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East Anglia is an area of rolling landscape and wide open scenery encompassing the Counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, and Cambridgeshire.  

Suffolk the easternmost county of England has an area of 1,466 square miles (3,797 sq km) a population of 630,000, and at its highest just 128 m (420 feet) above sea level. Originally covered in Oak forest until the 18th century, much of the forest was felled to enlarge the navy fleet to cope with the threat from Napolean. The land types of the country supported deciduous woodland that provided the basic building materials that give Suffolk’s ancient buildings their character. Flints mined from chalk were ‘knapped’ to produce dark-hued building-stone of uniform size. Flints are to be seen in the some of the finer churches in the country. Unworked flints picked from fields or beach were used in churches of lesser importance and rural buildings. Many fine homes have been build with bricks made from Suffolk clay, similar construction is also to be found  in churches as well as castles at Orford and Framlingham.

Oak timber has been used as a building material and is to be seen all over Suffolk. Some of the finer examples of hammerbeam roofs are to be found in Suffolk churches. The most notable being Mildenhall and Needham Market’.  Suffolk has 500 medieval churches, each distinctive in its own right.

Lavenham stands out as a village of fascinating Tudor style buildings. On first view the crooked nature of the architecture of some of the buildings in Lavenham (and elsewhere) suggests buildings that to New Zealanders appear to be in advanced stages of falling down. Nothing could be further from the truth, in fact many of these buildings were constructed to these shapes when they were built. During construction the builder would often shape the building to suit the timber available, in fact some buildings are known to contain main structural beams that once were sailing ships masts and may have travelled to far off places before retiring to their final resting place in the building.

The riverside and meadows of the Stour Valley where Constable painted remain as beautiful today as when he painted them two centuries ago.

Further to the East, Suffolk’s lonely expanses of estuarine marsh, a feature of the coast, have attracted  writers as well as artists. The sky in East Anglican scenery takes on a different dimension to other parts of England.

There are two masters who remain well known for their skills. John Constable and Thomas Gainsborough. John Constable was born in East Bergholt in 1776 and intended to be a portrait-painter. However he loved to paint landscapes and found inspiration for them in everyday scenes that he saw in the Stour valley. In those days the Stour River was a hive of activity and he has captured this in his work. He was thirty-five years old when his landscape of Dedham Vale made him known, and this was followed by further masterpieces such as Leaping Horse and The Hay Wain. Only 20 of his paintings were sold during his lifetime.

Thomas Gainsborough was born in 1727 in Sudbury and trained in London before returning to continue his work in Suffolk.

 

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Woodpecker holes in tree Local Fox Various shots of the Dartford tunnel heading North and crossing the Dartford Bridge going South
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Dartford Bridge heading North Dartford Tunnel
Satellite view of
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Rape crop Horse and Foal Lavenham Tudor Style  House Guildhall Hall Historic Little Hall Details of Little Hall
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Flintstone wall Street in Lavenham Greyhound Pub Suffolk Crooked house - Lavenham Country Lane Monks Eleigh
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Fields Nr Gt. Yarmouth Crop in field Flintstone Construction Farmland Windmill - East Anglia  
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Constable Country centres on the villages of Dedham, East Bergholt (where Constable was born) and Flatford.

John Constable the famous painter whose works include ‘The Haywain’, ‘Flatford Mill from Willy Lott’s House’, ‘Boat-building near Flatford Mill’, ‘The Bridge’, ‘Flatford Mill’, ‘The Lock’, ‘A Water Lock’, ‘A View on the Stour’, and ‘The White Horse’, wrote in October 1821 ‘Painting is but another word for feeling. I associate my ‘Careless Boyhood’ with all that lies on the banks of the Stour. They made me a painter, and I am grateful, that is, I had often thought of pictures of them before I ever touched a pencil’.

R B Beckett commented about John Constable: ‘His earliest memories were a blend of wide and distant views over the valley which has for its centre the noble tower of Dedham Church, of the moving clouds above, of upland woods and fields running down in gentle declivities, and a winding stream where small boys would fish in summer from the locks, under the shade of overhanging trees. 

Of all these memories, the one which seems to have left the deepest impression on his mind was the busy scene round the Flatford Mill, with the constant procession of barges stopping to load or unload their cargo’.

The Stour River at Flatford is tidal.

Flatford Mill is on the River Stour close to the Suffolk-Essex border. The Centre buildings, particularly the Mill and Willy Lott's House, are instantly recognisable since they feature in many paintings by John Constable. Only an hour from London and with excellent road and rail access, the Centre is at the end of a lane which has no through traffic. It offers visitors of all ages a much sought-after sense of tranquillity to complement a unique learning environment. The rich mosaic of lowland landscapes, wildlife habitats and places of historic interest in this beautiful part of East Anglia are all reflected in the Centre's wide-ranging programme of environment and art-based courses. Over 300 residential and day activities are offered each year for people of all ages.


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    Flatford country around the River Stour where Constable painted

Carpark at Flatford Flatford described River Stour Side view of Flatford Mill Flatford Mill Willy Lott's House
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Another view of Willy Lott's House

Willy Lott's House

 from across river

Rover Boat on The River Stour Farmland adjacent to the Stour The Dock as painted by Constable
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Flatford Old Lock Flatford Old Lock Valley Farm The House by the bridge    
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Flatford - E. Bergholt
Road map from
London to Flatford
          

More photographs of Flatford and East Anglia in Winter

Cottages within 25 miles of some of the choice spots in East Anglia

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The underlined numbers tell you how many cottages sleeping 2, or 4, or 6, or 8, or 10 people will be displayed within 25 miles of the location when you click an underlined number in one of the columns. 

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Cottages sleeping: 2 4 6 8 10  
Colchester  Map From London 29 51 29 11 5
Dedham  Map From London 35 62 39 14 11
Felixstowe  Map From London 29 60 38 18 9
Hadleigh  Map From London 44 81 47 18 13
Ipswich  Map From London 52 105 62 26 13
Lavenham  Map From London 40 74 41 16 11
Cottages Sleeping: 2 4 6 8 10  
Long Melford  Map From London 39 64 37 13 8
Lowestoft  Map From London 42 131 91 42 17
Monks Eleigh  Map From London 40 75 46 18 11
Southwold  Map From London 36 108 70 25 15
Stowmarket  Map From London 54 104 60 22 14
Sudbury  Map From London 37 62 35 13 8

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