Great Dunmow

Great Dunmow

Great Dunmow is a friendly, welcoming, historic and picturesque North Essex market town. Whilst the name ‘Dunmow’ is believed to derive from the Anglo Saxon word for ‘hill meadow’ or from the celtic ‘hill fort’ the towns origins reach back to beyond the Romans, the town occupying an important position on Stane Street, a main Roman route between Colchester and St Albans.

The town is well placed for access to the M11 Motorway, and the main railway line between Cambridge and London’s Liverpool Street can be easily reached; there is also a dedicated rail service to London via the station at the expanding Stansted Airport.

Dunmow is approximately 12 miles north of the Essex County Town of Chelmsford, 9 miles west of Braintree and 8 miles east of Bishop’s Stortford.

Great Dunmow is famed for its ancient custom of the Flitch Trials, which originated centuries ago but continues to be held each leap year. Successful happily married couples have to satisfy the judge and jury that they have lived in harmony for a year and a day, before they are awarded the prize of a flitch of bacon. Thousands of visitors (including many from abroad) receive a warm welcome when they come to join in the colourful, traditional celebrations associated with the trials.

With its interesting history all around you, Great Dunmow also has an interesting array of shops, restaurants, public houses, weekly market and other facilities.

Places of worship for various denominations are catered for along with infant, junior and comprehensive schools, and sports centre.

The beautiful downs and commons that surround Great Dunmow are a typical feature of the countryside in this, one of the loveliest parts of Essex.