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Pictures of Nayland

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About Nayland

The heady beauty of Suffolk has been the inspiration of artist's for centuries and the village of Nayland, in the hear of Constable country is no exception. It has a share of picturesque 15th and 16th-century properties, with its crowning glory being Alston Court in Church Street. This splendid house was built in 1450 and added to in 1524. It incorporates part of an Edward IV house and is notable for a spectacular nine light window from the 16th-century, a hooded doorway of 1700 and impressive carving in the great hall and dining room.

The village church features in John Constable's paintings, the world renowned artist was born near here and many of his local scenes remain easily identifiable as this is a landscape that has fortunately remained little altered by the passage of time.

Nearby Bures on the River Stour has delightful timbered buildings and a beautiful thatched chapel. At Stoke-by-Nayland, there is a 16th-century guildhall and maltings, and the 120ft church spire appears in one of Constable's paintings. The pretty River Stour and Sudbury are also worthy of a visit.

Recommended towns & villages near Nayland

A picture of Dedham

Dedham (34 Pictures) a Picturesque Village in the county of Essex

(5.0 miles, 8.0 km, direction E of Nayland)

There are two things that immediately strike you about this enchanting village, the first is the opulence of the beautiful 15th-century church, and the second is the fascinating view of the River Stour, which, like the church, has featured in Constable paintings...

Colchester Abbey Ruins

Colchester (164 Pictures) a Historic City in the county of Essex

(5.6 miles, 9.0 km, direction S of Nayland)

Fascinating historic Essex town in which there was probably a settlement in both the 5th-century BC, and the Ist-century AD. The invading Roman's occupied Colchester in AD 43, and.....


Flatford (54 Pictures) in the county of Suffolk

(5.9 miles, 9.6 km, direction E of Nayland)

On arrival in Flatford there is little to prepare you for its overwhelming beauty, but you should not be surprised, for this after all is Constable Country, an area made famous by the great landscape painter and which features in so many of his pictures...

East Bergholt garden

East Bergholt (19 Pictures) in the county of Suffolk

(6.1 miles, 9.8 km, direction E of Nayland)

This enchanting village gained lasting fame as Constable's birth place. It also has a very unusual medieval bell cage...

Greenstead Church, said to be the world's oldest wooden building, in Greenstead, England

Greenstead (1 Pictures) in the county of Essex

(6.2 miles, 10.1 km, direction SE of Nayland)

Greenstead Church is said to be the oldest wooden building in the world. Well worth a visit....

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Dedham Art and Craft Centre

Dedham Art and Craft Centre (1 Pictures)

(5.1 miles, 8.3 km, direction E)

The Dedham Art & Craft Centre is situated in the heart of Constable Country, on the North Essex/Suffolk border. In this.....


Colchester Castle (21 Pictures)

(5.6 miles, 9.0 km, direction S)

Colchester is an ancient town situated on the site where a Roman city once stood. It is most famous for its massive Norman.....

A picture of East Anglian Railway Museum

East Anglian Railway Museum (3 Pictures)

(6.0 miles, 9.7 km, direction SW)

Where better to take the children for a great day out! Here at the East Anglian Railway Museum, children, mum and dad, even.....

St. Botolphs Priory in Colchester

St. Botolph's Priory (3 Pictures)

(6.3 miles, 10.1 km, direction S)


Willie Lott's Cottage, Flatford Mill, Suffolk

Flatford Mill (52 Pictures)

(6.4 miles, 10.2 km, direction E)

Standing on the River Stour beneath the wonderful open Suffolk sky, Flatford Mill, one of the 18th century water-mills owned by.....

Dedham Vale, Suffolk

Dedham Vale (21 Pictures)

(8.0 miles, 12.8 km, direction NW)

Dedham Vale is also known as "Constable Country", it is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), and the place.....

Beth Chatto Gardens, May 2001

Beth Chatto Gardens (22 Pictures)

(8.2 miles, 13.2 km, direction SE)


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