Dedham contains a number of well-preserved buildings:

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

 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.

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.

 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. 

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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.

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.

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

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.

 Polling Districts and Polling Stations Review.    Click here for the Borough Notice. 

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.

PARISH COUNCIL:  Review of the Local Plan.    Additional draft review of the Local Plan. 


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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.

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.

Tom Keating, the art restorer and famous art forger, was a Dedham resident until his death in 1984. He is buried in the churchyard of Dedham Parish Church.[5]

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.

  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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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.

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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Present Day DedhamDedham is situated on the banks of the River Stour, with a cluster of houses gathered around the church. Adjoining the village are two more hamlets of Lamb Corner and The Heath, both with their own delightful pubs, cottages and shops.

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

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