A public footpath runs from Dedham to East Bergholt in one direction and Flatford in the other, a distance of 1½ miles to either village.
Address: Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum,Castle House,Dedham
The main street in Dedham is charming, with many half-timbered houses and larger Georgian townhouses lining the road. The village has a number of well-preserved buildings including Sherman's Hall, a Georgian-fronted townhouse which is now Grade I listed and managed by The National Trust.
Visit Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum at Castle House and you will find the largest single collection of Munnings' works, fittingly displayed in the home he was so proud to own.
Succulent pork pies from Evans the butcher and Suffolk honey from the Dedham Gourmet.
The Beth Chatto Gardens are a more recent attraction in the area, developed from wasteland in the 1960s and now a beautiful informal garden which is open to the public.
The Dedham Treasure Hunt Trail should be purchased prior to leaving home. Once you have your Trail booklet in your hand you're good to go!
The Dedham Vale Hopper service stopped in front of the church. There was a wedding taking place, so we could not go inside. The church yard was quiet and sadly we could not find the grave of the well known artist and forger, Tom Keating.The church was painted a great many times by Sir Alfred Munnings who lived nearby at Castle House.
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The Boat House Café (01206 323153), by the Stour, is very civilised and has a sensible menu of summer specials for around £6. On the outskirts of Dedham is Hall Farm Shop and Café (01206 323600; www.hallfarmshop.co.uk), with a sunny terrace, home-made soups and bangers and mash. Chickens cluck at your feet and the occasional escaped piglet scampers by.
Where would you send a first-time visitor? Castle House (01206 322127; www.siralfredmunnings.co.uk), the former home of the painter Sir Alfred Munnings. Now a delightful museum, it has a large collection of his paintings, a lovely garden and his studio to visit.
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Walking with my dogs along the Stour to Flatford Mill through water meadows filled with buttercups. Docile cows stand in the water on a hot summer’s day (above, right); Dedham church tower rises above the silvery willow trees. The landscape has changed very little since Constable painted it 200 years ago.
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The nearest sizeable town to Dedham is Manningtree, a market town about five miles away which claims to be the smallest town in England, with just 700 people.
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Sherman's Hall is a Grade 1 Listed, Georgian-fronted townhouse, built circa 1735The most obvious feature of interest is the ornate sundial, mounted on a ramped parapet at the front of the house...The front of the building has been deliberately modelled on the east wing of the Grammar School on the opposite side of Dedham's Royal Square...Sherman's Hall now belongs to the National Trust...
The charming Southfields building was once a factory when Dedham was a prosperous wool town. It is now a series of cottages.
The mediaeval Sun Inn still has its arch which led to the stables at the rear during its coaching days. The fine black-and-white building of the Marlborough Head Inn became an inn in the early 1700s but it was built much earlier.
Dedham was also the home of the famous early 20th century horse painter, Sir Alfred Munnings. While Constable's work went unrecognized until after his death, Munnings fared better and became the President of the Royal Academy. He lived in Castle House in Dedham which is now a gallery showing his works.
The Trail begins in the centre of Dedham and leads you through a churchyard and the park before returning to the High Street of this picturesque location. Enjoy olde worlde charm and fabulous countryside views as you explore this village closely associated with the painter Constable.
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Directions: I walked to the Museum,not that far from the village centre,a mile or so I'd say.
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Things to do in Dedham
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Take a trip to Castle House in Dedham.Set in lovely grounds,the house,gardens and the great man's old studio are a delight to visit.His depictions of East Anglian rural life and specifically horses are just temendous.Open: Easter Sun - first Sun in October.Sun,Wed,Bank Hol Mon.plus Thur and Sat in August.14.00 - 17.00hrs.Best to check with Museum re opening hours.
Sometimes you just want to speak to a real person though, so call one of the team on 01872 263692, Monday - Friday 9am - 5.30pm.
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The Sun Inn opposite the church on the High Street has bags of charm. Crackling fires on chilly days, shabby chic, comfortable sofas, local artists’ paintings on the walls and vases of peonies. Try the local Adnams beer with the marinated olives and hot roasted almonds.
It is easy to park in the High Street, and there are a couple of free car parks on the edge of the village. Then walk everywhere.
Things to do in DedhamDedham is frequently said to have some of the most beautiful English landscapes with its scenic watermeadows. It is the perfect place for artists and photographers to visit as well as walkers, cyclists and those who enjoy outdoor pursuits at one with nature.
Dedham is the epitome of rural England as captured by artist John Constable on his canvas entitled Dedham Vale in 1802. Along with the Hay Wain it became one of his most famous landscape paintings. Constable went to school in Dedham at the Old Grammar School founded by Elizabeth I. Along with Well House it is a Grade I listed building which can be seen on Dedham High Street, now converted into private residences. Look for the initials J.C. carved into the stone wall - a modern-day prank perhaps?
A visit to Dedham Vale nearby will reveal the true "Constable Country" where the artist lived and painted. Flatford Bridge Cottage has a display about Constable's life and work.
Constable's work The Ascension can be seen within St Mary's Parish Church. The church was built in the 15th century on the site of an even earlier place of worship and was paid for by Thomas Webbe, a local cloth manufacturer. It is a grand building with many tall arched windows letting plenty of natural light into the rich interior.
Directions: 0n the corner of East Lane, to the left, as you go up the steep hill, out of Dedham
The easiest and quickest way to get the most up to date version of the Dedham Treasure Trail is to order a download version off the website. You will instantly get a link to download a PDF file of the Trail for you to print at home. This can be done at any time of day or night for instant access.
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If you are looking to do the Trail today and don't have a printer, we do have a couple of local retailers (use the search below) or why not purchase a download and go to a local library where you can print it off. If there are no other options though, with a little patience (due to scale and format) the Trail can be used on a tablet and at a push a phone.
Le Talbooth (01206 323150) on the Stour. Dinner is very fancy (above, inset) in the elegant dining room, with some local fresh dishes on the menu.