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.
The 14th Century Bell Inn, 100yds up the road has oak beams, a cosy open fire and offers good traditional pub food and local ales.
Kersey Mill, located just off the main road before the Kersey Village sign, is a Grade II* listed mill house and watermill, together with a Grade II listed converted maltings. It stands in grounds of around 16 acres on the banks of the River Brett near Hadleigh, and has been converted into a gym, hair salon, beauty rooms, art gallery, and tea room.
Kersey and the surrounding area offers beautiful open countryside for cyclists and walkers to explore, as well as picturesque, unspoilt villages, a host of attractions and interesting places to visit. The Suffolk Coast is also within 30 minutes’ drive.
Address of Property:
From London A12 past Colchester, B1070 to Hadleigh, from Cambridge A14 to Bury St Edmunds/Sudbury A134/A1071 Hadleigh
From Hadleigh A1141 signposted Lavenham. After 1 mile turn left signposted Kersey. Turn right past the Church and down the hill. Go through the ford “Splash” and house is just on the left.
Nearest Airport: Stansted 80 mins
Kersey is also within easy reach of Norwich, Cambridge and London. You can be in central London in less than 2 hours. Trains to London Liverpool Street Station go from Manningtree, Ipswich and Colchester Stations all around 25 mins drive, taxis at station. Train journey to Liverpool Street is 50mins.
Hadleigh market town 2 miles from Kersey. Supermarkets, butchers, chemist, bakers, banks, Post Office, restaurants. Hollow Trees Farm shop in Semer 5 mins drive away.