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Chapel Lane, Little Baddow, CM3 4BE

01245 221601

(during opening hours)


The History Centre has a car park, toilets and is wheelchair accessible.


In the 1980s it was discovered that two of America’s founding fathers had fled religious persecution from the non-conformist school they taught in Little Baddow.  Thomas Hooker became ‘The Father of American Democracy’ and John Eliot the ‘Apostle to the North American Indians’.  Links between Little Baddow and North America have been re-established through the United Reformed Church.

In the religious turmoil of the 17th century, Little Baddow strongly supported non-conformist ideas.  The Chapel,  now the United Reformed Church, was built in 1707 and is one of the earliest non-conformist chapels in Essex with a fascinating history.  The Chapel participates in the Living Churchyard Scheme of wildlife conservation resulting in the preservation of many exhibits.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the History Centre

centreLittle Baddow History Centre was built in 2004 to house the Parish Chest and other village archives. 

It provides a facility for public access to these archives and its brief is to organise displays and events and offer an educational resource to schools and other organisations.

Since the beginning of the 20th century many people, including some eminent local historians, have been interested in researching and documenting the story of Little Baddow.  This has generated a large collection of photographs, pictures, maps and documents which form little Baddow’s “Parish Chest”.

For some years the possibility of providing purpose-built accommodation for these records was discussed .  Led by the URC who agreed to release some land and act as guarantors for the project, the History Centre was completed in 2004 following a local fund-raising appeal and receipt of grant awards.  Our first programme of exhibitions and events began in February 2005. 

The History Centre is managed by a committee of representatives from the village.  In addition to the storage and classification of the various records, its brief is to organise displays and events, and offer an educational resource to schools and other organisations. It is run by volunteers and its running costs are met by donations.


Educational Resources

schoolLittle Baddow History Centre offers an ideal resource for schools and other organisations.  We have a a set of exhibitions which can be displayed as required to meet the needs of specific interest groups. 

These are:

The Village History Exhibition - researched and archive material documenting the changes to the village from the Saxon period to-date.

Hooker and Eliot - commemorating the lives of Thomas Hooker - ‘The Father of American Democracy’ and John Eliot the ‘Apostle to the North American Indians’ and their associations with Little Baddow. 

Little Baddow Chapel  - from the mid-17th century Little Baddow has had a strong non-conformist congregation in Little Baddow.  The Chapel was built in 1707 and is one of the earliest non-conformist Chapels in Essex. (Speaker available).

Faith History - an exhibition illustrating the history of Christianity in Britain with emphasis on Little Baddow.

Woods of Little Baddow - looking at the history and development of Little Baddow's well-known woodlands and nature reserves.

The Living Churchyard - a collection of specimens and photographs - (Speaker available).

How to find us

The History Centre is located behind the Cart Lodge in the grounds of the United Reformed Chapel, on the corner of Chapel Lane.

From Danbury:  At Eves Corner turn into Little Baddow Road.  Proceed for approximately 2 miles and turn left into Holybred Lane.  Continue to the junction with Chapel Lane on the left.  The URC Church is on the corner.

From Chelmsford:  From the Army and Navy roundabout take the A130 towards Southend leaving at the first exit— A414 to Maldon.  Continue on the A414 until reaching the double roundabout at the A12 junction.  At the 2nd roundabout take the first exit into Hammonds Lane.  Proceed to the junction with Church Lane (signposted to Little Baddow) and turn right, continuing to the junction with Chapel Lane where the URC Church is found on the corner.


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Management

The History Centre is managed by a committee of representatives from the village.  In addition to the storage and classification of the various records, its brief is to organise displays and events, and offer an educational resource to schools and other organisations. It is run by volunteers and its running costs are met by donations.