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Friary Walled Garden

Friary Walled Garden




Maldon’s secret garden is guaranteed to surprise everyone who encounters it for the first time. This unexpected green oasis covering just one fifth of an acre hides behind ancient red brick walls adjacent to the award winning ultra modern town library.

Through the wooden entrance door you will find a lovingly restored garden with narrow footpaths and box hedges. It is believed possible that the site was cultivated as far back as the thirteenth century when it was occupied by a Carmelite monastery. Many of the plants found there today can be attributed more to the gardeners of the nineteenth century; growing fruit, vegetables and medicinal herbs. The present garden, cared for by the Maldon & Heybridge Horticultural Society, has a formal Georgian layout overlaid by a wild cottage type garden.

It’s a delightful little refuge from the hurly burly activities of the town centre.

Opening details

The garden is normally open for visitors on the FIRST SUNDAY of every month from 10.0am to 4.0pm. The closing time may depend on the weather or the number of volunteers there. On these days we gather for a general working party and helpers and visitors are welcome. Parties from local schools or other groups are a regular feature and such visits on other days can be made by prior arrangement.


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Map reference: TL 850069  Lat: 51.73075 Long: 0.67788

In Maldon, Essex. In White Horse Lane, next to the County Library. Access is from either White Horse Lane or from the High Street through an alley called Chequer’s Lane between Barclay’s Bank and Iceland Stores. The Garden gate is next to the Library entrance. The garden is very small, only about one-fifth of an acre and it is bounded on all sides by high red-brick and stone walls and the only entrance is a narrow gate in the wall. The paths are rather narrow, the surfaces are of gravel and grass – wheelchair users may not be able to access the entire garden but access to part is available and the garden can still be seen and enjoyed. There are several seats for those who are in need of such. There is a public carpark in White Horse Lane. Parking on Sundays and Bank Holidays is FREE. See below for a street map.