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PUBLISHED: 11:29 21 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:29 21 November 2018

FINCHINGFIELD’S WINDMILL
The Mill positioned 20ft above street level and looking down on its one-time Mill House adds great status.

FINCHINGFIELD’S WINDMILL The Mill positioned 20ft above street level and looking down on its one-time Mill House adds great status.

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James Merriott makes a seasonal return to Finchingfield to pain this stunning Essex treasure in the snow

In 1951 I remember well the celebrations of the Festival of Britain in London. At that time the festival committee selected four villages in Britain to present to tourists as examples of our most picturesque villages.

BRIDGE OVER DUCK POND
Must be crossed in the car with much caution, not only narrow, but ducks crossing the road need ‘right of way’BRIDGE OVER DUCK POND Must be crossed in the car with much caution, not only narrow, but ducks crossing the road need ‘right of way’

Finchingfield was one of the four chosen and became much visited at the event, remaining a popular tourist attraction ever since. The festival committee certainly made the right choice as fabulous Finchingfield has everything that you can think of to contribute to the perfect village.

COTTAGES ON THE BANK
Very easy to call this particular watercolour ‘cottages on and bank or hillside’, but to me it reveals much more, being absolutely wonderful.COTTAGES ON THE BANK Very easy to call this particular watercolour ‘cottages on and bank or hillside’, but to me it reveals much more, being absolutely wonderful.

You will find picturesque cottages and undulating greens, the duck pond and bridge, the historic windmill and cosy pubs, and not least a collection of charming teashops.

FINCHINGFIELDS PANORANMIC LANDSCAPE
I regard this breath-taking view as a landscape without equal and has been painted countless times by countless artists.FINCHINGFIELDS PANORANMIC LANDSCAPE I regard this breath-taking view as a landscape without equal and has been painted countless times by countless artists.

Painting Finchingfield for the December issue gave me immense pleasure and I have to admit that painting snow is not as difficult as traditional landscapes. It is however a great lesson in what not to paint, leaving white paper depicting highlights and the snow covering landscape.

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH
In keeping with the whole of the village, St. John’s Church is outstandingly beautiful.ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH In keeping with the whole of the village, St. John’s Church is outstandingly beautiful.

What incredibly picturesque watercolours they make, and whether painting them as summer scenes or snow scenes, I can only say that revisiting this village for a Christmas feature gave me immense enjoyment as well as a feeling of producing something very special.

THE FOX INN
Even with a fall of snow, I couldn’t help adding patrons at the outside tables.THE FOX INN Even with a fall of snow, I couldn’t help adding patrons at the outside tables.

For me this village truly is fabulous Finchingfield!

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The competition closes at 6pm on December 21, 2018. Usual promotion rules apply. For full terms and conditions, visit www.essexlifemag.co.uk

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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