Flatford Mill

1 Jun 2002
Flatford Mill, East Bergholt, Babergh, Suffolk
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


3/9 Flatford Mill



Watermill, now Field Studies Centre. 1733 datestone, incorporating possibly earlier but altered former granary range to rear and further C19 range adjoining granary.

Later alterations. Red brick in Flemish bond with weatherboarded lucam and granary range. Plain tile roofs. Main range 2 storeys and attic. South front: 4 first floor windows, central gable to attic. Door to right with overlight in tall opening which breaks the first floor band. 24-pane segment-arched sash to right. Low plank door to centre. 4 round-arched windows, 2 with iron glazing bars with radial glazing to heads and two C20 wooden replicas of these. Small 2-light windows to first floor. First floor band of 3 courses, similar to gable. Lucam to right gable end. Rear: two blocked wheel arches. Door under segmental arch surmounted by datestone. 4-course first floor band. Pitching door above and 2 small windows under segmental arches. Stepped eaves. Attic gable glazed early C20. Wheel arrangement altered C19, wheel house added to right. No wheels left in situ. Range attached to rear left, former granary now incorporated into accommodation. Single storey and attic. Extension under pent roof to mill pond side, C20 casements.

Gabled dormers to mansard roof. Further brick range at lower level with gabled dormer to mill pond side. Interior of granary range shows timber-framing with some chamfered jowled posts, studded walls, massive beams of apparently inserted ceiling.

The mill was in the possession of the Constable family from the mid C18. Its Grade I status reflects its significance in the life and work of John Constable.

Leased by the National Trust to the Field Studies Council.

Listing NGR: TM0770833249


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