The village of Kersey is one of Suffolk's 'picture-postcard' areas, like Cavendish and Long Melford. It's a small, sleepy village, with a pub and resident population of about 350 people. Situated on a steep hill and a ford cross the hill at the lowest point. Usually it is shallow enough to drive through, however there have been occasions when this hasn't been the case!
Kersey's main claim to fame - apart from the occasional floating car or passer by - is its connection to the woollen cloth industry, as the 'Kersey cloth' takes its name from here.
St Mary's Church is a fine, Grade 1 listed, 11th C Medieval Church that dominates the village view. As you'll be able to see from the local architecture, Kersey was once a prosperous village and from the 12th century onwards it grew significantly. The Lord of the Manor of Kersey was granted the right to hold a weekly market in 1252, and early in the 14th century St Mary's was further enlarged.
Like many towns and villages in the area (Lavenham
and Long Melford
in particular) this prosperity was based on the wool industry, with sheep farming featuring strongly for the inhabitants of Kersey in the Domesday Book.
The population grew to about 800 by 1870 but the wool industry had transferred to Yorkshire, and the Village struggled to attract and retain residents. In a census of the time, there were 3 shoemakers, 2 tailors, 2 blacksmiths, 2 corn millers, a grocer and draper, a baker, a saddler, a wheelwright, a brewer and several bricklayers & carpenters, as well as 2 pubs in the Village. However by 1992 there were 2 pubs, a general store and a sub-post office, and by 2009 there was only one public house and neither a village shop nor a post office.
However the village does still boast the stunning Kersey Mill, set amongst 17 acres of private land and listed in the Doomsday Book. The Venue at Kersey Mill incorporates several function rooms that can be hired for weddings, parties and corporate events as it is fully licensed. There are beautiful gardens and grounds, Maltings Rooms, a Gallery Bar and an outside patio area for reception drinks. Marquees can be accommodated for larger events, and they are also licensed for music, indoors and outdoors. Find out more about this stunning Venue here - Kersey Mill
As the village is so attractive and so well placed as a base to explore the surrounding countryside you may want to book a holiday here with your loved ones. Cressland
is a 15th Century, Grade 2* listed Holiday Cottage overlooking the Splash, offering 4 bedrooms sleeping up to 8, plus 3 bathrooms, a large sitting room with open fire, a dining room with log burner and a large country kitchen with dining table. In the summer months you can enjoy the lovely cottage garden, with outdoor table and chairs, summer house and barbecue. Book your holiday in Kersey at Cressland now!
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