Welcome to the information page for the listening bench installed in Great Dunmow, Essex.
Here you can find out more about the clips featured on the bench. There is also information about the Dunmow Historical and Literary Society, which put the clips together.
As 2016 is a Flitch Year (to be held on 9 July 2016), it was decided that for the launch of the Dunmow Listening Bench, a preview of the famous Flitch Trials for marriage fidelity would be interesting. The recordings currently on the bench were carried out by BBC Essex in 1987 and 1988. The Dunmow Historical and Literary Society have edited the recordings with the help of the Essex Record Office. You can read more about the full recordings on Essex Archives Online: the 1987 programme and the 1988 programme.
The clips on Button 1 outline the history of the Dunmow Flitch, as well as a snapshot of the court proceedings. There is also an interview from a name linked to the Flitch for many years, that of Claire Rayner, a well-known broadcaster, novelist, campaigner for health issues, and agony aunt. For many years she acted as one of the barristers during the court room procedures of the Flitch. The clips on Button 2 were taken from the Flitch courtroom, with anecdotes from the candidates.
Location of the bench in Great Dunmow
The bench is located in the town square, opposite the Library.
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