Flatford Mill from the Millpond © Tamasin Davies

Flatford Mill from the Millpond

History of Flatford and John Constable

John Constable's earliest memories were of the scene around Flatford Mill with barges passing through the lock within a landscape containing Willy Lott's House, Valley Farm and Bridge Cottage.

Flatford's History

Aerial view of Flatford

Find out more about the history of Flatford Mill, the buildings that surround it and the horse-drawn system of navigation that supported local industries along the River Stour.

Flatford's History

Constable's Family

Portrait of John Constable aged 35 - by John Wright (1811)

John Constable was the fourth of six children and following a seven-year secret courtship, married Maria Bicknell, the daughter of a London lawyer. Maria and John had seven children

Constable's Times

LSteam replaced water in the mills

A contemporary of Wordsworth, Turner and Beethoven, Constable lived through American independence, the French Revolution, the rise of Napoleon and the start of the Industrial Revolution.

National Trust

The National Trust is a national charity that since 1943 has looked after the places John Constable knew, loved and which inspired him to become a painter. Visit Flatford and you will sense Constable's history all around you -  Willy Lott's House, Valley Farm, the Dry Dock, Flatford Lock, Bridge Cottage and the scene of The Haywain, Constable's most famous painting. 

Field Studies Council

Since 1946 the Field Studies Council has been providing inspiring opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience the natural environment at Flatford.