The talks will be at Harts Bookshop in King Street, Saffron Walden and the concert is in Saffron Hall.

We must ensure that this unique local tradition continues for hundreds more years. So if you haven't seen or heard of the Dunmow Flitch Trials before, take a browse through this website, then come and watch the trials.

The town's history is explained in the Maltings Museum on Mill Lane.

A gammon was awarded to Mr Jonathan & Mrs Caroline Spooner of Great Dunmow, Essex.

There will be a free Star Wars day at Braintree District Museum on September 24. 10am – 4pm.

A reference to The Dunmow Flitch can even be found in The Wife of Bath's Tale within Chaucer's 14th century Canterbury Tales.

Dunmow Tennis Club held their summer junior and adult tennis tournament finals day on Sunday.

Dunmow athletes will join the likes of Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee in Mexico at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final this week.

A seven-wicket home win for Dunmow over Ipswich & East Suffolk rounded off their Two Counties League Division Two season in style on Saturday as they finished fourth in the table.

The A120 from the M11 to Braintree by-passes the town, the former route has now been re-designated the B1256.

Comedy duo Croft and Pearce will bring their acclaimed Edinburgh Festival show to Ickleton Village Hall on Saturday, October 8 for a comedy night supported by young actors from Cambridge University Footlights and introduced by actors Jason Merrells (star of Casualty, Cutting It and Safe House) and Emma Lowndes who played Mrs Drewe in Downton Abbey. The couple used to live in Ickleton.

Sep 2016 - The Town Council elected Danielle Frost as Town Mayor & Jonathan Cadwallader as Deputy

As the crow-flies it is just under 6 miles (10 km) from Stansted Airport and the nearby M11 motorway to the west.

Lawnmower racing was “fast and furious” at Blake House last weekend (September 10-11), reaching speeds of up to 32 miles per hour.

Dunmoweb provides a list of Links to useful websites about the town of Great Dunmow and the surrounding area. The links have been divided into categories to help you find the information you need.

Great Dunmow is probably best known for the Flitch Trials, which take place every four years. Couples have to convince a jury they have not argued during the last year and if they succeed, they win a flitch of bacon. You can learn about the ceremony in the History Links section.

The internationally acclaimed cast for Die Walkure includes Andrew Greenan, Elaine McKrill, Michael Bracegirdle and Elisabeth Meister. They will be accompanied by Saffron Opera Group Orchestra conducted by Michael Thorne.

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Great Dunmow is an ancient market town in north-west Essex with an estimated population (2008) of 8,480. The Town Council consists of 16 members: 7 representing the North Ward and 9 for the South Ward.

The second Halifax Rural Areas Quality of Life Survey ranked Uttlesford District as the 4th best place to live in the UK out of 114 rural authority areas surveyed (one in which the majority of residents live in towns or villages with populations of less than 10,000).[2]

The Dunmow Flitch Trials exist to award a flitch of bacon to married couples from anywhere in the world, if they can satisfy the Judge and Jury of 6 maidens and 6 bachelors that in 'twelvemonth and a day', they have 'not wisht themselves unmarried again'.

Great Dunmow was located on the GHQ Line, a series of defences and concrete Pillboxes built to hinder an anticipated German invasion. Many of these still remain and are clearly visible along the Chelmer Valley, one being located on the west bank of the River Chelmer in meadows behind the Dourdan Pavilion and recreation ground.

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On Saturday Takeley beat Tower Hamlets 7-2 in the FA Vase, however on Tuesday night Marc Das’ side were held to 1-1 Essex Senior League draw by the same opponents.


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Celebrations for an 108th birthday happened in a Great Dunmow care home last week (Friday, September 9).

Celebrated violinist Nicola Benedetti returns to Saffron Hall on September 24 to play Brahms Violin Concerto No 1 and Bruckner Symphony No 4.

A recently declassified military nuclear bunker on the outskirts of the town[7] was sold for a reported £22,000 and is now used as a secure data centre for nuclear weapons research.[8]

Originally the site of a Roman settlement on Stane Street, the town thrived during the Middle Ages. Many buildings survive from this period, including a sixteenth-century town hall. Dunmow means "Meadow on the Hill".[3] The settlement was variously referred to as Dunmow Magna, Much Dunmow, or most commonly Great Dunmow.

A Roman small town developed on the junction between Stane Street and the Roman roads which ran north-east to south-west from Sudbury to London and north-west to southeast from Cambridge to Chelmsford. The main settlement area spread westwards from the road junction, with cemeteries on the outskirts. There was a second Roman settlement at Church End immediately to the north of present-day Great Dunmow. The site likely included a rural Roman Temple.[4]

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The Flitch Trials are held every 4 years in Great Dunmow, Essex, England. The town is located north-east of London, just off the A120 between the M11 at Stansted Airport and Colchester: view a map

A Thaxted man who attacked his wife after claiming she was taking up too much space in their bed has been given a suspended jail sentence.

The Town Council actively defends, promotes and represents Great Dunmow - working hard to ensure the town motto of May Dunmow Prosper continues to be a reality in the future.

Great Dunmow is a historic market town in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England. It is situated on the north of the A120 road, approximately midway between Bishop's Stortford and Braintree, 6 miles east of London Stansted Airport.

Takeley stormed through to the second round qualifying of the FA Vase with a 7-2 win over Tower Hamlets on Saturday.

The web is a great source of up-to-date information: cinema programs, horoscopes, newspapers, traffic reports and television listings are regularly updated and can be found in the Quick Links at the top of this page.

On the 9th July 2016 at the Dunmow Flitch Trials, Flitches of Bacon were won by:

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