Great Dunmow has a fabulous little old, disused jail or lock-up.

The plaque on the wall sums up some of its history:

“This small single cell prison ceased its function in 1843 when the Dunmow police station opened. During the 1890’s this disused Lock-up was adapted to be a Soup Kitchen to help feed the poor of the area during those hard years. Lady Warwick is reputed to have provided venison for the kitchen from her neighboring lands.”

The lock-up was used most recently by a local cobbler who died a few years ago and the building was left to Dunmow Town Council who had some plans to turn it into a museum, but with the onset of the recession these plans have clearly been shelved and the building (which is a Grade 1 listed building) is slowly falling into disrepair.

The other week some drunken idiots kicked the door in  (rather belying its previous use) and I noticed that the door was open as I walked past it. Well, you can’t miss an opportunity like that so I popped in with my camera and got a series of shots. It really was a delight to find some of the old cobblers tools and the ancient radio and TV that were left in there and it’s such a shame that the Dunmow public have been deprived of this for so long.

Living in Great Dunmow we are about an hours drive away from the nearest coast line. We popped over to Mersea Island earlier this year…it was a particularly grey, cold and wet day but I was able to capture this picture of the Brightlingsea Beach Huts from across the water.
I love all the different colours, and believe me, you needed some colour on that particularly drab day. I’ve not been to Brightlingsea, perhaps I’ll visit during the Summer.

Between Great Dunmow and Little Easton as you drive out towards Thaxted you may have noticed a couple of derelict buildings – just next to the by pass from Tesco’s through the Woodlands Park development. I had a little rummage around these a few weeks ago and picked up some interesting shots.

This sums up the rather gloomy, slightly depressing, atmosphere in this rapidly decaying building. Let’s hope the contractors sort this out a bit quicker than they sort out the by-pass!

Update 2014…this has now been completely demolished.

Tilty Church was originally a chapel to the Cistercian Abbey of Tilty, ruins of which can still be seen a short way from the Church. The Chapel was outside the Abbey which meant it could be used by local people, including women who were not allowed within the precincts of a Cistercian Abbey. The oldest part of the Church (the nave) dates from around 1220 with the Porch and bell turret being erected in the 18th Century to complete the Church as it stands today.

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Welcome to Flitch Photography. We are based in the small market town of Great Dunmow in Essex, famous for their Flitch Trials held every four years. Dunmow is in the district of Uttlesford and is near Saffron Walden, Bishops Stortford, Chelmsford and Stansted Airport.

We hope to help change your perception of Essex and show its many attractive sides.

This is a picture taken on 30th May 2010 of the windmill at Aythorpe Roding. If you click the image you can see a larger version of this.