Local Points of Interest
New Hall Vineyard
The well-sheltered, southern facing slopes of the village of Purleigh, 3 miles south of Maldon, are ideal for producing crops of high-quality grapes. With over 65 hectares of vines, New Hall is an established English wine producer and one of the largest in the country. The annual wine festival, held in September, celebrates the grape harvest and offers wine tasting and tours.
Thomas Plume’s Library
Thomas Plume was born in Maldon in 1630, the son of a respected landowner. Aged 28, Thomas was appointed Vicar of Greenwich and later Archdeacon of Rochester, but he never forgot his Maldon roots. He died in 1704 leaving a bequest to the town of his substantial library of books, totalling some 7,000 volumes. The collection is regarded as one of the finest public reference libraries in the country, containing books dating from the late 15th century.
The Moot Hall
One of Maldon’s most recognisable and prominent buildings on the High Street is the Moot Hall, built around 1420 as a private residence for the D’Arcy family. The building has had many uses through its history; medieval manor house (D’Arcy’s Mansion), court room, council chamber, police station complete with its own prison cell and exercise yard.
Combined Military Services Museum
A local museum housing collections of national importance. Collections range from English Civil War weaponry to the weapons captured from enemies and kept by regiments as souvenirs of famous actions.
St Mary’s Church which is situated behind 32 The Hythe, and is the oldest in the town dating back to 1130 and is a well known sight along with the barges moored on the Hythe Quay below.
All Saints’ Church has a unique triangular tower with its unusual sanctus bell serves as a prominent landmark on Maldon’s attractive High Street. All Saints’ is the second oldest church in town, dating from the 13th century.
Maldon Salt Company
The Maldon Salt Company has been producing the finest natural sea salt here in Maldon for the last 130 years. Ask a top chef about salt and they’ll almost certainly cite sea salt flakes from Maldon as their favourite. Good cooks of all kinds agree.