Little Baddow

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Little Baddow
St Mary, Little Baddow, June 2021 02.jpg
St Mary's, Little Baddow
Little Baddow is located in Essex
Little Baddow
Little Baddow
Location within Essex
Population1,586 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL776080
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChelmsford
Postcode districtCM3
Dialling code01245
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°44′31″N 0°34′23″E / 51.742°N 0.573°E / 51.742; 0.573Coordinates: 51°44′31″N 0°34′23″E / 51.742°N 0.573°E / 51.742; 0.573

Little Baddow is a village to the east of Chelmsford, Essex. The name Baddow comes from an Old English word meaning 'bad water',[according to whom?] and which was the original name of the River Chelmer. The village is positioned on one of the many elevated hills in Essex and comprises extensive woodlands owned by the National Trust and Essex Naturalist Trust, and is bounded by the River Chelmer to the north.

Although there are no shops or businesses in the village, there are two pubs, The Generals Arms and The Rodney, a village hall, and Elm Green Preparatory School. Churches are the Anglican St Mary the Virgin and the United Reformed Church. St Mary's is a Grade I listed building with a late 11th-century core. It contains a 14th-century 'Devil's door', dating to the time when medieval Christians believed the North of side of a church to be the abode of the Devil.[2]

The village sports ground and clubhouse is used by Little Baddow Cricket club and the local running club, Little Baddow "Ridge" runners.

The manor was once a possession of Robert the Bruce[3]

Thomas Hooker who founded the colony of Connecticut lived in the village and was a school teacher there before going to Holland and then to New England.[4]

Eric Eastwood settled in Little Baddow after he started work at Marconi Research Laboratory in 1948. He lived there until his death in his home in 1978.[5]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  2. ^ Ash, Russell (1973). Folklore, Myths and Legends of Britain. Reader's Digest Association Limited. p. 241. ISBN 9780340165973.
  3. ^ Sayles, George Osborne (1982) Scripta Diversa
  4. ^ Thomas Hooker,
  5. ^ Hartley-Smith, Alan. "Marconi Radar History / A Biographical Memoire". Marconi Radar History. Retrieved 29 August 2017.

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