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Lowland Village

About the film

A study of the architecture, farming, and crafts found in and around Lavenham, Suffolk.


Release year
Darrel Catling
Production company
G.B. Instructional Limited
Jack Parker
Running time (minutes)
09 mins 43 secs
G.J. Cons

Original Description

‘The description of a typical lowland village, Lavenham in Suffolk, once a centre of the wool industry. The Guildhall stands in the market place, surrounded by the fifteenth-century houses. Lavenham is both mediaeval and up to date. It lies in the heart of fertile arable lowlands, and on farming its life depends.’
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1944-45)


  • The Angel Hotel pictured in the village square is still open, and now run by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White.
  • The grand church of St Peter and St Paul seen in Lowland Village is very large, given the size of the village and, with a 43 metre-high tower, is the highest village church tower in Britain.
  • Lavenham village square has been a popular filming location for many years including Witchfinder General (1968), John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Apotheosis (1970), and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (2010) and Part 2 (2011) - though it appears Lowland Village may be among the earliest examples on the village on film.

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