Kersey is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest
and (next to Lavenham)
most photographed villages in Suffolk,.
Situated just two-and-a-half miles from Hadleigh
and running down both sides of a steep valley, Kersey is noted for its
picturesque ford populated by a group of (sometimes over-friendly) ducks, and is
one of the places that all tourists have on their "must-visit" lists.
Kerseys ['kerseymere'] were a form of
coarse narrow-cloth, exported throughout Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries,
though after the 16th century it was reduced to spinning yarn. ) and retains
many fine buildings. These are mainly the half-timbered and jettied (see the
picture above) which are so typical of rural Suffolk, though there is an unusual
one in red-brick (from the middle-Tudor period) right next to the ford.
Another striking view much beloved of artists and
photographers is the 14th century
church. Standing at the top of the hill, on one of the highest points for
some miles around, it dominates the both the village and the landscape.
For details of an attractive walk around a
relatively unknown part of the parish,