Stoke-by-Nayland appears largely unchanged since John Constable found inspiration here and captured its beauty on canvas. It is set in the hills above the Stour Valley and is regarded as the centre of the area used by Constable in his Suffolk landscapes.
St. Mary’s Church, built in the 15th century of flint and mellow brick, has a tower rising to 120 feet. Inside are brasses and memorials to Lady Howard, an ancestor of Catherine Howard and Anne Boleyn, who both married Henry VIII and were beheaded.
Across the road from the churchyard are the 16th century Guildhall and the Maltings of a similar age, which has been converted into four cottages. To the south of the church, there is a row of picturesque timbered almshouses.