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John Constable was born at East Bergholt, in Suffolk, on June 11th, 1776, and it was within a radius of a few miles from this village that he found the subjects of the greater number of his most celebrated pictures.
His father, Golding Constable, was a man of some means, holding considerable property in the district. He was a miller by trade, owning the water mills at Flatford and Dedham, and two windmills near East Bergholt, all of them familiar friends to lovers of Constable's landscapes. At the latter place he built himself, in 1774, a substantial house. He married a Miss Ann Watts, and had a family of three sons and three daughters.
John Constables great-grandfather settled as a farmer at Bures, on the border line between Suffolk and Essex.
John Constables cousin,
Abram and his sister Mary often visited
the Garrads at "Secretaries" in Bures Hamlet for dances and
**Thomas Newman tenant of "The Hall,
Mount Bures died in 1790 His wife Anne Constable relative to John Constable
died in 1776
**Property known as No1 and 2 (Fullmans)
Colchester Road, Mount Bures.
**Property called "Hobbs Well",
**Property called "Elms Farm"
**Ref "Mount Bures its Land and People"
GOLDING CONSTABLE had a brother Abram,
a son Abram and a nephew Abram.