East Bergholt is a large village famed as the birthplace of John Constable (born 1776), who is possibly England's greatest landscape painter. The village was recorded in Domesday as "Bercolt" and appears on John Speed's 1610 map as "Eſtberholt". In the hamlet of Flatford, Willy Lott's cottage (a typical yeoman's house on a bank of the river Stour) remains an iconic view near to the millhouse which was immortalised in Constable's Haywain. The churchyard contains a unique wooden bell cage.
From a Correspondent.
Many years ago there were in the village of East Bergholt, four public houses, the Bear, the Eagle, the Ship, and the Three Cups, the success of which several establishments allured a competitor into the field, who opened an ale house, which he called the White Horse, and underneath a sign intended to represent an animal of this description, were written the following lines:
My new White Horse shall kick the Bear,
And make the Eagle fly;
Shall turn the Ship right bottom up,
And drain the Three Cups dry.…
Street-by-street pub list
The 1855 White's Directory lists 2 beer houses run by Clark Chaplin [the Royal Oak] and Elizabeth Folkard.
The 1865 Kelly's Directory lists Joseph Ransom Hicks as a family grocer and manufacturer of British wines, and also lists 3 beer retailers called Clark Chaplin [Royal Oak], Henry Folkard (also listed as a carpenter) [Porter Shop/Beehive] and George Nichols.
The 1869 Kelly's Directory lists 3 beer retailers; Mrs Jemima Clark, Thomas Folkard and George Nichols.
The 1874 White's Directory lists 4 beer houses run by:
John Barker (East End) [the Royal Oak].
Henry Folkard (also listed as a joiner & …