Shop & Publications

Welcome to our shop!

We have our own range of publications, from the results of historical research and accounts of life in the village, to the novels of Jesse Berridge, all set within Little Baddow.

You are welcome to come to the Centre and browse. Alternatively, some of our publications are listed on this page. You can order them (see below) to be posted out to you, or try one of the free digital downloads.

In addition, you may like to know that both print and ebook versions of the Jesse Berridge novels are available from Amazon. 


Little Baddow: a century of village life

Produced at the Millennium, this book celebrates the 20th century in Little Baddow, with reflections and memories of some of its older inhabitants, and a wealth of local research.


This is the story of an Essex village, from the Ice Age to the Edwardians.
It is based on a unique collection of documents, photographs and artefacts housed in the Little Baddow History Centre, and shows how the great events of history have impacted one small village in the southeast of England.
It offers a unique insight into the ordinary lives of village people through the centuries.

If you are in the village, the book can be obtained from the History Centre (cash or cheque) for £10 – alternatively, it can be purchased from Amazon for £11.99.

Sheila Rowley’s history now available as free ebooks!

For many years, Sheila Rowley’s three volume history of the village has provided a mine of information. We are now making it freely available in digital form. By clicking on the links below, you can read, print and search the original text of the books.

Copyright of these books remains with The Little Baddow History Centre. In choosing to download these books, you agree that they are for your personal use and research, and that they will not be used for any commercial purpose.

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Paper copies of volumes I and III are still available from the Centre at £5 each, while stocks last.

Blakes Wood

Also available as a free download is a transcript of material about Blakes Wood. Just click here to download your copy.

Around Danbury and Little Baddow is written and illustrated by Jill Goodson.

It combines historical information with watercolour illustrations to give a flavour of life in the villages.

Copies of the second volume are available at £5.00 each.

This book gives an account of those from the village who served in the Great War. Currently unavailable.

Four books from John Bundock…

For information about families and houses in the village, John Bundock’s book They Lived Here For a Time gives a detailed account of who lived where, through the second part of the 19th century and the early years of the 20th.

Sick in Body, Perfect of Memory  gives an insight into the history of the village and its families, through transcriptions of 53 wills, from 1500 to 1857, where the testatrix has identified himself or herself as coming from Little Baddow.

Of Sound and Disposing Mind contains transcriptions of wills from 1800 to 1857. Currently unavailable

Little Baddow in the News is a fascinating collection of items concerning people and events in the village as they featured in local or national newspapers.

Available at £10.00 each.

We also have two books for sale which focus on the United Reformed Church.

One offers a history of the Church, the other a beautifully illustrated account of wildlife through the seasons in the churchyard.

They are available at £7.50 each.

We have copies of the five novels by Jesse Berridge, all set within the village.  They are available in paperback from the Centre at £7 each, or direct from Amazon in either print or ebook editions.

The Tudor Rose

When the Parson of Little Baddow saves a child from the floodwaters of the River Chelmer, he initiates a story that blends life in a small English village with the political and religious disputes of the 16th century and the Royal House of Tudor.

Sunsets over North Sea

The Stronghold

With the distant rumble of guns besieging Colchester, the bizarre religious cults and secret ordinations into the Church of England, and the presence in the area of both Parliamentary and Royalist troops, a blind man taps his way to the ancient burial site on the hill at Little Baddow to perform some mysterious ritual.

Gracys Walk

Lady Alice Mildmay, mistress of the Manor of Gracys, is caught between a sincere but frustrated lover and a brutal, negligent and jealous husband.

Brother John

Brother John, a monk of Beeleigh Abbey, Rob, a shepherd of troubadour stock, Simon Renger, a ruthless knight, ‘The Little One’ his servant and even De Refham, her guardian – all the men are bewitched, in one way or another, by the beauty and innocence of young Ivetta.


Escaping from captivity in North Africa, Robin Gyll, accompanied by a young, boyish, Italian waif, Bettina, and her adopted Father, sets out to return to his home village of Little Baddow in Essex.  There he falls in love with one girl after another, always overlooking the one who is truly devoted to him.

Order Now

You can place an order for any of these books and we will post them to you. We will let you know the postage cost before confirming your order.  Payment may be made using PayPal  or cheque.

To place your order, please contact us giving  your name, address, the titles of the books you require and how you wish to pay.

Otherwise, visit the History Centre and browse what we have.  From November to March, you need to contact us to arrange one of our volunteers to open the Centre for you.  From April, please just come along during our regular opening hours.