May & Brett Ltd. was founded in 1935 by the late Basil May and Hubert Brett. Now run by Julian May, the third generation of May's to run the store. My Father Douglas, who has now retired, worked in the shop with his father and Uncle after qualifying as a Professional Printer at the London College of Printing. May & Brett is now a Department store in the busy market town of Great Dunmow in Essex, home of the ancient Flitch Trials.
Great Dunmow is the home of the Ancient Dunmow Flitch Trials
The Flitch Trials; Married couples battle it out under oath to convince a jury that 'in 12 month and a day' they have 'not wished themselves unmarried again'. Couples who satisfy the jury of six maidens and six bachelors of Dunmow, walk away with the 'flitch' - a side of bacon. Locals dressed as humble folk then parade the victors shoulder-high through the streets atop a wooden seat, known as the Priors Chair,
and much merrymaking ensues.
The trials actually started in Little Dunmow, some 3 miles from the town, around 1120 but since 1855 they have taken place in Great Dunmow.
What do we sell? Office Stationery and Furniture, Business Machines & Machine Supplies/Consumables, all types of Bespoke Printing for Business or Personal use including Printed Personal Christmas Cards, Personalised Ink Stampers, Newspapers & Periodicals, Greetings Cards, Sweets, Books, Toys, Games and Jigsaw Puzzles, Home Brew, Wine Making & Cider Making Supplies and Jam and Preserving Supplies. We are also National Lottery agents and we sell Postage Stamps, process Mobile eTop-Ups and Top-Up vouchers. There is also a Fax Bureau at the shop and we offer a Full Colour + B/W Photocopying Service.
If you have any queries; or would like to order any item in our store, please don't hesitate to call us on 08712 227805 or drop us an email for free help and advice. (Calls cost 10p/min from a UK landline. Calls from Mobiles and other networks may vary)
The shop is situated in the middle of the High Street in Great Dunmow in Essex, which is off the new A120, just 9 miles heading east from J/8a on the M11. There is ample parking in the town close to our store.
Our Store Opening Times:
Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 5:30pm
Sunday's & Bank Holidays: Closed all day
Our store is well worth a personal visit; and we look forward to seeing you.