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Our favourite Suffolk villages: Bures and Kersey

PUBLISHED: 17:36 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 February 2013

Our favourite Suffolk villages: Bures and Kersey

Our favourite Suffolk villages: Bures and Kersey

John Seery and Charlotte Smith-Jarvis speak up for a couple of villages with real character

John Seery and Charlotte Smith-Jarvis speak up for a couple of villages with real character



Kersey, Charlotte Smith-Jarvis


I have a real affection for Kersey, having lived there for two years. It is a quintessential, postcard-perfect English village, and we found that hundreds if not thousands of visitors would flock there every spring and summer if only to see the famous splash for themselves.
What I really love about Kersey is the sense of community spirit. Its the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, and theres an all hands on deck approach to village activities.
The Bell serves fantastic food and is a hub of this quaint little village, attracting not only daytrippers needing sustenance, but also locals gossiping over a pint of ale while their dogs laze sleepily in front of the open fire.
There are some great walks to enjoy just minutes from the village centre, including a very scenic route that takes you from The Bell all the way to nearby Hadleigh via fields, bridges and streams.




Bures, John Seery



Because of its location straddling the Essex/Suffolk border, this little village is divided into two civil parishes: Bures Hamlet in Essex and Bures St Mary in Suffolk. Rather confusingly for residents it is served by two county councils, three district councils (Colchester, Braintree, and Babergh), two members of Parliament and two education authorities (Essex and Suffolk). When the promised local government cutbacks come, Bures may benefit.
Anyway, enough of politics, this is one of the most charming corners of our county and I wonder how many of the residents prefer to say they live in Suffolk!
Ours is a flat landscape but at Bures you come across hills and verdant water meadows snaking around the River Stour. The elevated end of Bures is interesting but as you proceed down into its centre it has some nice features, notably a fine church and a cricket ground that backs onto the river.

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