Despite being only a short distance from Lavenham, the village of Kersey, which bestrides a hidden miniature valley, has earned the accolade of the “most beautiful village in South Suffolk”.

It is indeed a picture-postcard village with a wonderful array of timbered merchant houses and weavers cottages, most of which retain their large windows on the first floor to give plenty of light to the cottage industry of weaving dating back to the fifteenth century.
The main street, which runs north-south, plunging down to the ‘Splash’, a tributary of the river Brett, and up to the pretty church at the top of the hill, thankfully does not suffer from through traffic.
This scene together with the adjacent 700-year-old Bell Inn has featured in many films and travelogues.
It is a location which has long been a painters’ favourite subject, as shown in the railway poster by Suffolk artists Leonard Squirrell and Jack Merriott, and as with so many quintessential English villages would benefit by the removal of on-street car parking altogether.
A famous resident of Kersey was, until 1998, the writer Ralph Hammond Innes who lived in a stunning 16th century house going down the hill on the left from the church and before the ford.
Worth a visit is Kersey Pottery, which has been run by Fred Bramham and Dorothy Gorst since 1973. Their stoneware pottery is in continual evolution. It is a process of refining shapes and basing a spectrum of glazes upon such unpredictable materials as local estuary muds and fish-smokers’ wood ashes.  The kiln is reduction-fired to 1360 degrees centigrade to achieve the unusual textures and flashes of iridescent colour, each individual piece having six or more glaze applications.
The results of each monthly firing are exhibited at Kersey Pottery’s own gallery, occupying old stables near the centre of the ancient village of Kersey, Suffolk.