A Star Twinkled over Lavenham

In 1786, Isaac Taylor, an engraver, lived in this house, known as Shilling Grange, in Lavenham, Suffolk, England.


His daughters, Jane and Ann, wrote poetry. Gazing out the tiny attic window, Jane saw a star and wrote a poem. Here’s the first verse:

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are;
Up above the world do high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

Do you think Jane had any idea on that night centuries ago that one day every English-speaking kid on the planet would memorize her poem?

Lavenham is a quaint village a few miles south of Woolpit. To get to it, you travel country lanes that meander through picturesque vistas.

Much of the architecture in Lavenham dates back to the 1300s.




A market cross marks the spot where a market was authorized by the crown to be held. A market was authorized on this spot in Lavenham in the mid 1200s.


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