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Ware Pond, Maldon

Maldon residents and visitors are well aware of its medieval origins, from the Historic Hythe Quay to the High Street with its Georgian fronted medieval coaching inns, shops and residences.

But you have to turn away from the High Street, further up the hill and into quiet residential streets to discover Maldon's most ancient heritage.

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Burnham fields off Maldon Road, close to the site

A MAJOR development in Burnham-on-Crouch has been given the go-ahead by Maldon District Council.

The plans for the site on land north-west of 2, Maldon Road, include 103 retirement bungalows, a 70-bedroom care home, 55-bed assisted living apartments, community centre, medical centre, sports facilities and allotments. The sports facilities will include an open air swimming pool and tennis courts – and there will be eight key workers' flats, office and maintenance buildings, too.

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Allison and Michael get ready for Fiver Fest

MALDON is to take part in the Totally Locally Fiver Fest this month – giving shoppers the chance to grab a bargain and support the town's independent shops at the same time.

Starting on Saturday (10 October) and ending on Saturday, 24 October, Fiver Fest involves local businesses running special offers for just £5.

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The lodge house and gates as they now stand

THERE'S a building facing the busy Colchester Road in Heybridge that stands out as rather different from the others. A closer look reveals a circular blue plaque. Straight away, it can be seen that this place ranks somewhere in the town's history – and in this case, it marks the place where one of Maldon's most influential characters once built his extraordinary home.

Any newcomer to Maldon will quickly hear the name Bentall – or Bentall's – mentioned somewhere or somehow. The famous Bentall's factory is indeed very much a part of living memory, having closed its gates in the 1980s after a history dating back 150 years in the town.

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