A Stroll Around Chelsworth

Bernard & Heather Quinlan's,  'A Gentle stroll' around Chelsworth Village - Click the right arrow to move on.

We start this walk in the heart of Chelsworth, beside the pair of hump-backed bridges that stand across from the “Peacock” Inn.

Here, long before the age of photography, stood Chelsworth Lower Mill. It was demolished in about 1750 by Lord of the Manor Robert Pocklington, and replaced by the second span of the bridge.

Leaning over the church-ward wall of the further arch of the bridge, you will see his initials and rank, with the date, stamped below – “R.P. Esq. 1754”.

Chelsworth’s chief historian, Geoffrey Pocklington, recorded that in wartime the bridge was damaged by a tank - but evidently it survived, and against all the odds it continues to do so.