Maldon Heritage Week 7th – 10th September 2017

92 venues were open across Essex this past weekend (7th -10th September), in a celebration of the county’s history, as the National Trust’s Heritage Open Days returned for their 20th year.

Here in Maldon, 19 venues and events were staged, ranging from a 16th Century encounter with Queen Elizabeth I and her courtiers in the Moot Hall, to a 21st Century encounter with the current Town Mayor in her regalia. All Saints Church resounded to the sound of hand bells and tower bells ringing during the day, as well as a chance to make your own beeswax candles in the churchyard. Visitors could explore the remains of a medieval leper hospital at St Giles in Spital Road, which is not usually open to the public,  and enjoy some peace and quiet exploring the tranquil grounds of the Leech Memorial Gardens in Lodge Road. Talks were given about the Maldon Millennium Embroidery in the Maeldune Heritage Centre, and local Maldon characters were celebrated in talks about Edward Bright, the fat man at Maldon, and Earl Brythnoth, hero of the Battle of Maldon in 991. There were guided walks along both the river, and around the town centre, highlighting Maldon’s association with War, and an Ale Trail of the town’s hostelries throughout the centuries. Maldon’s Maritime heritage was celebrated on the Steam Tug Brent, and in talks hosted by the Little Ship Club. Also open was the unique steam powered Beeleigh Mill, currently under restoration, which was one of the largest flour mills in Essex until it was destroyed by a fire in 1875.

Click on the events below to learn more 

On the site of the medieval church of St Peter, this red brick building has housed Dr. Plume’s library since 1704. An exhibition of books and archives from the collection will highlight the work of the library and its partners today. The Friends of Thomas Plume’s Library will be providing refreshments in the churchyard, where there will also be a bookstall and a raffle.

Saturday: 10am – 4pm (Teas from 12noon – 3pm)

Access: RESTRICTED via steep and narrow spiral staircase

Max 10 people per tour/session

Housed against and beneath the old tower of the medieval Church of St Peter, the Heritage Centre is home to the nationally renowned Maldon Millennium Embroidery, artefacts and information of local archaeological interest, the Maldon Society archives, exhibitions of works by local artists and a gift shop. Visitors are recommended to explore St Peter’s churchyard, which incorporates an attractive layout of paths, flowers beds and interpretation boards.

Thursday and Friday: 11am – 4pm                                                        

Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 4pm

A Georgian walled garden originally associated with the adjacent Mansion called Friary East. This hidden oasis of green in the town centre is now maintained by the Maldon and Heybridge Horticultural Society as a working garden


Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Access: RESTRICTED by narrow gravel pathways

Directions: Adjacent to Maldon Library, White Horse Lane

Maldon Town Hall, 4 Market Hill, CM9 4RL

Come along and listen to local historian, Stephen Nunn, reveal evidence pointing to the true site of this historic battle.

Sunday: Talk at 7.30am doors open at 7.00pm

Booking details: Booking essential via Maldon Town Council; 01621 857373 email

12 the Hythe, CM9 5HN

Come aboard Brent, the last surviving steam vessel of the Port of London Authority’s fleet and learn all about her fascinating history

Thursday and Friday: Talk at 2pm

Saturday: Talks at 1.30pm and 3pm

Sunday: Talks at 11.30am,1.30pm and 3pm

Booking details: Booking essential via Maldon Town Council; 01621 857373 email

Maldon’s Masonic Hall Centre will be opened to the public. Guides will be on hand to allow visitors unique access to the centre and to explain the Masonic Heritage of Maldon

Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4pm

First Floor accessed by stairs.        

The Hythe, CM9 5HN

On both days, Maldon Little Ship Club will be hosting a talk by John Rogers (12noon) on the History and Restoration of the Essex Melody which will be moored at the quay.

Saturday and Sunday: Open 11.30am – 5pm        


The Hythe, CM9 5HN

On both days, Maldon Little Ship Club will be hosting a talk by the Maldon Riverside Assocation on Maintaining Maldon’s Riverside Traditions and Landmarks at 2.30pm.

Saturday and Sunday: Open 11.30am – 5pm        

This attractive site was formerly part of a garden which was the pride and joy of two local sisters, Edna and Joan Leech, who lived opposite. Sadly both sisters were killed in an air crash in 1971 and their garden was left to the people of Maldon in their will. The garden features a wide range of native and ornamental trees, and is maintained by the Friends of Leech Memorial Garden. Guided tours of the garden between 10am – 1pm on Saturday

Saturday: 10am – 1pm

Access: Grassy, uneven surface, not suitable for wheelchairs

Maldon Town Hall, 4 Market Hill, CM9 4RL

Come along and listen to local expert, Lynne Raymond reveal new information about Maldon’s famous resident and his family.

Saturday: Talk at 7.30pm, doors open at 7.00pm

Booking details: Booking essential via Maldon Town Council; 01621 857373 email



Remains of an ancient leper hospital founded, it is said, in 1164 by Henry II. St Giles is a unique survival of only ten medieval hospitals recorded in Essex and is of national importance. Not normally open to the general public, stewards will be on hand to explain the significance of the monument.

Saturday and Sunday : 10am – 4pm

Access: Grassy, uneven surface, not suitable for wheelchairs

Directions: Spital Road, approximately 20 minutes walk from the town centre

Maldon’s Moot Hall is among the earliest decorated brick buildings in Essex and has served as a police station, courthouse and council chamber. Guides will be on hand to explain the history of the building. Come and meet the Town Mayor in the Mayor’s Parlour in her robes and regalia on 9th September 2pm – 4pm as well as Queen Elizabeth and her Courtiers.

Saturday: 10am – 4pm (Mayor 2pm – 4pm)

Sunday: 10am – 4pm

Access: RESTRICTED. Upper floors via a steep spiral staircase

Built in 1821, this handsome little brick building is set back from the road surrounded by its graveyard. Internally it comprises two separate rooms; originally one for women and one for men, although since 1830 men and women have met together. The Georgian benches and tiered elder’s benches remain. Members of the church will be available to talk to visitors about the history of the Quakers in Maldon and their practice today

Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: 12noon – 4pm

All Saints’ Church is unique in England for its 13th century triangular tower which dominates Maldon’s skyline. Information about beekeeping and candle-making in the churchyard 10am – 3pm. Tower Bell Ringing Demonstration 2pm – 3pm.

Saturday: 10am – 3pm

Meet outside All Saints Church, High Street, CM9 5PJ

Join local historian, Stephen Nunn, for a two hour guided walk around the Ancient Borough of Maldon looking for evidence of the part that the townspeople have played in successive historic conflicts – from the famous Battle of Maldon of 991, through to activities on the Home Front in the Second World War (1939-1945). Sunday: Guided Walk 10am, meet at 9.55am outside All Saints

Booking details: Booking essential via Maldon Town Council; 01621 857373; email

Meet by the Town Sign, CM9 5PA

Join local historian, Stephen Nunn for a 2 hour guided walk from the town sign in West Square down to the Hythe and back identifying the 24 pubs past and present that have served successive generations of locals from the 16th century to the present day. The session is likely to end with the sampling of some local ale!

Sunday: Guided walk at 3.00pm, meet at 2.55pm at the town sign

Booking details: Booking essential via Maldon Town Council; 01621 857373; email

Maldon Museum holds a fascinating collection reflecting the social, domestic and industrial history of Maldon and the surrounding district, and provides a wonderful insight into Maldon’s maritime past. Lots of children’s activities.

Thursday and Friday: 2pm – 5pm

Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 5pm

Access: Disabled access to ground flooor only

Beeleigh Mill is a unique steam powered mill under restoration. Until 1875 it was part of one of the largest flour mills in Essex.  A fire destroyed the 5 storey water-driven mill leaving the steam mill almost entirely intact.

See :

– the rare elephant boiler
one of only 3 surviving Wentworth Beam Engines
– the original milling machinery

Find out about :

– the mill’s history
its connection to the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation
and the mill’s wartime secret

For directions to the mill visit  or follow signs from the Museum of Power,  Langford (Parking available at M of P, limited parking by Beeleigh Falls)


Join the Salt, Water & Beer Shanty Singers for a celebration of Maldon’s Maritime Heritage in words and music, at the Octagon, Church Street, Maldon CM9 8QJ on Thursday 7th September – doors open at 7.00pm. Singing starts at 7.30pm – 8.30pm – audience participation encouraged.





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