Willy Lott's Cottage
Willy Lott's Cottage is a house in Flatford, East Bergholt, Suffolk, England that features in several John Constable paintings, notably The Hay Wain. The earliest part of the building is sixteenth century. The property is Grade I listed to reflect its importance "as part of the Flatford Mill group" and "its significance in the work of the artist John Constable".
The Cottage was restored in the 1920s after a revival of interest in John Constable's paintings. It has been renamed Willy Lott's House because this is the name Constable used in his paintings. It is owned by The National Trust.
The cottage is located on the bank of the River Stour, just downstream from Flatford Mill in the heart of Dedham Vale, a typically English rural landscape. Flatford Mill, along with neighbouring Valley Farm and Bridge Cottage, are leased to the Field Studies Council, which uses them as locations for arts-based courses such as painting and as accommodation for sciences-based courses such as residential ecology trips for schools at A-level and younger.
Willy Lott's Cottage by John Constable, 1832
The cottage takes its name from its resident at the time John Constable did his paintings. At that time the house was known as Gibeons Farm. William Lott (1761 - 1849), a tenant farmer, resided at Gibeons Farm all his life and spent only four nights away from this house in the whole of his life. He is buried at St Mary the Virgin Churchyard in East Bergholt.
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