Flatford Mill

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Flatford Mill
Flatford Mill
Flatford Mill
General information
Status Complete
Type Watermill
Architectural style Beam
Town or city East Bergholt
Country United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°57′32″N 1°01′17″E / 51.9588°N 1.0215°E / 51.9588; 1.0215Coordinates: 51°57′32″N 1°01′17″E / 51.9588°N 1.0215°E / 51.9588; 1.0215
Elevation 3 m (10 ft)
Current tenants Field Studies Council
Completed 1733
Owner National Trust


Another view of the mill
The site where The Hay Wain was painted, as it exists in 2010, where it is primarily a tourist destination.

Flatford Mill is a Grade I listed 18th century watermill built in 1733 in Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, England. Attached to the mill is a 17th-century miller's cottage which is also Grade I listed.

The property is located in the heart of Dedham Vale, a typically English rural landscape.

It is noted as the location for works by John Constable, whose father owned the mill. Constable made the mill and its immediate surroundings the subject of many of his most famous paintings. It is the title of one of his most iconic paintings, Flatford Mill (Scene on a Navigable River), and is in the title or the subject of several other of his largest paintings including: Flatford Mill from a lock on the Stour; Flatford Mill from the lock (A water mill); The Lock. The Hay Wain, which features Willy Lott's Cottage, was painted from the front of the mill.

The mill is located just downstream from Bridge Cottage which, along with neighbouring Valley Farm and Willy Lott's Cottage, are leased to the Field Studies Council, a group that uses them as locations for arts, ecology and natural history based courses.

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