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Old Mill House

House. Probably C17 with early C19 and later alterations and extensions. Timber-

Local History

John Constable's brother Abram Constable lived in this house for much of the time that he managed the family business, (the Old Mill House was directly opposite the windmill).

Abram has a special significance for Constable's Paintings - and hence the village. Without his willingness to take over the family business and run it in order to provide an income for all his siblings, John would most not have been able to to attend the Royal Academy or support his later life as an artist, and of course, these funds also enabled John to marry the love of his life, Maria Bicknell.

Abram sold the milling business in 1846 but continued to live in East Bergholt in the Old Mill House until his death at the age of almost eighty. He died on 23rd May 1862, in the Old Mill House.


Details

House. Probably C17 with early C19 and later alterations and extensions. Timber-framed, rough rendered, partly underbuilt in brick. Plain tile roof, red brick stack. 2 storeys, 4-bay frame. Central lobby entry. Projecting gabled porch with plank door. 16 and 24-pane sashes in flush wood architraves. French windows to left. Roof hipped to left. Central ridge stack. Interior: framing exposed. Chamfered jowled posts, section of close studding

  • Historic England Reference: 1033440
 

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