Our favourite Suffolk villages: Chelsworth & Monks Eleigh
PUBLISHED: 17:03 23 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:24 20 February 2013
John Seery and Richard Bryson on why they love the neighbouring villages
John Seery on Chelsworth
Chelsworth is another little treasure in the Brett Valley. Drive through it and the traditional village pub (The Peacock) and little humpback bridge catch the eye. In the spring great clumps of daffodils in hedgerows and gardens complete the scene. At this time of the year the village really comes alive with its traditional open gardens day. This year is the 43rd time local homeowners have opened their 20 gardens in order to raise money to complete repairs to the gable, wall and roof of the local All Saints Church.
If you are thinking going this year (its on Sunday, June 27) there will be stalls, refreshments and musical entertainment from the Hadleigh High School Swing band and morris dancing. Entry is just 5 per adult (children and parking free) and you can visit from 2-6pm.
Richard Bryson on Monks Eleigh
Lavenham steals the thunder of all those villages grouped together in south Suffolk, but travel just a few miles along the road to Hadleigh and Monks Eleigh has much to admire. It was once one of the great wool-producing villages of the Brett Valley and boasts an almost fairytale mix of gabled and dormered, cream washed or Suffolk Pink cottages. Distinctive property follows distinctive property along the main street.
A tourist will see more thatched cottages here than at Lavenham and, at its heart, is a neat little triangular green (with mid-Victorian pump stand) that leads the way to a school, hall and St Peters Church. If the village has a few London commuters they wouldnt be human if they didnt occasionally walk along the green, watch a puff of cloud against a bright blue summer sky, and wonder why they should ever leave this lovely corner of Suffolk.
Oh, and villagers dont have to go far to find a really good pub . . . the award-winning Swan stands proud at the centre of the community.