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The Constable Country

Glimpses on Super 8 film of the picturesque landmarks and pretty countryside that inspired Romantic artist John Constable's paintings.

Amateur film 1970 7 mins

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The countryside of the Essex-Suffolk border inspired Romantic landscape artist John Constable, who portrayed many of this area's rural landmarks on canvas, so much so, that it has become known as “Constable Country”. Amateur filmmaker Bert Gregory, a member of Clacton Cine Club, along with John Douglas and Arthur Webber made this short film, narrated by Bert Gregory, and featuring many of the villages and their landmarks that hold a connection to John Constable.

St Mary the Virgin’s Church in East Bergholt, birthplace of Constable and Flatford Mill, owned by Constable’s father, and the subject of Constable’s most famous painting, The Haywain, is featured. So too, is the picturesque Willy Lott’s Cottage, now a National Trust Property, Dedham’s 15th century St Mary’s Church, Stratford St Mary’s Church, Langham Church, and Nayland Church, all being the subject of Constable paintings. Also captured on Super 8 film is Dedham Grammar School, in which Constable attended, and Dedham Mill, again, owned and run by Constable’s father.