The history of the Wool Towns owes much to the woolen cloth industry for which our villages and towns were renowned 600 years ago. Since then however, the area is famed for the work of many local artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, Alfred Munnings and John Constable, all of whom worked and painted here.
Visitors to the Wool Towns interested in our art heritage also find a plethora of museums and galleries which add greatly to a rich cultural experience. This “culture trail” is one reason why the area is also rich in antique centers and emporiums.
Within a 15th century, Grade II wool merchant’s residence is the Angel Gallery, in the historic Market Place overlooking the Lavenham Guildhall. Beneath its splendid beams and historic arches, the gallery houses exhibitions by local and national artists. Permanent collections include the work of Leslie Gibson A.R.C.A., costume drawings from the 1930’s by Mary Wild A.R.C.A. and sculptures by Sue Riley and Felicity Auden. Pottery by John Leach.