Saturday, 3 September 2011


A next door neighbour retired to Maldon, where her son had a shop and worked as an electrician.  Seaside towns in Essex seem to appeal to elderly folk.  Frinton is known as being on the Costa Geriatrica.  Some say: Harwich for the continent. Frinton for the incontinent. Maldon is a popular Summer outing and weekend destination for families with young children, because it has wonderful playgrounds and water features for the kids.

 Parking can be expensive, but the spacious Promenade Park gets very crowded on warm Summer days in August.  It cost me twice as much to park in Promenade Park, rather than parking in Butt Lane in the centre of town.  The Butt Lane car park can get full very quickly in August!

I last visited Maldon on a pleasant August day, when hordes of children were enjoying the playgrounds and ponds around Promenade Park. My children enjoyed coming here on warm Summer days during the school holiday season.

Maldon is wonderfully charming and has some delightful quiet spots, even on busy school holidays.

Hythe Quay attracts many visitors.  The Jolly Sailor pub, once used in a Lovejoy episode (Series 3, No Strings) starring Joanna Lumley as Victoria Cavero, is a popular watering hole.   The photographs of the lovely Lumley lady have sadly been removed.

I love to walk along the ancient streets.  What a delightful place!

Ancient and modern work well together.

The staff at the Tourist Information Office (Coach Lane) and at All Saints' Church are very helpful.  They will provide you with plenty of information about Maldon's fascinating history, amenities and places of interest.

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