Flatford's History

Find out about the history of Flatford Mill, The Granary, Willy Lott's House, Bridge Cottage, Valley Farm and the horse-drawn barges that transported goods up and down the River Stour.

Constable's Family

John Constable, the fourth of six children, enjoyed a happy childhood in East Bergholt and Flatford.  Following a seven-year courtship, he married Maria Bicknell and fathered seven children.


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.

John Constable 1776 - 1837

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National Trust at Flatford

The National Trust has a long history in protecting Flatford and the surrounding area. The Trust strives to balance the needs of farmers, who earn their living on the land, and the needs of visitors who want to connect the landscape with the life and work of John Constable.

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.