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                   Brushing up on CONSTABLE
Awalk along the river or through the countryside at Flatford is, quite literally, walking in the footsteps of one of the
greatest painters to have lived. There’s a good reason why the
Dedham Vale, home to Flatford, is so often called ‘Constable Country’ – it’s the place where John Constable was born and spent his formative years.
It’s also the place that inspired so many of his paintings, including, of
course, The Hay Wain, thanks to its pastoral scenes with cattle grazing the riverside meadows, old hedgerows and willow trees.
The National Trust looks after a number of historic buildings in Flatford, with connections to Constable’s family.
Flatford Mill, Valley Farm, Bridge Cottage and Hay Barn are all cared for by the conservation charity, together with Willy Lott’s House, which famously features in The Hay Wain.
Last month, the Trust also announced
it had taken on the care of The Granary, a former flour mill once owned by John Constable’s father, Golding Constable. Originally a wool store before being converted to hold grain and flour, the 18th century building passed to Golding’s younger son Abram. But it also caught the imagination of John Constable himself, who created a pencil sketch of it in 1813.
The Trust is now developing plans for how to tell the story of The Granary and its place in the history of Flatford, as ’

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