New Road Postcard

New Road postcard

My dad found this postcard at his mum’s house in New Road. It is from my grandmother to her sister, presumably just after moving in to New Road from Leigh-on-Sea. Not sure of the year, it looks like the postmark might be 22 May 1926, certainly some time before 1936 when King George V stamps would have…

Springbok House Children’s Home

We received a message in August 2014 from an ex-resident of Great Baddow who asked for information about the Springbok House children’s home in the village. Here is the letter / email: Dear Sir. I have just come across your site about Great Baddow. Many years ago,1955, I and my 2 brothers were “guests” in Springbok House,…

Haunted Baddow

St. Mary's Church. Great Baddow

Great Baddow has quite a few ghastly tales and many people have seen ghosts and experienced hauntings in the village. For such a relatively small place it is a hotbed of paranormal activity. St. Mary’s Church St. Mary’s Church has two ghostly tales. A ghostly apparition, thought to be that of a monk, has been…

Baddow Court

Baddow Court

Baddow Court was built in the early 19th century. It is on Church Street next to the exit of The Bringey. It stood derelict for many years but has now been restored as individual apartments. Past residents According to White’s Directory of Essex, in 1848 Baddow Court was the home of Mrs. Mary Douglas (source: History…

The Baddow Brewery / The Old Brewery

The old Baddow Brewery

Address: 47 Church St, Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7JA. The Baddow Brewery is a Grade II building. Today it houses several businesses. The building was designed by brewery architect George Scamell. George Scamell founded Scamell & Colyer in London. He had previously worked with Truman, Hanbury, Buxton & Co, during the 1860s. Scamell & Colyer continued into the early 20th century (source:…

History Of Great Baddow

Great Baddow Map 1881 British-History.ac.uk

Archaeological finds provide evidence that the Great Baddow area was inhabited during the Stone & Bronze Ages as well as the Roman Era. A Roman Temple was built at the top of Baddow Road in Chelmsford – details can be found in the Chelmsford Museum.