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Long Melford 

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About Long Melford

 

Long Melford is situated in the lush Stour Valley, the landscape that was the subject of many of John Constable’s paintings. It is a town full of heritage, popular with visitors because of its historic buildings and interesting shops.

 

Long Melford was a busy village in Tudor times, and like Clare, Lavenham, Kersey and the other Suffolk Wool Towns, it became wealthy during the height of the wool trade. Today many of the fine buildings that were built during this time still remain, many of them housing country pubs, art galleries, hotels and fashion boutiques, making Long Melford a popular destination for shoppers.

 

As well as plenty of shops, Long Melford boasts the longest tree-lined village street in the country, and a large village green dominated by a beautiful church. On the edge of Long Melford’s green is Melford Hall, an estate open to the public that was often frequented by Beatrix Potter and her menagerie of animals, and which still has her original Jemima Puddleduck toy.

 

Kentwell Hall is another estate just a mile outside of Lond Melford, and it is full of surprises. Keep an eye out for the award-winning two-dimensional maze and extraordinary sculpted tree, and make sure you catch one of the renowned Tudor re-enactments.

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