Great Baddow Village SignGreat Baddow is a village on the outskirts of Chelmsford with a population of approximately 13,000. Nearby you will find the villages of Galleywood, Sandon, Danbury, Little Baddow, Rettendon and Moulsham.

The City of Chelmsford is renowned for being the birthplace of radio and Great Baddow was a major part of this heritage. In 1936 Marconi centralised its research teams in and around Chelmsford into a single research laboratory in Great Baddow. The purpose of the Great Baddow facility was to focus on radio, television and telephony. That facility is now part of the BAE Systems Advanced Technology Centre.

Great Baddow Home RADAR MastThe tallest landmark in Great Baddow (and the surrounding Chelmsford area) is the 365ft tall ‘Home RADAR transmitter’ sited at the former Marconi facility. This tower was moved from RAF Canewdon to Great Baddow in 1954. Full details of the Great Baddow Home RADAR Mast and its history can be found here.

The centre of Great Baddow features ‘the Vineyards’ shopping precinct and flats, named after the country house that use to resided on that plot of land. Just round the corner is the 24 acre Great Baddow Recreation Ground with state of the art function suite 'the millennium centre', BMX parks, landscaped gardens and ornamental pond.

Great Baddow is a thriving village community with its own schools, open spaces, a host of shops and essential services and easy bus links and cycle paths into the city of Chelmsford.