There’s not much that’s free these days and if something is advertised as such, we suspiciously think ‘where’s the catch?’
But the Maldon Heritage Days are just that, Free. The Plume School offers free parking at the weekends so found a space there and proceeded to the Moot Hall, somewhere I have wanted to visit for a while and it didn’t disappoint.
It was built as a family home, then became a prison and courtrooms then a council chamber. So full of atmosphere and antiquity. A narrow staircase took us onto the roof with its bell cage which chimes out every quarter. Was lucky enough to be there mid-day to hear 12 strikes of the hammer. The views from there were amazing, especially looking down the Blackwater.
Next was the Plume Library, a collection of very old books of Dr. Thomas Plume, housed upstairs in the old church at the top of Market Hill. The Maeldune Centre is below with regular art displays and the amazing Maldon Tapestry, an embroidered
banner depicting life, industry and famous people and events, from the Battle of Maldon to recent times.
Walking down to Hythe Quay we were lucky enough to join a tour on the Steam Tug ‘Brent’ one of the last of its kind hastily built for use during World War 2. The talk was given by the lady whose home it used to be!
A really interesting day and only saw a few of the places or tours that were available over the Heritage Weekend.
Closer to home, lovely to see ‘Cabby’ a wooden hulled Thames Sailing Barge moored at the marina. She was the first barge I sailed on up the Blackwater many years ago, and I remember how beautiful the interior was with all its shiny varnished woodwork.
Sailing back to Maldon into a gorgeous sunset evening is magical.
Next time back to nature…….. – Maisie –