A WOMAN has finally put The Fat Man back where he belongs by getting new blue plaques installed in the town.

Researcher Lynne Raymond achieve her ambition of correcting the famous story of Edward Bright, the Fat Man of Maldon, thanks to the help of the Maldon Society.

Ms Raymond began the project in 2013 by working with evidence found a few years ago.

The biggest challenge was to correct the famous figure’s address.

Based on historical evidence from the 1890s, the original blue plaque had him living at Church House in Brights Path.

However, new evidence revealed it was his son, who shares his name, and his daughter-in-law who lived there instead.

The Fat Man lived at the building which is between 57 and 59 High Street.

Lynne Raymond was first interested in Maldon history when she researched the 222-year-old origins of the Ansell and Sons butchers in High Street 20 years ago.

Mrs Raymond said: “After presenting a number of talks revealing the new information about Edward Bright and his family, I thought it was time to get the notice boards and plaques about him in Maldon updated.

“After five years of research it really was such a special day.

“I was very pleased to be presented with the old incorrect blue plaque.

“I have added this to my collection of Edward Bright memorabilia.

“My fascination with Maldon’s history continues and I have a few ideas for other projects in the future.”

The Maldon Society organised a replacement plaque for Edward Bright and his son who was a notable person in the town.

Among those attending the unveiling were direct descendent Richard Bright, chairman of the Maldon Society Judy Lea, district chairman Henry Bass and conservation officer Tim Howson.

A spokesman for the Maldon Society said: “The Maldon Society could be said to have two fundamental underlying objectives - one is about valuing our fantastic heritage in Maldon, and another is actively helping others to come to appreciate it too.

“We hope these beautiful new plaques will bring pleasure to the Bright family in making sure their forebears are remembered as respected members of the community here.”