Maldon Town Churchyards


St Peters Churchyard All Saints Churchyard St Marys Churchyard
St. Peters All Saints & War Memorial St. Marys

Maldon Town Council is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the three closed churchyards in the town, St Mary’s, St Peter’s, All Saints and the War Memorial. 

St Peters
In 2005, after receiving financial assistance, work commenced on St Peters Churchyard, the only green space within the centre of the town, to transform this derelict space into a beautiful, peaceful haven to be used by residents and visitors to the town. 

During the renovations an usual tomb, surrounded by railings, was discovered and restored with the aid of grant funding.  The tomb belonged to a member of one of Maldon’s renown historical families. Edward Bright was the “Fat Man of Maldon” and a sculpture depicting him can be seen in the Kings Head Courtyard.

Continued improvements have been taking place throughout the year. These include the installation of interpretation and notice boards and the placement of memorial benches and planters.

In June 2009, as a community project, students training with the Blackwater Vocational Project planted the central flower beds after being re-deigned to improve the all year around colour of the garden. 

St Marys
A long term cooperative strategy between Maldon Town Council and the St. Mary’s Parochial Church Council has been drawn up to protect and improve this historic, overgrown churchyard which overlooks the River Blackwater and adjacent to the Promenade Park.  The final goal of this 15 year project is to transform the churchyard into a tranquil garden of remembrance and community amenity area.

Currently the initial landscaping work is taking place in the churchyard.  After receiving the advice of the District Council Tree Officer trees, shrubs and other vegetation has been removed or reduced to open up the area and making it more user friendly.  Many different species of Holly have been discovered and it is hoped that once trimmed they will thrive and provide a unique collection to be enjoyed by all.
The heavy work is being undertaken by Contractors but volunteers from the Church have formed a Working Party and have been busy reducing the vegetation and uncovering lost tombs from the undergrowth

All Saints Churchyard and War Memorial
All Saints churchyard is a very prominent point in Maldon and is cherished by everyone who lives in Maldon. Dominated by the graceful ancient church of All Saints, and shrouded in mature trees, the churchyard contains many interesting headstones, graves and memorials, including the Rev. Laurence Washington, formerly Rector of Purleigh, Essex and Great-great-grandfather of George Washington, the first President of the United States of America who was buried in the churchyard in 1652.

Adjacent to the churchyard is the Town's War Memorial which is the focal point of the annual Towns' Remembrance service.

 

 

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