Flatford Bridge Cottage
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Who was Willy Lott?
Willy Lott was a local farmer, and personal friend of the Constable family. He must have been excessively fond of his home, for it is thought that he only spent 4 nights away from Flatford during his 84 years.
The National Trust pamphlet available the site entrance details special viewpoints used by Constable for several of his most famous paintings, including Flatford Mill (best seen from across the river) and Willy Lott's cottage (best seen up the lane that runs past Bridge Cottage). Bridge Cottage itself has a fascinating exhibit on Constable, his life, and work, occupying the ground floor.
Free entry. Guided walks of Flatford are available in high season (fee charged). There are waymarked circular walks through the surrounding meadows and a lovely walk from Flatford to nearby Dedham, retracing the route taken by Constable on his daily walk to and from school. Part of the Flatford site is set aside as a special RSPB wildlife garden, planted especially to encourage birds and insects.
Visiting Flatford Bridge
I've been to Flatford a couple of times now, and each time I've been struck by how peaceful the location is. The quietly flowing River Stour, with swans and ducks swimming placidly under the bridge, is just about the perfect countryside location. It is easy to understand how Constable was influenced by this beautiful spot. I highly recommend strolling along the far bank of the river, past Flatford Loch, for excellent views across to the Mill, and strolling up the lane past the mill for even closer views of Willy Lott's cottage. The scene is not precisely as Constable painted it, but the cottage has hardly changed at all.
About Flatford Bridge Cottage
Address: Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, England, CO7 6UL
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: 1 mile south east of East Bergholt, signposted off the B1070. One-way system on narrow, winding lanes. Onsite parking (free to National Trust members). Also accessed via footpath from Dedham.
Website: Flatford Bridge Cottage
Phone: 01206 298 260
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
OS: TM077 332
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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