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Blue Lion Pub For Sale – SOLD!

Blue Lion for sale

Update: The Blue Lion came under new management on 15th May 2015. Archived entry: The Blue Lion is on the market. The Blue Lion is one of Great Baddow’s three central pubs, The King’s Head and The White Horse being the others. It has two bars: a public bar with pool table, darts board and…

Allotments under the Radar

Allotments under the radar

Vicarage Lane allotments Great Baddow’s allotments are located on Vicarage Lane next door to the Cemetery. Just head in the direction of the Radar Tower which towers over them. I wandered over there on a fresh winter afternoon to see people toiling away, preparing the ground for this year’s harvest. Because I took so many photos of…

New Sign for Great Baddow

Great Baddow has a new village sign. It replaces the old sign and is in the same place, on the tiny “green” opposite St. Mary’s Church and the White Horse. The sign was designed and made by local metal-work craftsman Dan Rawlings. The sign features Baddow Tower, green trees and the Essex shield. It is a…

People of Baddow, Take Up Your Snow Shovels And Dig!

Today my child’s school was closed so rather than work I spent the morning enjoying some sledging and buidlding snow men in the park. However, on the way home it was apparent that the path back up to my house was not covered in compacted snow and in previous years this has become very icy…

Great Baddow’s A Little Bazaar Greets Only Fools’ Boycie

On 12th November 2012 a small antiques and collectibles shop in Great Baddow appeared on national television. A Little Bazaar, which is on the parade of shops on Maldon Road in Great Baddow, just outside Chelmsford, was explored on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip with John “Boycie” Challis and Philip Serrell. John Challis is best known as Boycie from…

Baddow High School Signing Choir feature at the Proms

Great Baddow High School choir and Childrens Choirs from London Boroughs

Students from Great Baddow High School will be performing The Angry Planet at this year’s Proms. The students, who are aged between 11 and 18 years and include both death and hearing children.This i the first time that a signing choir has appeared at the Proms. They will be performing alongside Dr Paul Whittaker OBE, Artistic Director…

Marrable House, the ugliest building in Essex, to be rebuilt

Marrable House

Good news for the residents of Great Baddow, Essex. The building that was once voted the ugliest in the country, is to be demolished and replaced with a new stylish building to create new homes for the elderly and frail. The building, called Marrable House, has been standing empty and derelict for many years. It…

New Gypsy Sites Proposed In Great Baddow

It is never good news for residents when they hear that a new travellers site is to be built on their doorstep. Although some may say that this is just a typical “NIMBY” attitude, few people really wish to have travelling communities set up home next door. Why should they be able to? Most people…

Great Baddow To Have A Free Outdoor Gym in Essex?

There are proposals currently under review for an outdoor gym in Great Baddow. Based on the popular free outdoor gyms that are common in warmer climates, such as on the beaches of Brazil and the USA, the gym will provide a range of resistance machines and cardio machines to allow members of the public the…