Maldon is a town on the Blackwater estuary in Essex, East England. It is the seat of the Maldon district and starting point of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. Maldon's name comes from Mael meaning 'meeting place' and dun meaning 'hill', so translated as "meeting place on the hill".
Maldon is twinned with the Dutch town of Cuijk. The charter between the two towns was signed in 1970 to cement the relationship.
Maldon District covers an area of over 36,000 hectares in East Essex. The landscape and character are dominated by the District's 60 miles of coastline that includes the estuaries of the rivers Blackwater and Crouch.
Many people know the District from its association with Sailing and the Maldon Mudrace. The Blackwater and Crouch are of international importance for nature conservation particularly for their extensive population of wildfowl and waders.
The District has a rural character ranging from tidal salt marshes to farmland and rolling wooded ridges. A network of delightful country lanes provides access to the countryside from the towns and villages. It has a population of 59,418 in 2001. The main towns are Maldon, Heybridge and Burnham on Crouch. The majority of people live in the small rural villages, many of which owe their origins to their connection with the coast or agricultural economy.