Right on the Essex/Suffolk border, Dedham is probably the best known Essex village. We spent a lovely sunny afternoon there today, walking around the village, visiting the Dedham Craft Centre, and loooking round the wonderful church of St. Mary’s.
We joined a tour of the church and went up the tower – but we didn’t get to the very top as I lost my nerve! I did, however, get the chance to ring one of the bells which was a great thrill.
We walked a short way along the side of the River Stour and looked across the Dedham Vale just as the painter John Constable did. We could have walked the mile or so along the river to Flatford Mill, (as we have done many times in the past) but we decided to leave that for another day.
There are some pictures from the day below. We’ll be putting together a proper guide to Dedham on the site in due course, but a quick tip is that as it gets very, very busy during summer, a fine autumn/winter day in the months to come would be perfect for a visit.