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East Bergholt is one of the largest villages in Constable Country – the area of countryside in south-east England lying along the Stour River and forming the border with the county of Essex.
The village is famous for two things. It was the birthplace and home of 18th century English painter, John Constable and the unique St Mary's Church Bell Cage.
John Constable's Famous Paintings
In the heart of ‘Constable Country’, the village is close to the famous sites of Flatford & Bridge Cottage, Flatford Mill and Willy Lott’s Cottage depicted in some of Constable’s most famous paintings.
The beautiful Stour Valley and Dedham Vale have changed little since Constable’s time and one can still experience the same gentle river flowing through lush water meadows and the vast skies that so enchanted the artist.
The heart of the village is clustered around the Post Office/General Store on The Street. Constable’s birthplace was demolished but its site is marked with a sign. Opposite the Post Office is Constable’s Studio, now the Reception area for the local garage.
Church of St Mary the Virgin
Nearby on a slight rise is the unusual church of St Mary the Virgin with its unique Bell Cage (see St Mary's Church Bell Cage article in this website), built in the 15th and 16th centuries. In 1531 an unfortunate money crisis prevented a tower being built to house five bells so a temporary wooden bell cage was built – that was 500 years ago and it is still being used today!
Opposite the church is the Old Hall, one of Bergholt’s ancient manors. Built in the 16th century the manor was owned by a number of prominent families including the De Veres. In the 18th century the estate was purchased and a new residence built on the site of the manor. It became a Benedictine Convent with the nuns working the estate. The property is now owned by a co-operative community who practise sustainable living and organic farming.
Five Pubs and B&B's
There are five pubs in the village, some bed and breakfast accommodation and the Village Shop and Post Office sells a range of goods including post cards and ice creams.
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To discover more about East Bergholt
East Bergholt is an almost equal distance between towns Colchester (in Essex) and Ipswich in Suffolk.
- By Road From the A12 take Exit 31 signposted East Bergholt and B1070. From the slip road turn left onto the B1070. The entrance to the village is approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) further on.
- By Rail The nearest train station is 4 miles (6.5 km) away in Manningtree on the London Liverpool Street to Ipswich/Norwich line. Alternatively, there are major stations at Ipswich and Colchester, both 10 miles (16 km) away. Taxis are available.
Manningtree and Ipswich also link directly with Harwich International port.
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