Vale of Dedham 1828
Said to be along the winding River Stour, to Dedham village and the estuary beyond, and that this view is from Gun Hill looking towards Dedham Church.
Dedham Vale 1802
was an earlier visit to the same location
Dedham Church and Vale
It is said these images are painted from Gun Hill, just east of Langham, grid reference TM040331, Multimap but if you line up on the Ordnance Survey map Gun Hill with the estuary you find Dedham Church will be on the left of the image, and you will be a little lower than the image shows, in fact the lowest of these three images 'Dedham Church and Vale' maybe from Gun Hill.
To the north west, a short distance, is Langham Church, the ground at this point is the same height at Gun Hill, and between the church and the river is a valley or dip, although you can't see it, as its covered in woodland now. You can see it on the contours on the largest scale OS map at grid ref TM035337, Multimap. This location lines up far better on the map with the river, and the position of Dedham Church. From the top of the church tower at Langham, he would have had a higher viewpoint, and be in line with this. You can see a dip running down through the woodland in the aerial photo. In Constables time this woodland would not have existed.
I think he produced these images from the top of the church tower at Langham.
Langham Hall was built in 1756, and is open to visitors by appointment, one afternoon a month, see details. The photos of it don't appear to show any major tower, it appears to be a large 2 storey brick built house with rooms in the roof as well. The church tower would therefore appear to be a better viewpoint.
Langham Church 2010
Langham Church yard looking towards Dedham - trees, trees, and more trees.
The track past Langham Church going north looses height, but comes out of the trees. I could not get a tree free view East towards Dedham at any height, but the view in the above photo is North East towards the village of Stratford St Mary, which is near Dedham and about the same distance away. This gives an idea of the angle of view and the level of wood coverage if I was able to get the view I was after.
If you experiment with Google Maps Earth view and line up Langham Church or Langham Hall with Dedham and the estuary you can get the river shapes to line up as in the top painting.
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