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 watermill built in 1733 on the River Stour at Flatford in East Bergholt, Suffolk, England. Attached to the mill is a 17th-century miller's cottage which is also Grade I listed. The property is in Dedham Vale, a typically English rural landscape.

The mill was owned by the artist John Constable's father and is noted, along with its immediate surroundings as the location for many of Constable's works. It is referred to in the title of one of his most iconic paintings, Flatford Mill (Scene on a Navigable River), and mentioned in the title or is the subject of several others including: Flatford Mill from a lock on the river 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 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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