I’m excited to announce a contribution from freelance writer and mother of two, Jenny Holt. She loves nothing more than getting away from it and taking her pet Labrador Bruce for long walks, something she can do a lot more now she’s left the corporate world behind. She has written a post for us today about Following in the Footsteps of Constable, a famous painter. I hope you enjoy her article!
The county of Suffolk is often referred to as Constable country, referring to the beautiful landscape that was so magically captured by the painter of the same name in the mid-1700s. Whilst his paintings are relatively well-known, what is not so often appreciated is how little the landscape has changed since then, and how the magic and beauty of Suffolk has retained his view of the world. Even now, visitors to the county can experience this for themselves.
Need to Travel
People love to travel for different reasons. One of the most important, is to have time and space to explore areas of the world that speak to you in a very different way to how you’re accustomed. Suffolk does this a great deal, in part because it is still one of the few areas of England that is relatively unspoiled. Whilst it is easily accessible, there have been no motorways built into the county, and it has never really been fully industrialized. For this reason, it has allowed the county to retain a sense of history and uniqueness that makes it a very special place.Taking time to stay somewhere that is unhurried, where people have time for each other, where there is a natural beauty to the coastline that is largely unchanged for hundreds of years is a very precious thing.
Suffolk is rich in quite literally hundreds of unspoiled and picturesque villages, many of which such as Dedham, Stratford St Mary and Stoke-by-Nayland, have a direct connection to Constable, perhaps the most famous being Flatford, where the Constable family owned Flatford Mill. Around this area are many opportunities to explore the land where he lived, and there are continual and permanent exhibitions of his work.
Taking time to explore Suffolk will sometimes feel like you are in a different world. Villages and small towns on the coast such as Walberswick and Southwold are quite literally like something from another century. Aside from Constable, Suffolk has acquired a reputation over the last hundred years or so as a magnet for artists and writers of all types and persuasions, and the depth of their creativity is evident wherever you go. Not only are there numerous exhibitions of arts and crafts, paintings and sculpture, the more you see the more you want to see. Suffolk has managed to retain a balance of its intrinsic beauty, with its incredibly special landscapes and views, with an ease of mobility in terms of moving around, along with modern day services and businesses that complement its unique character.
For many people, Constable put Suffolk on the map quite literally, and many visit Suffolk not only to honor his memory, but also to experience what was his reality at the time. There are probably few places in England that have managed to retain so much of its heritage, whilst moving forward at the same time in such a way as to make people feel that their history is valued and enshrined in their day-to-day life.