Dedham  Essex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Dedham like this:

DEDHAM, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Lexden district, Essex. The village stands on the river Stour, in a fine valley, at the boundary with Suffolk, 2¾ miles N of Ardleigh r. station, and 3½ W by N of Manningtree; consists chiefly of one street; and has a post office‡ under Colchester, and a fair on Easter Tuesday. ...

It was mentioned at Domesday; had a great clothing trade in the time of Richard II.; and was long a market-town. The parish comprises 2, 551 acres. Real property, £8, 349. Pop., 1, 734. Houses, 402. The property is much subdivided. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £170.* Patron, the Duchy of Lancaster. The church is later English, with a fine tower; and was restored in 1862. A lectureship rectory, endowed by Burkitt, the commentator, is a separate benefice. Value, £430.* Patron, the Governor of t he grammar-school. There is an Independent chapel. The grammar school was founded in 1571, and rebuilt in 1868; and it has £254 from endowment for ordinary uses, and £55 for exhibitions at St. John's college, Cambridge. Another school has £18. Dunton's alms-houses have £91; and other charities have £108. -The sub-district contains five parishes. Acres, 12, 642. Pop., 4, 553. Houses, 1, 032.

Dedham through time

Dedham is now part of Colchester district. Click here for graphs and data of how Colchester has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Dedham itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Dedham, in Colchester and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th May 2024

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