Maldon is an ancient town on the Blackwater estuary in Essex, England and is the principle town in the Maldon district which includes the starting point of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation at Heybridge Basin.
Located by the gates of Promenade Park it houses a large collection of displays depicting the history of Maldon
Museum of Power Langford
The old water pumping station exhibits includes working examples of power sources of all types and chronicles the major roles that they have played in history
Combined Military Services Museum
Huge range of exhibits conveying the history of warfare and weapons from the middle ages to the present day
Opened in 1848 and finally closed in 1964. The story of the Witham to Maldon railway
Beeleigh Abbeywas contructed in 1180 on land granted to the Canons by Robert Mantell
From a plough designed by a farmer to once the main industry in Heybridge
Maldon is not one of England's better known medieval towns. It was not a major player during the period when medieval urbanization is best documented, its importance lying in a mistier period of the Middle Ages, and consequently little attention has been paid it by historians. Yet, as a town relatively late in maturing, it provides an interesting comparison to larger towns. Read the History of Medieval Maldon by Stephen Alsford here
Battle of Maldon links:
History by John Marriage
Read the latest news from the Chelmer Canal Trust website
Old boats at the Maldon Hythe
Trips are available from Maldon's Hythe Quay. Contact Topsail Charters on 01621 857567.
Maldon is an ancient Royal Charter town with its centre situated on a hill close to the confluence of the rivers Chelmer and Blackwater.
Maldon was an early Saxon settlement and was known as Maeldune, a monument on a hill. In 916, King Edward the Elder fortified the Borough against the assaults and in 991 the famous Battle of Maldon took place on the outskirts of the town near the causeway to Northey Island. A large force of Vikings sailed up the Blackwater and camped on Northey Island and the famous Battle of Maldon ensued.
A Saxon town of some importance, Maldon became even more so in Norman times and was granted a Royal Charter in 1171 by Henry II. A copy of this Charter hangs on the old Moot Hall in the High Street alongside many other important documents and paintings.
Near to the Moot Hall is the ancient church of All Saints which has been dominating the scene since the thirteenth century. A feature of the church is the triangular tower which is unique in England.