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.