Long Melford Green on a Frosty Morning, Suffolk

Long Melford Green on a Frosty Morning, Suffolk

Long Melford, like many medieval Suffolk villages, grew up around the wool trade. Its most famous aspect is its mile-long high street, but it, unusually, also possesses a large, elongated village green. At tthe top of the green stands the imposing Church of the Holy Trinity, often considered the finest village church in England. Badmin was fascinated by seasonal changes and this is his real subject here; the watercolour's full title is 'Long Melford Green on a frosty morning'. The year after painting the splendid group of elms that dominates the composition, he began work on the illustrations for 'Trees in Britain' (published by Puffin in 1942). Sadly, the elms, victims of Dutch elm disease, no longer stand on Long Melford Green.