A tour thro’ the whole island of Great Britain is an account of his travels by English author Daniel Defoe, first published in three volumes between 1724 and 1727.
Here is an excerpt from his entry on Lavenham, Suffolk:
“I passed due North thro’ Lavenham, or Lanham, a pretty good Town, standing upon a Branch of the River Breton … it had many Years ago great Advantage from its trade in Blue Cloths; but tho’ this is lost, yet it has a good Trade for Serges, Shalloons, Says etc. made here; spins a great deal of fine Yarn for London, and has of late flourished much, by setting up a Hall for selling Wool, the Town being conveniently situated for the purpose. The Church and Steeple here are justly accounted the finest in the County. It is situate on Hill on the West-side of the Town, the Steeple being 137 Feet high. It has Six tuneable Bells in it, and the Inhabitants boast much of their Tenor”.