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Great Dunmow

This long-standing market town is rich in character and sharp on individuality with a high street full of great independent shops and businesses many of which are still housed in buildings dating back hundreds of years. From wine shops to coffee and tea treasures, inns and guest houses to quirky gift and homeware shops.

Great Dunmow is probably most famous for its Flitch Trials, held each leap year. A Flitch of bacon is awarded to participating couples who are able to satisfy the judge and jury that they have lived in married harmony without arguing for a year and a day. The ancient custom was first held in 1104. However, it was not until 1445 that the winners of the Flitch were officially recorded. A reference to The Dunmow Flitch can even be found in The Wife of Bath’s Tale within Chaucer’s 14th century Canterbury Tales.

If you can’t wait for the Flitch Trials, then come and visit the Maltings Museum and discover the history of Great Dunmow. The Maltings is an outstanding survival of the early malting and brewing industry, last functional in 1948 as part of the old Dunmow Brewery Company. The oldest parts of the maltings date from the 16th century, though the building is recorded as having undergone major refurbishment around 1780 followed by further modification in the 19th century.

After an abortive attempt in 1992 to dismantle and relocate the building to avoid its demolition, The Maltings was recorded by the Essex Historic Buildings Group. After temporary work to halt further structural deterioration the Great Dunmow Maltings Preservation Trust was formed in 1996 with the express purpose of preserving and restoring the building. The Maltings is also home to the Great Dunmow Town Museum.

A popular visitor attraction, the Maltings is available for hire for meetings, social activities, exhibitions and for civil wedding ceremonies https://www.greatdunmowmaltings.uk/

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