Flatford Mill in Suffolk, was owned by the father of John Constable (1776-1837) the English landscape artist. Constable was expected to take over the family business but fortunately for us followed his passion for painting and became one of our most famous artists. The majority of his work was inspired by Suffolk scenes. He never went abroad preferring to paint landscapes of Suffolk, Hampstead, Salisbury and Brighton.
'The Mill Stream'
The cottage on the left of the painting is Willy Lott's House. Lott was a local farmer who bought Flatford Mill in 1846 from the Constable family and continued to mill there until early 1900.
This is the scene today.
The local wildlife
A hornet's nest. Not wise to get too close.
Looking towards the village of Dedham where Constable went to school. You can just see Dedham church in the distance both in the painting and the photo.