Local names

Local place names

It's always challenging choosing names for something new, but given our location and history of the area we almost had too many names to choose from, but here is a little bit of local history around Constable Holiday Lodges and its names.


John Constable | artist | 1776-1837 | is best known for his paintings representing rural characters of the Dedham Vale surrounding East Bergholt, born at Flatford Mill now run but the National Trust, Constable Country.

Constables most iconic and well recognised scene was 'The Haywain' painted over the pond between Flatford Mill and Willy Lotts House, it hangs today on permanent display at the The National Gallery, and is believed to be one of the most iconic paintings in the history of British Art.

Flatford Mill, just a 10 minute walk across the fields from the lodges, as is the main village of East Bergholt, an area that John Constable painted many times in his younger days and hosts almost 200 painting sites, all within walking distance of the lodges. (check out East Bergholt Society website for all Constable painting sites and facts and stories of village life https://www.ebsoc.org.uk/

Local rivers in Suffolk are the remainder of the theme to the lodges


The River Stour, 47 miles long and forms the boundary between Suffolk to the north and Essex to the South. It rises in east Cambridgeshire and passes through Haverhill, Cavendish, Bures, Sudbury, Nayland, Stratford St Mary, Dedham and flows through Dedham Vale and Flatford, and area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It becomes tidal just prior to Manningtree as it joins the North Sea at Harwich.


As the River Gipping changes to the Orwell at Stoke Bridge in Ipswich where the river becomes tidal and broadens into an estuary to flow out to the North Sea under the 'Orwell Bridge' and is popular for sailing.

Since the 1970's marinas have opened at Levington (Suffolk Yacht Harbour), Woolverstone (home of Royal Harwich Yacht Club) and Fox's Marina, just outside Ipswich as well as two marinas in the Old Ipswich Wet dock.

Interestingly the 'Stour and Orwell' River walk runs for 63 km from Cattawade near Manningtree on the Suffolk | Essex border along the estuaries of the River Stour and Orwell to Felixstowe where it continues as the Suffolk Coast Path.


The River Brett source is in the villages north of Lavenham. It flows through Hadleigh to its confluence with River Stour via Monks Eleigh, Brent Eleigh and Chelsworth.


The River Deben rises to the west of Debenham in Suffolk, passed Woodbridge (a great day out) and turns into a tidal estuary before entering the North Sea at Felixstowe Ferry.

The mouth of the estuary is crossed by a ferry connecting Felixstowe and Bawdsey.