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Thomas Plume’s Library
Thomas Plume's Library
Market Hill

Telephone/Fax 01621 854850


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Opening hours
Tuesday: 2 pm to 4 pm
Wednesday: 2 pm to 4 pm
Thursday: 2 pm to 4 pm
Saturday: 10 am to noon

Prior notification may be required to view certain items.


Thomas Plume’s Library was founded in 1704 under the terms of the will of Dr Thomas Plume, Vicar of Greenwich and Archdeacon of Rochester, who had been born in Maldon in 1630. He bequeathed to his native town his collection of some 8,100 books and pamphlets, to be kept in the building which he had constructed from the ruins of the old St Peter’s Church in the centre of the town, on the corner of Market Hill and the High Street.

The church building, which is owned by Maldon Town Council, still stands, very little changed, and still houses his books, kept on their original shelves, as well as his small collection of paintings. Although they may no longer be borrowed, books from the Library may be consulted during normal opening hours and the catalogue may be consulted online at http://www.thomasplumeslibrary.co.uk/catalogue/

The Library and its Friends organise a number of events during the year, including the annual Plume Lecture.

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Groups must be booked in advance and the number of visitors in the Library at any one time is restricted due to age of the building. Unfortunately the building is not suitable for those with impaired mobility.

Please note also that this is a working library and a research facility and access may therefore need to be restricted from time to time according to the needs of scholars already at work.
Please contact the Librarian for further information.


From the A12
Leave the A12 at Junction 20a/b (Hatfield Peverel) and take the B1019 towards Heybridge and Maldon. Follow this road for 4 miles, and when you reach a roundabout take the third exit (B1018). Take the first exit at the next roundabout (A414) go over the bridge and right at the next roundabout. Go straight over the next roundabout, over another bridge and up Market Hill. When you reach the top of the hill you will see the church on the left hand side.

There is no on-site parking, but there are two pay-and-display car parks within easy walking distance.

White Horse car park
At the top of Market Hill turn right at the mini roundabout and follow the road round until you get to another mini roundabout, where you turn left. Turn left again, following signs for the White Horse car park. There are a number of alleyways leading from there back to the high street.

Butt Lane car park
At the top of Market Hill turn left at the mini roundabout and take the first left into Butt Lane. The car park is on the left. There is an alleyway in the far corner leading back to the high street.

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