Kersey Things to Do
Kersey Mill is located near the main road between Hadleigh & Bildeston, & was once a water-powered mill with 3pairs of engine-driven milling stones...
After falling into disrepair, there were plans to convert the mill building into apartments, but instead, the mill has been restores to appear as it would have looked in its heyday, although the milling machinery is not operable...
Today it provides a business centre & venue, which benefits from its location aside the River Brett, with 18acres of lush watermeadows, a sunken garden & an abundance of wildlife...
The venue is ideal for wedding parties & corporate events, held in the Kiln room...
0nsite businesses provide arts & crafts, floristry, handmade cakes & a coffee shop, while a fitness gym & sauna is available for those seeking something active!Related to:
- Food and Dining
Kersey's St Mary's Church sits up on a hill, high above the village. Research tells me that it probably dates back to the 14th century, though several changes and additions have been made to the church over the centuries. Its impressive tower is built entirely from flint, and was completed in 1481.
Entry to the church yard is via the Lych Gate. This is a covered gateway where coffin bearers would wait, sheltered from the elements, before the commencement of funeral proceedings. 'Lych' (or 'Lich') is the old English term for 'corpse', hence the gates name.
The churchyard is filled with interesting old gravestones and markers. The interior of the church is bright and tastefully decorated.
From up on the hill you also get nice views back across Kersey.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
A visit to the pottery is always on the list of attractions when in Kersey.
The designs are constantly changing to keep everything fresh.
I wouldn't say that it's a cheap place to shop, but each piece is individual and original.
To be completed.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
Favorite thing: I can remember visiting Kersey as a young child - when I return today, the village looks just the same - it's 1 of those sleepy Suffolk places that never seems to alter...
Even if you've never set foot in the place, if you did, chances are you might receive a sense of 'deja-vu', as if you'd been there before, & the reason could be simply explained - Kersey has featured on so many calendars, art prints, & jigsaws over the years, chosen because it's the perfect image of what an old English village ought to look like...
Its most recent claim-to-fame was as the setting in the series of tv adverts selling insurance, using animated meerkats ( ..."simples!")
The tv crew spent 2 days in the village, filming on location, but when I saw the advert, I did not recognise the location I've seen so many times, so brief was the appearance of the locality...
Kersey is situated in the hilliest section of Suffolk, & was set out to make the most of its setting, with Saint Mary's church built right at the top of the hill..
The church tower dominates the village horizon, & has a clock that always tells the correct time...
At the bottom of the hill is the watersplash, Kersey's iconic feature, complete with ducks crossing the road, irrespective of traffic!
Fondest memory: I remember as a child, when we had daytrips into Suffolk, having picnics outside the churchyard, on the top of the hill at Kersey...
Nothing has really altered here since then...
Each year the ducklings in the watersplash across the road, grow up & either move on, or make their own home here - that's the pace of life in Kersey, & I love it...Related to:
- Budget Travel
- Historical Travel