A late 14th Century Hall House on the main square, it mirrors the
history of Lavenham over the centuries. First built in the 1390s as a
family house and workplace, it was enlarged, improved and modernised in
the mid 1550s, and greatly extended later. By the 1700s it was giving
homes to six families. It was restored in the 1920s/30s.
In the 1960s and
70s it was an outpost of Kingston (Surrey) College of Art. In 1975 Surrey
County Council offered it to the
Preservation Trust, together with two cottages. Before selling the
cottages, the Trust was able to restore Little Hall.
late C14 hall house containing the Gayer-Anderson collection of pictures
and artefacts was opened to the public in 1978 and now operates as a