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 Proposed changes to parking and waiting restrictions in Dedham.  Following the Parish Council meeting on Monday 4th July 2015, the proposed changes are to be reviewed and new ones to be submitted for the October meeting.

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Dedham is frequently rated as containing some of England's most beautiful Lowland landscape, most particularly the water meadows of the River Stour, which passes along the northern boundary of the village forming the boundary between Essex and Suffolk. Dedham has a central nuclear settlement around the Church and the junction of Mill Lane and the High Street (part of the B1029). Connected to Dedham are the hamlets of The Heath and Lamb Corner. The village forms a key part of the Dedham Vale.

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.

Dedham PC's reports on the Sites can be found here:

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.

COLCHESTER BOROUGH COUNCIL:  Preferred Options Leaflet.  Preferred Options for Dedham   Preferred Options - Dedham Map 

Dedham is part of the electoral ward called Dedham and Langham. The population of this ward at the 2011 Census was 2,943.[2]

For many years dating back to the nineteen hundreds, Dedham has been known as the place to hire a Rowing Boat. We have carried on that tradition and have 26 Clinker built Rowing Boats all for hire from 30 minutes to an hour or more for a leisurely row along the river Stour.

  A new Community Facebook has been set up called Dedham Vale Voice. Click here to link to it,  DEDHAM VALE VOICE.

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Events being held in Outstanding Week include a farm walk in aid of the Stour Valley Environment Fund More information...

Manningtree can easily be accessed by bicycle or by walking along the banks of the River Stour. Manningtree railway station provides regular, fast commuter services to London and Norwich. Colchester can be reached by bus. School buses service all the schools in Colchester and the independent schools in Ipswich.

  Revised bus timetables for Dedham  - There is a revision to the 81/81A service effective Tuesday 3rd May 2016.  Click here for the revised timetable,   81/81A Service.  The other changes came into effect on 11th April. The contractor for the 80/81 service will be Panther Travel and for the 102 service (Mon-Sat evenings and Sundays) will be First Essex Buses.    Revised Bus Timetables

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.

 The Essex County Council (Long Road East, Dedham) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2016. 

Flatford Mill, the Mill made famous by John Constable is just a mile and a half row along the river if you are feeling energetic. For those of you that would prefer an Ice Cream, drink or snack our kiosk is the ideal option with outside seating available.

Dedham is an idyllic Old English country village in Essex, on the border with neighbouring Suffolk. It is just off the A12 which links the main towns of Colchester and Ipswich.

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?

 Dedham Sites for CBC Local Plan - The comments agreed by CBC on the criteria for assessing sites has been submitted to CBC. Click here for the notes.   The call for sites page on the CBC website. 

In 1937, Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett-Haines founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Dedham. When, however, this burnt down, they moved to Hadleigh, Suffolk.

 Colchester Borough Local Plan - Dedham updates.   Following the drop-in session as part of the Preferred Options Consultation, the Parish Council has published a couple of documents to be presented at the Parish Council meeting on Monday 5th September.  Use the links below to access the documents. Any resident can also make personal comments on the proposals directly to CBC; the deadline for which is 16th September 2016.

Of longer influence in Dedham was the horse painter Sir Alfred Munnings, who became President of the Royal Academy. His house in Dedham, Castle House, now contains a gallery of his work, and his studio.

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.

Life Jackets are not provided as Boats are hired at the customer’s own risk and conditions of hire can be found on the reverse of the hire tickets and on the boards on the kiosk and jetty, which must be read and adhered to for safety reasons.

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.

Formerly a rich wool town and market town, Dedham is a flourishing commercial village, with a post office, butcher, Co-op, grocer, delicatessen, art shop and various other shops.[7] Agriculture is also important with mainly arable land (sugar beet and wheat) but also cattle grazing on the water meadows and some sheep on Grove Hill. There is an industrial estate near the A12 road, a main route passing the west of the village. A business centre and nursing home have recently opened.

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 contains a number of well-preserved buildings:

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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Dedham is a village within the borough of Colchester in northeast Essex, England, on the River Stour and the border of Essex and Suffolk. The nearest town to Dedham is the small market town of Manningtree.

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The charming Southfields building was once a factory when Dedham was a prosperous wool town. It is now a series of cottages.

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.

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.

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