Dating back to medieval times, Kersey is a picturesque, traditional Suffolk village, consisting of many listed properties. Kersey became prosperous and famous for its “Kersey Cloth” during a period centred on the 14th and 15th centuries when the broadcloth industry provided wealth to South Suffolk communities. There was a steady decline in the 17th century when the village experienced a period of poverty. The village now has a thriving community, with many societies and events taking place throughout the year.
In many ways, Kersey is a hidden gem, but once found it is never forgotten and it appears on many postcards, calendars, TV programmes and even a jigsaw puzzle. Visited by painters, walkers, cyclists and tourists. Over the years countless scenes have been shot here for films, TV programmes and advertisements. The first scene of “Lovejoy” is through the famous “Splash”. Kersey was also the scene for a recent Meerkat advertisement and home to the author Sir Hammond Innes who lived at “Ayres End”.
St Mary’s Church at the top of the South end of the village is visible for miles around, especially when floodlit. Every Thursday evening between 8-9 pm you will hear the bell ringers practising.