The Village of Kersey in Suffolk
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
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.
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.
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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