The famous Battle of Maldon took place in 991 AD, as the viking raiders of between 2000-4000 men descended on Maldon via the river Blackwater to the battle site near Northey Island. The Vikings attempted to land at Maldon after carrying out a number of raids along the Essex coast, and first demanding protection money to withdraw.
Here the intruders led by their leader Anlaf, were met by Earl Byrhtnoth, Earldorman of Essex, and his men who fought the vikings during 3 long days of fighting. But it was not a success, and as the fighting ended, the Anglo-Saxons were defeated and their leader Byrhtnoth lay dead. Due to the fierceness of the battle though, the Danish vikings also suffered massive losses., but had to be paid off to retreat.
The battlefield is said to be the oldest in England and was recorded in an epic poem called The Battle of Maldon, and an impressive embroidery depicting the battle was created to celebrate it’s 1000th anniversary. This hangs in the Maeldune Centre in Maldon.
Visitors to Promenade Park can also see an impressive bronze statue of Byrhtnoth on the waterfront, created by local sculptor John Doubleday.