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The early Anglo-Saxon poem, “The Battle of Maldon,” records the defeat in AD 993 of Byrhtnoth of Essex by the Viking forces ravaging the coastal towns of the South East. In the morning we visit the Maeldune Heritage Centre to find out about the battle and look at the 42ft embroidery made in 1993 to mark the millennial anniversary of the battle. Later, a two-hour trip on an early 20th century Thames barge follows the path of the Vikings to Northey Island, a trip also offering great opportunities for observing marsh habitat and wildlife. Lunch can be taken in one of the local cafes or as a picnic.