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.
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.
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.