Great Bardfield – Our local area

Visit our Local Attractions

The Great Lodge and Anne of Cleeves Barn

Henry VIII is said to have given Great Bardfield to Anne of Cleves as part of his divorce settlement and a number of buildings in the village are associated with Anne, including The Grade II listed Great Lodge and its associated Grade I listed barn, now named after her. The 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) grounds include the Grade I listed barn and a vineyard.

The Bardfield Cage and Bardfield Museum

Great Bardfield is home to the Bardfield Cage, a 19th-century village lock-up, and the Bardfield Museum. a windmill which has been converted to a house.

The Bardfield Oxlip

Great Bardfield is important as the home of a rare plant only found where Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire meet. Originally it was thought that Oxlips were cowslip-primrose hybrids, but in 1842 Henry Doubleday and Charles Darwin conducted tests on plants collected from Great Bardfield and concluded that this was not so. For a while the plant was known as the Bardfield Oxlip. The common cowslip-primrose hybrid is known as the False Oxlip.