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  ‘ Succession. A 300 year anniversary event was held on Hartest Green in 2013 to celebrate the placing of the stone.
Head for refreshments at The Crown pub, just off the green, or taste the wines at close by Giffords Hall.
Long Melford
Having lived in Melford for a few years in the late 80s, it’s sad so many businesses have closed in recent years. Nevertheless it still has much to offer with excellent places to eat - Scutchers and the Black Lion - pleasant tea rooms, art galleries and two stately homes to visit, Melford and Kentwell Hall. There are lovely footpaths to explore around the northern end of the village.
Walsham-le-Willows
A detour from more travelled routes, Walsham le Wil- lows is a delightful, and with the occasional presence of pink, typical Suffolk village. The church, larger than you might expect, stands on a crossroads at the west end of the village street facing The Six Bells Inn. The large churchyard is bordered by magnificent Limes and the porch of the church is clad with some beautiful napped flints. Facing east from the Six bells offers a multi-coloured street view, terraced cottages vying to be the most ‘instagrammable’. The Street continues to be of interest, with the facades of a for- mer post office, reading room and some other build- ings hinting at former trade activities. Walsham still contains at least ten houses from the 15th century but isn’t a sleepy village though, maintaining a thriving primary school and social groups, with the building and farm supplies firm, Clarkes, giving local employ- ment. For today’s visitors, there are two pubs and a
lively cafe which serve as fuel stops for those enjoy- ing the local walks.
The parish website carries extensive details of its history, first documented in the 11th century. IS
Chelsworth
Most of our villages can boast a mention in the Domesday Book, William the Conquerer’s 1086 audit of his new kingdom’s
wealth. However,
Chelsworth trumps the lot
with its first recorded name
check being in a royal
charter by King Edgar in
962!
This idyllic settlement ticks
all the boxes when it comes
to bucolic beauty. It’s
blessed with a wealth of
colour-washed thatched
cottages and timbered
buildings, a picturesque inn, a medieval church and a river running through it. Even the little double humped-back bridge crossing the River Brett is picture-postcard perfect.
Probably the most interesting historic property is the Grade II Grange, which stands in front of All Saints Church. It is actually a collection of many buildings which all blend harmoniously, the oldest of which dates back to 1400.
Usually in late June practically the entire village collaborates in a highly-popular Open Gardens day, which is now is its 53rd year. It gives residents a great opportunity to make visitors green with envy at their home, sweet homes. KM ‘
The Bell at Kersey. Image: Mark Staples
the COUNTRYSIDE issue
 The humpback bridge at Chelsworth
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