Visit Great Dunmow and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Great Dunmow, Essex. Great Dunmow is on the main Roman road (Stane Street), now the A120 from Bishop's Stortford to Braintree. Little Dunmow is 2½ miles to the east on the side road which leads to Felsted. The River Chelmer passes through the former and not far from the latter. It was at Great Dunmow that the fine amateur artist Sir George Beaumont was brought up. He became the first patron of John Constable and one of the two co-founders of the National Gallery. He lived at Clock House, a timber-framed house of the mid-l6th century, which owes its name to the clock turret dated c. 1651. The Church of St Mary, outside the town, has been much restored. Inside is a l5th-century wooden balcony and some stained glass of the same period. There are monuments to the Beaumont family.
In the town near the square is Doctor's Pond where the first lifeboat was tested in 1785 by Lionel Lukin. An early work of G. G. Scott was the Workhouse of 1840 on the Chelmsford road.
The famous flitch of bacon which the name of Dunmow brings to mind is presented at Little Dunmow to any couple able to swear, and prove, that they have never regretted their marriage for a “year and a day”! The ancient ceremony goes back to the time of Robert Fitzwalter, the marshal of the group which forced the Magna Carta on the King. One of his family, Walter (d. 1432), is commemorated in a beautiful tomb in the Church of St Mary.
The church is part of the priory of Augustinian canons founded in 1106 and long since destroyed except for its Lady Chapel, which forms the village church, and to which was added a turret in 1872. The present north wall was thus the south arcade of the original chapel and is notable for its superb piers, c. 1200. In the middle of the 14th century five windows were added, of which four have Decorated tracery, while the fifth is Perpendicular in style. In the chancel is the chair in which sits the winner of the flitch. The monument to Walter Fitzwalter, already mentioned, is one of the finest 15th-century English sculptures.
Nearby airports: Stansted Airport
Nearby towns: Bishop's Stortford, Braintree, Chelmsford, Harlow, Saffron Walden
Nearby villages: Abbess Roding, Barnston, Birchanger, Broxted, Chickney, Debden, Elsenham, Felsted, Finchingfield, Good Easter, Great Bardfield, Great Canfield, Great Easton, Great Easton, Great Hallingbury, Great Leighs, Great Saling, Great Waltham, Hatfield Broad Oak, Hatfield Heath, Henham, High Easter, High Roding, Lindsell, Little Canfield, Little Dunmow, Little Waltham, Margaret Roding, Matching, Panfield, Pleshey, Quendon, Rayne, Shalford, Sheering, Stansted Mountfitche, Stebbing, Takeley, Thaxted, Tilty, Ugley, Wethersfield, White Roding, Widdington
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