Parsonage Downs is an area in the north of the town of Great Dunmow. As these pictures shows, it is one of the prettiest areas of Great Dunmow.
In medieval times, the area was dominated by the manor of Newton Hall (owned then by Mr Kynwelmarshe). In more recent times, in the first part of the twentieth century, Newton Hall was owned by Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy. Lord Byng unveiled Great Dunmow’s War Memorial in July 1921. Today, many younger Great Dunmowians will know this area very well as the site of their school – the Helena Romanes Secondary School.
All photos below were taken on Good Friday 2012 by The Narrator. © Essex Voices Past.
Edwardian Parsonage Downs, Great Dunmow. All postcards below are in the personal collection of The Narrator. Newton Hall postcard was posted in 1905. The second postcard below is a similar view to the second photo above.