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Landscape up for sale which inspired Constable
CAMPAIGNERS are calling for the National Trust to buy hundreds of acres of land painted by John Constable and on sale for £1.75million.
The land belonging to Hall Farm, Stratford St Mary, features in many of the artist’s works, including one of his most famous - The Dedham Vale.
The painting dates back to 1802 and currently appears in London’s Tate Gallery.
A total of 230 acres is up for sale, including 142 acres of water meadows and lowland grass, with over 1,200 metres fronting onto the River Stour where there are fishing rights.
In addition, there is just under 90 acres of arable land.
The land sits to the north west of Dedham and has picturesque views of both Dedham and Stratford St Mary Churches.
The Dedham Vale Society, which campaigns to preserve the area’s heritage, wants the National Trust to step in.
Robert Erith, president, said he had already been in contact with the conservation charity to inform them the land, which is on the Suffolk side of the Essex/Suffolk border, was up for sale.
He said: “The land on the Essex side was given by my family to the National Trust in the early 1950s and it would be a very nice thing if the National Trust were to own the Suffolk side as well, but whether they have the budgets and so forth I don’t know.”
“There is very little any land owner could do with it apart from keeping it natural because it is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and associated with John Constable who painted that part of the country.
“There are a lot of potential buyers who would be likely to appreciate the sensitivity of the landscape but if the National Trust were to buy it, it would belong to the nation,” he added.
The land is being marketed by land and property consultants, Robinson & Hall.
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