Welcome To The Parish Of Maldon St Mary With Mundon
St Mary’s, Maldon stands in the catholic tradition of the Church of England. Here we try to practise the generous Gospel of Jesus Christ. Together we are exploring a way of living which is inspired by joyful worship and takes seriously the interior life. We embrace the challenges of peace-making both globally and locally. Welcome to this inclusive community of health and healing.
St Mary’s Church, Maldon is now and has been throughout its history a beacon for the town’s community and visitors. Known as the Fishermen’s Church its tower guides many sailors and their craft into the Hythe. The door is always open from early morning to dusk and the visitors’ book bears witness to those who find peace and solace in the spiritual beauty of St Mary’s historic and welcoming space.
The Parish Mass held each Sunday morning is well attended by members of the Church family and visitors, and through worship, the sacrament and music helps the people learn about the gospel and develop their knowledge and trust in Jesus.
The church also benefits from an attached church hall, called the Octagon, which is well used for meetings, events and community use.
Maldon And St Mary's Church
Maldon, an ancient and historic town lying at the head of the Blackwater Estuary, is a small market town 40 miles east of London and a short distance from the cathedral city of Chelmsford. St. Mary’s parish covers the southern and eastern part of the town. St Mary’s Church is an 11th century Grade 1 listed building with a closed churchyard.
The fishermen’s church stands above The Hythe overlooking the River Blackwater acting as a beacon to incoming shipping.
With its flint-rubble walls and impressive tower, it remains an interesting and attractive landmark in Maldon. Its iconic image has attracted artists and photographers, both amateur and professional, for years to capture its magic.
In 2000, a stained glass window was installed in the south wall of the church to commemorate the Battle of Maldon in AD 991. A statue of the defeated Saxon leader Byrhtnoth stands at the end of the Promenade over the River Blackwater, where he lost his life in an attempt to stop the Viking invasion.
St Mary’s has evolved over time and the church is open during daylight hours every day, not only for public worship, but so that our many visitors can value it as a place of prayer and contemplation – a sanctuary and haven. There have been many changes and additions over the years and in 1992, the Octagon was added via a glazed walkway known as The Link.