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Holyhead and Harbour, from Holyhead Mountain, Anglesey


in the county of Isle of Anglesey

Pictures of Flatford Mill

in the town of Flatford, in the county of Suffolk

About Flatford Mill

Standing on the River Stour beneath the wonderful open Suffolk sky, Flatford Mill, one of the 18th century water-mills owned by the father of painter John Constable continues to present a captivating picture. The mill and equally memorable Willy Loft's Cottage, a romantic 17th century building in an idyllic location by a stream, are both immortalised forever in Constable's painting "The Hay Wain" one of his most important works.

Downstream from Flatford Mill, the River Stour winds gently through reed fringed banks past sloping fields where cattle graze and waterfowl wander. Further back is a hinterland of fields, water-meadows, church spires, cottages and ponds, these formed the settings for some of Constable's earlier works, they are scenes that blessedly remain largely unchanged, thus we are able to see them very much as the painter saw them.

The oldest building in Flatford is a Tudor property from the 15th century. It is a fine timber-frame building, with gables just a short distance away from Flatford Mill, and known as Valley Farm. Granary Barn, with its deep thatch hiding tiny bedroom windows stands close to Flatford Mill. In Constables time this was were the family stored grain from the mill. It is now converted to provide a comfortable home where the owners welcome guests for Bed and Breakfast.

In this exceptional country atmosphere amongst waters where swans glide, and mallard and ducks meander within the reeds, it is perfectly possible to understand the words of Constable when he wrote to a friend ' these are the scene's that made me a painter ' for the sheer serenity uplifts the soul and rejuvenates the spirit - the landscape here has a beauty quite beyond compare.

Flatford Mill is currently leased out as a Field Study Centre and offers courses based on the arts. Fortunately the attraction here is not the contents of the property but its sublime setting. The National Trust offer guided tours around the village as most of the properties, although little changed are now in private occupation.

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