The Village of Kersey in Suffolk

Kersey Suffolk Holidays

A visitors guide to the picturesque village of Kersey in Suffolk. Surely one of the best views of this lovely Suffolk village is from the 14th century parish church of St. Mary, located on one side of the village, high up on the hill. Bit of a climb but well worth the effort. I am sure it will come as no surprise to learn that Kersey has been used as a film set on more than one occasion.  

The village dates back to medieval times and used to be famous for its cloth called 'Kersey'. This was a coarse cloth used to make serviceable garments for yeomen, tradesmen and later army uniforms. Up until the 19th century Kersey was still exporting this cloth. Note the large windows on the first floor of some of the houses. These large windows were to give as much light as possible to the weavers of Kersey for their weaving.  

The village is without doubt very pleasing and certainly worth an amble on foot as there are just so many Elizabethan buildings to marvel at. After which you can retire to The Bell Inn the village pub for a bite to eat and a drink to quench your thirst before you go up that hill again to admire the village once more before you leave!

The ford or the 'splash' is actually the River Brett, which flows across the main street in Kersey.

  The charming Market Town of Hadliegh is under two miles away.
For More Norfolk or Suffolk Bed & Breakfast - Click the Guest House or Accommodations Link.s. The cloth of Kersey is mentioned in Shakespeare Loves Labours Lost Act 5 Scene 2 the character Biron quotes 'Henceforth my wooing mind shall be express'd in russet yeas and honest kersey noes'. Perhaps implying that his wooing would be more informal or homey.
For Norfolk or Suffolk Myths and Legends - Click the Myth or Legend Link. I have heard say that the Television series about the antique dealer 'Lovejoy' was also filmed in Kersey.
The adventurer Ralph Hammond Innes who wrote best sellers such as Attack Alarm lived in the village. He died in his eighties in June 1998. He lived in a 16th century house near to the ford or 'the splash' as the locals call it.

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