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takes its name from Markfield House which stood near this spot. It was owned by a wealthy building contractor William Hobson who was responsible for constructing Martello Towers along the coast, a network of fortifications intended to defend against an invasion by Napoleon. In June and July 1806 John Constable stayed for more than a fortnight with him and his family. Two sketchbooks survive from those weeks, filled with drawings of people at rest, enjoying themselves or in conversation. The estate was sold to developers in 1879.