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WIN a wonderful watercolour of Bures village centre

PUBLISHED: 10:35 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 19 June 2018

BURES HAMLET VILLAGE CENTRE
Beautiful colour washed shops combine so well with the colourful village sign.

BURES HAMLET VILLAGE CENTRE Beautiful colour washed shops combine so well with the colourful village sign.

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James Merriott continues his watercolour tour of the county with a visit to the River Stour and the Essex landscape that borders Suffolk. Once again you can win one of his fantastic original works

I have always adored Bures, not least because of the magnificence of the River Stour. Of course, this is a part of the country that has famously inspired many landscape artists, including some of the most talented and highly-regarded that our nation has ever produced.

CHAPEL OF ST. STEPHEN
Dating back to 1218 it is the oldest building in the village and can be reached from a lane off Cuckoo Hill.CHAPEL OF ST. STEPHEN Dating back to 1218 it is the oldest building in the village and can be reached from a lane off Cuckoo Hill.

Most notable of these is John Constable and it is he who gives this area it’s acquired title of Constable Country.

MOUNT BURES
I did move the village sign over from the right to produce this magical scene. A village view I dream of finding.MOUNT BURES I did move the village sign over from the right to produce this magical scene. A village view I dream of finding.

The village straddles the river with Bures St Mary in Suffolk and Bures Hamlet in Essex. Additionally, approximately half a mile or so from the river lies the beautiful Mount Bures in Essex.

RIVER STOUR
Viewed from Bures Hamlet where the Colchester Road runs alongside the river.RIVER STOUR Viewed from Bures Hamlet where the Colchester Road runs alongside the river.

On the Suffolk side and essential to be included in this feature is the unique Chapel of St Stephen located in glorious countryside. From the churchyard the amazing artwork of a dragon can be seen beautifully cut into a distant hillside.

ST. JOHNS CHURCH
Another glorious subject which I found gave  prominence on the magnificent village sign.ST. JOHNS CHURCH Another glorious subject which I found gave prominence on the magnificent village sign.

Mount Bures was a wonderful new find for me. A lovely part of my day was having to stop at the level crossing in the village, allowing a train to pass as it stopped at Bures before going on to Sudbury.

ST. MARYS & RIVER STOUR
St. Marys is in a beautiful position close to the River. Painted from the Essex bank, removing some of the foliage from the watercolour presents a superb view.ST. MARYS & RIVER STOUR St. Marys is in a beautiful position close to the River. Painted from the Essex bank, removing some of the foliage from the watercolour presents a superb view.

I should also add that one of my idols, American airman John T Appleby (1907-1974), in his delightful book Suffolk Summer written in 1945, described Bures, more than 70 years ago, exactly as it can be seen today. It’s nice to know some parts of our countryside haven’t changed.

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The competition closes at 6pm on July 31, 2018. Usual promotion rules apply.

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You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210728 or visit www.cottagecornerart.co.uk

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