Preserving the vernacular architecture

Through the Society we celebrate and try to preserve the vernacular architecture of the Vale and its ancient buildings many of which date from the medieval wool trade.

Our membership has, over the years, included many distinguished architects, from Marshall Sisson, who gave the early 18th century Sherman’s Hall in Dedham High Street to the National Trust in 1949, to Raymond Erith who built the waterworks buildings in Dedham that resemble classical orangeries instead of the concrete monstrosities once threatened.

We have also been able to call on the skills of Erith’s successor, Quinlan Terry, who has played a part in the maintenance of the churches of the Vale and, in the design of Frog Meadow, Dedham, in pioneering the revival of traditional styles of architecture in infill housing in the 1970s, as the Prince of Wales was to do later in Poundbury.

The expert knowledge and experience of our committee members has been central in consulting with local plans and promoting village design statements to enshrine what local residents think is important about the character of the area.