Dedham is a small and attractive town in the North of Essex, 6 miles from Colchester and close to the River Stour. It is surrounded by the lovely Vale of Dedham, forever associated with the painter John Constable, who attended school in Dedham.
The stately St. Mary's Church appears in several of Constable's paintings, and in the churchyard is buried the artist Tom Keating, famous for his forgeries of works of art.
Castle House was the home of another much respected painter, Alfred Munnings, and now contains a museum devoted to his work.
On the edge of the town is Southfields, a timber framed and gabled building which was the home and factory of a prosperous Tudor weaver.
In the High Street are two old inns, the Sun and the Marlborough Head, and the outstanding tea shop known as the Essex Rose.
This area on the borders of Essex and Suffolk is known as Constable Country.