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Meet the High Street heroes of Maldon

PUBLISHED: 22:32 02 February 2015 | UPDATED: 22:32 02 February 2015




From its famous Mud Race to the unique taste of its salt, Maldon is a place with much to offer, discovers Emily Talbut

Maldon is a town routed in tradition and famous for its annual Mud Race across the Blackwater estuary at low tide taking place every Easter. This vibrant town has also managed to maintain a traditional local trader industry that continues to thrive despite the increasing dominance of high street stores that can be seen elsewhere.

Among the best known exports of the town is Maldon Sea Salt, which has been produced in the town since 1882 by the Maldon Crystal Salt Company. This high quality salt is used in the kitchens and adorns the tables of some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in the UK and is held in the highest regard within the food industry.

In addition to this, Maldon manages to provide locals with all the necessities for daily life, plus so much more, with services ranging from antiques to butchers, and from fishing supplies to greeting cards.

Maldon’s Town Clerk, Theresa Byles, comments: ‘Maldon’s people are justifiably proud of both their town and its High Street. Archaeological evidence indicates continuity of shop trading along the line of the existing thoroughfare since the 10th century. The Town Council works to support the High Street, and in particular the local traders, in a number of ways.’

To support these businesses, a general market takes place every Thursday and Saturday as well as an additional market on each Bank Holiday Monday of the year. Once you’ve finished shopping, the town also hosts an abundance of cafes as well as the idyllic Promenade Park to enjoy a leisurely walk taking in the estuary views.

A dedication to preserving the past can be seen from the town’s architecture and, as one of the oldest recorded towns in Essex, you can still see the medieval timber frames of several buildings as you walk up the High Street, which at the same time is bustling with the activity of a multitude of homegrown business. Here Essex Life meets some of the faces you are likely to meet in Maldon.


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