Dedham, right on the border with Suffolk, yet part of "Constable Country". Separated from Suffolk by a river, Constable was born in East Bergholt on the Suffolk side, but attended the grammar school here in Dedham.
The village has the 16th century church of St Mary, which appears in his paintings, with its 131 feet high tower.
Once prosperous in the 16th century, by the early 20th century, with no railway link, the town stagnated.
Now visitors from all over the world visit, so the area is very busy in the summer.
Some timber framed buildings remain, and there are some early-Georgian buildings, including the Grammar School.
Other famous people from here include the Sherman family whose descendant designed the Sherman tank, and Sir Alfred Munnings, the horse artist.
Small shops here as well as an arts centre and a museum.
Gnome Magic Go and say hello to the Gnome's.
Mistley Place Park 3.6 miles An Animal Rescue Centre with rescued animals.
High Woods County Park 5.2 miles Take some time to relax at this popular beauty spot.
Leisure World 5.7 miles Water fun and sports activities for all.
Rollerworld 5.7 miles Have fun roller skating at this rink.
Colchester Castle 6.1 miles The castle has one of the largest Norman keeps and houses the Museum.
Mistley Towers 3.7 miles The remains of a Georgian church.
East Bergholt Place Gardens 1.8 miles A garden with some rare trees and shrubs.
Dedham Art & Craft Centre Three floors of arts and crafts.
Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum View the paintings of Sir Alfred Munnings.
Willy Lott's Cottage 1.2 miles A charming Suffolk cottage at Flatford.
Deanery Tower 6.1 miles The tower is what remains of a former 15th century Archdeacon's palace.
Bourne Mill 6.6 miles A rather pleasant Elizabethan building converted into a mill.
Manningtree Museum 3.1 miles The small local museum.
Hollytrees Museum 6.1 miles Discover the social history of the town in this vibrant, redeveloped museum.
Natural History Museum 6.1 miles The natural history of this area of Essex.
Over the border to East Bergholt, the birthplace of Constable.
Towns Near Dedham To Visit - straight line distance:East Bergholt (1.62 miles) Manningtree (3.11 miles) Mistley (3.94 miles) Nayland (5.20 miles)