Visit Maldon and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Maldon, Essex. A picturesque town set above the River Blackwater (and also the River Chelmer), it possesses a feature unique in England - the triangular tower of All Saints' Church. The town's commanding position made it the site of a fortress built early in the 10th century. The Old English poem The Battle of Maldon tells of the fearsome struggle between a Danish and an English army in 991. All Saints' dates from the 13th century and apart from the tower is particularly renowned for the elaborate decoration of the south aisle built early in the 14th century.
Of the Church of St Peter, only the tower remains, the building having been converted into a library by Dr Plume in 1704, rather than rebuilt as a church. St Mary the Virgin's Church has a shingled spire on top of a heavy tower, and though much restored still reveals traces of its Norman origin.
The 15th century saw a number of interesting buildings, of which the Moot Hall, once known as D'Arcy's Tower after its builder, the Blue Boar Hotel, with additions from the early 19th century, the Swan Hotel and the vicarage are the best examples. Even earlier are the remains of the St Giles Hospital, founded for lepers in the 12th century. Georgian buildings of some distinction are numerous and a stroll along the High Street, Silver Street and Market Hill will reveal much of interest.
Once down by the river the atmosphere of a fishing harbour and small resort is strengthened by riverside inns, the marine parade and the marine lake leading to the estuary and the marshes as the river makes its way slowly to the sea. About 1 mile to the north is Heybridge, with a Norman church - St Andrew's - and the 17th-century Heybridge Hall and 19th-century The Towers. There is an attractive mill, west of the church, and impressive ironworks, 1863.
Just over 1 mile to the west are the remains of the 12th-century Beeleigh Abbey, which were incorporated in a picturesque house of the 16th century.
Nearby islands: Mersea Island
Nearby towns: Basildon, Braintree, Burnham-on-Crouch, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, Witham, West Mersea
Nearby villages: Althorne, Bicknacre, Boreham, Burnham-on-Crouch, Cold Norton, Danbury, East Hanningfield, Faulkbourne, Goldhanger, Great Braxted, Great Leighs, Great Totham, Hatfield Peverel, Heybridge, Inworth, Kelvedon, Latchingdon, Layer Marney, Little Baddow, Mayland, Messing, Mundon, North Fambridge, Purleigh, Rettendon, Rivenhall, Salcott, South Hanningfield, Southminster, Steeple, Terling, Tiptree, Tollesbury, Tolleshunt Knights, Tolleshunt Major, Virley, White Notley, Wickham Bishops, Woodham Ferrers, Woodham Mortimer
Have you decided to visit Maldon or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Maldon bed and breakfast (a Maldon B&B or Maldon b and b)
- a Maldon guesthouse
- a Maldon hotel (or motel)
- a Maldon self-catering establishment, or
- other Maldon accommodation