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Puddle Duck Kersey Private Dwelling L2136 Priory Holme, at the top of The Street N52.0610 E0.9152 276618
Lilliput Lane's model "Puddle Duck" is based on this 18th Century cottage, Priory Holme, at the top of The Street in Kersey.
Note the detail of the seat in front of the cottage.  

Kersey is, without a doubt, one of the prettiest and (next to Lavenham) most photographed villages in Suffolk,.

Situated just two-and-a-half miles from Hadleigh and running down both sides of a steep valley, Kersey is noted for its picturesque ford populated by a group of (sometimes over-friendly) ducks, and is one of the places that all tourists have on their "must-visit" lists.

 Kerseys ['kerseymere'] were a form of coarse narrow-cloth, exported throughout Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries, though after the 16th century it was reduced to spinning yarn. ) and retains many fine buildings. These are mainly the half-timbered and jettied (see the picture above) which are so typical of rural Suffolk, though there is an unusual one in red-brick (from the middle-Tudor period) right next to the ford.

Another striking view much beloved of artists and photographers is the 14th century parish church. Standing at the top of the hill, on one of the highest points for some miles around, it dominates the both the village and the landscape.

For details of an attractive walk around a relatively unknown part of the parish, click here.

A tributary of the River Brett fords the main street in Kersey, Suffolk.
C16 Medieval weavers housesat the top of The Street  
Other sites about Kersey

1928 Picture down "The Street"

Portraits of Britain

Church Rood Screen

Reggie Net

The writer Hammond Innes died here June10, 1998

St Mary's Church -- plus a very old "School" road sign with Little Manor and Woodbine Cottage on the right, and Church Steps on the left.  


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