History of Little Baddow
Generals Arms PH, Little Baddow.
© Copyright Trevor Harris contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
History of Little Baddow >> Little Baddow Snippets
Little Baddow Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Little Baddow on the dangers of the new lucifer matches.
The Essex Standard 29 June 1849
Another fire from lucifer matches.
No small alarm was excited in Chelmsford market on Friday last, by the arrival of a horseman at full gallop, who announced a fire at Little Baddow.
The Essex Economic and Essex and Suffolk Equitable fire engines, were soon despatched to the spot, when it was found that the fire was confined to the cottages of two labouring men near Grace's Walk, and the property of Mr Belcher of Danbury, which burned to the ground.
It appears a child, living in one of the houses, had possessed itself of some lucifer matches, with which it repaired to a hovel, and was amusing itself by striking them upon the wood, when the straw and rubbish in the place ignited, and the child narrowly escaped with its life.
Both houses were quickly in flames, and the poor cottagers had barely time to remove their furniture. There was but little water near the place, and the engines were not called into requisition.
[End of article]
Newspapers could provide a wealth of information about your ancestors or where they lived. See our article on exploring newspaper archives.
Back to History of Little Baddow
Find your Essex Ancestors in the Parish Registers
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' are custodians of the parish registers of Essex. Ancestry.co.uk have now transcribed the entire collection of Essex parish registers. Search now on Ancestry for your Essex ancestors. Then on the results page click on ‘request image’ and you will be taken to the ERO website where you can purchase an image of the relevant page.
Visit our Parish Registers of Essex page for more information.
Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
Little Baddow - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Little Baddow - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0
Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?
Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these.
Link below already formatted for Essex and Postcards.