The Village of Chelsworth in Suffolk
A visitors guide to the chocolate box
Suffolk village of Chelsworth, where the River Brett flows, influencing
the positioning of the early houses. When you wander down the main
street of Chelsworth with its abundance of thatched cottages, it is very
apparent that the people in this lovely Suffolk village are very proud of
their homes. So proud that for over thirty years they have opened their
gardens to visitors in the month of June.
Chelsworth has a village inn/pub, the 14th century timbered Peacock
Inn, which uses seasonal locally sourced ingredients wherever possible.
Up the road is another picturesque village, medieval Lavenham
with its wealth of ancient, timber framed buildings, which date from the
reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII. The splendid Guildhall in market
place with its chequered history of town hall - workhouse - prison and
wool store now contains a museum detailing Lavenhams past.
Even closer to Chelsworth is Monks Eleigh
with its colour washed Suffolk Cottages, pictures of which used to grace
railway posters to attract holiday makers to the eastern counties.
Julian Tennyson the author
of Suffolk Scene and
great-grandson of the Poet Laureate during Queen Victoria's time is said
to have loved the village of Chelsworth and I think if he were a visitor
today, he would find that its architecture is unchanged..
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