Lavenham seeks World Heritage status

According to Wikipedia, Lavenham, England "is a village and civil parish in Suffolk, England noted for its 15th-century church, half-timbered medieval cottages and circular walk." Now the town's business forum and parish council plan to apply to UNESCO for a World Heritage grant to "help balance tourism, the local economy and traffic." (photos)

Lavenham has 200 buildings from the 15th and 16th centuries, including "timber-framed houses, shops and Guildhall built using the wealth created by the medieval wool industry." The layout of the town has remained largely intact since it was planned in the mid 13th century by the 1st Earl of Oxford.