The Village of Stoke by Nayland in Suffolk
A visitors guide to the Suffolk village of
Stoke by Nayland in Constable Country. The soaring church tower of St.
Mary's in its old reddish brick appears on the skyline of many a painting
by the landscape artist John Constable (1776-1837) who was born at nearby
Inside the church at Stoke by Nayland are memorials to the Tendring
family. Alice Tendring who was born in 1365 in Stoke by
Nayland married John Howard and from this union well over a
century later came Catherine Howard who was the fifth wife of King Henry
VIII of England. Unfortunately as history tells Catherine Howard did not
live to ripe old age as she was beheaded by her husband whilst still very
young. What many people forget is that Catherine Howard was also
cousin to Ann Boleyn, Henry's second wife also beheaded.
The village of Stoke by Nayland is situated on a hill in the Stour Valley
close to the borders of Essex. A mix of traditional Suffolk pink cottages
rub shoulders with lovely medieval Tudor timbered buildings, all little
changed from Constables day. Near the lych-gate in School Street is where
the village lock up once stood. This is a lovely area for walking and
cycling or just drinking in the scenery that inspired our great British
Stoke by Nayland is regarded by many as the heart of the area for
Constable's Suffolk landscapes. Here he found inspiration for many
of his masterpieces as he once wrote "I associate my careless boyhood
with all that lies on the banks of the Stour; those scenes made me a
The village has a pub The Angel Inn a traditional 16th century oak
beamed coaching house.
Nearby is the Stoke by Nayland 18 hole championship Golf Club and
fitness centre is situated in 300 acres of undulating Suffolk countryside,
on the edge of the Dedham Vale. If you continue north west you will come
to the larger town of Sudbury
connections to Thomas Gainsborough another famous painter who said that
portraiture was his profession, landscape painting was his pleasure.
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