Picture of the benches by the doctors pond
  • Picture of the benches by the doctors pond
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  • Photo of the shops in market place
  • Picture of Dunmow High Street with the war memorial
  • Photo of the old town hall
  • Photo of the entrance way to The Maltings
  • Photo of the Chuch
  • Photo of the fields


Great Dunmow is a small market town dating back to Roman times.  Steeped in history with mellow plaster cottages, riverside church and beautifully restored Malting. 

The town is well known for its four-yearly ritual of the "Flitch Trials", famously mentioned in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.  Couples must convince a jury of six local bachelors and six local maidens that they have never wished themselves un-wed for a year and a day. If successful the couple are paraded along the High Street and receive a flitch of bacon.

The town's history is explained in the Maltings Museum on Mill Lane.  http://www.greatdunmowmaltings.co.uk/

Dunmow has a thriving selection of shops and cafes and can boast one of the few remaining High Streets in the UK to only have independent retailers.

Book Tickets


Saturday, 13th July 2024 - Saturday, 13th July 2024

Dunmow Flitch TrialsThe 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'.
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Saturday, 21st September 2024 - Saturday, 21st September 2024

Great Dunmow CarnivalGet ready for a day filled with laughter, excitement, and community spirit at the Great Dunmow Carnival 2024!
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Map & Directions

Great Dunmow


Stortford Road, DUNMOW, Essex, CM6 1DG

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