|Former names||The Hall of the Guild of Corpus Christi|
|Town or city||Lavenham|
|Client||The Guild of Corpus Christi|
|Owner||National Trust for England|
|Structural system||Jettied timber framing|
By the late 15th century, Lavenham was at the centre of the East Anglian wool trade and had become one of the richest towns in England. To reflect this prosperity, four guilds were established in the town by the local merchant families. The most important of these was the wool guild, which founded the Guildhall of Corpus Christi in 1529. Given the dominance of the cloth and wool trade, the guildhall soon came to function as Lavenham's principal meeting place and centre of business, situated on the town's thriving market place.
With the decline of the wool trade and Lavenham's prosperity, the guildhall's role changed. By 1689, and until 1787, the guildhall was in use as the Bridewell, and was then used as the workhouse.
- Lavenham Guildhall - National Trust