Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk. Location map
 
  Photo of Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, England   Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.

This is the view you'll see when walking from the car park to the house. You should notice the typical Tudor turrets each side.

The house was opened to the public in 1976 although still in poor condition then but that didn't deter visitors and many return again to see what progress has been made. It certainly doesn't appear to be in poor condition now.

 

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  Photo of the moat, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, England   The Moat, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.

The moat completely encircles the house with just two bridges giving access. It is certainly an attractive feature with parts of the house coming right to the very edges.

There are some very large carp in the moat which have learned that visitors often mean 'Manna from Heaven' and if you look over the bridge parapet they will probably appear at the surface with mouths hopefully agape. Appropriate fish food is on sale in the shop and the carp hope that you will take the hint.

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  Photo of the Tower of Babel, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, England   The Tower of Babel sculpture, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.

To the east of the house there was a Cedar which was badly damaged in a storm but instead of being felled it was converted into a sculpture by Colin Wilbourne on the theme of the Tower of babel.

 

 

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  Photo of the Moat House, Melford Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, England   The Moat House, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford.

The Moat House was the original, separate, service building dating from around 1500 and includes the Dairy, Bakehouse and Brewhouse. This is also where the second bridge over the moat is to be found.

 

 

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Read our report of this trip to Long Melford on the Blog.