHANT ADVENTURERS AT YORK, AND THE GUILDHALL AT TOTNES

TUDOR GUILDHALLS AT LYNN AND NORWICH, CENTRES OF TRADE ALONG THE FAR-FLUNG NORFOLK WATERWAYS

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