St Mary's, Dedham

High Street, Dedham
Essex CO7 6DE

We are delighted to be performing in the stunning church at Dedham for the first time. The church is hosting the Philharmonia Voices concert on Tuesday 2nd October 2012.

History of the church

The present parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Dedham was built in the 15th century. Building work started in 1492, the year that Columbus discovered America, and St Mary's was completed 30 years later, before King Henry VIII made himself head of the Church in England.

The tower, completed in 1519, is actually an independent structure and is particularly imposing for a church of this size. It is said that Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, paid for the tower to be built. The tower is 131 feet high and is the most striking feature in this part of the Stour Valley.

Capacity: 350

Food, drink and accommodation:

There are two pubs in Dedham, both yards from the church.

The Sun Inn, High Street, Dedham, CO7 6DF   01206 323 351
Kitchen open 12 noon - 2.30pm and 6.30-9.30pm. Rooms £105-£115

The Marlborough Head Hotel, Mill Lane, Dedham, CO7 6DH   01206 323 250
Kitchen open 11.30am -11pm. Rooms £55-65

For supper, we recommend Dedham boathouse 01206 323 153
Mill Lane, Dedham Co7 6DH

For accommodation we recommend 

Dedham Hall Brook Street, Dedham CO7 6AD 01206 323 027
Supper £35, Double rooms £170 (they also offer week-long art courses; the courses from 22-29 September and 29 September - 6 October are on watercolours)

Maison Talbooth 01206 322367 are booked out for the 6th October.
Stratford Road, Dedham CO7 6HN, England

B&Bs in nearby villages

The Granary B&B, Flatford (6 miles - or 1 mile by boat downriver)

Rosemary B&B, East Bergholt (4 miles)

Emsworth House, Bradfield (7 miles)

Oak Apple Farm, Langham (3 miles)

This website also has some suggestions on places to stay.