History The Great Dunmow Maltings is a fully functioning museum, so it should come as no surprise that there's an impressive legacy of history under the timbered roof of this fascinating building. Used to dry partly-germinated wheat grain for brewing beer or distilling whisky, there was a time when almost every village in England had a malthouse. Of course, industry came along and revolutionised such processes, so the Great Dunmow Maltings, along with only a handful of other examples, is a rare survivor. Parts of the splendid old building date back to the early 1500s, with a number of restorations helping to preserve the original fabric. Today the Maltings is an interesting little museum, one of 4% of Grade II-listed buildings with an additional star-rating.