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Welcome to the new Bata Heritage Centre website!

Our Featured Image, above, shows one of the many buses that used to transport Bata workers from various towns and villages around South Essex to the factory in time for the 7:30am start and back again after work.

Aerial view of the Bata factory and estate
Aerial view of the Bata factory and estate

This new website site continues to develop.  Our aim is to present the interesting history of the British Bata Shoe Co Ltd, its fascinating industrial and architectural heritage, and the social history of those who worked for the Bata company and the people who lived on the Bata Estate in East Tilbury, Essex.

In the meantime, if you would like to read more about the unique aspects of the life and times of the Bata company and the work of the Bata Heritage Centre (formerly known as the Bata Reminiscence and Resource Centre), please visit our sister website, Bata memories (

Our Next Open Day is being planned and we shall publish full details of the date, time and location on this website and on Facebook and Twitter.

In the early hours of 6 January 2017, a car was driven into the entrance lobby of the East Tilbury library which housed the Bata Heritage Centre and our archive collection.  The car was then deliberately set alight.  There has been serious damage to the library and much of our collection is badly smoked damaged.  As a result of this fire, the library has been temporarily closed.

For the story of how we recover from this shocking incident, please select the Category “Fire – 2017” from the drop down menu under “The Bata Heritage” box on this page.  Also, look out for more information by clicking on the “LATEST NEWS” menu item in the Main Menu.

How to contact us: The Chairman, Bata Heritage Centre, “Waterview”, Orsett Road, Horndon on the Hill, Essex SS17 8NS (Tel: 01375 677581)


Opening Times: East Tilbury Library is closed temporarily (until further notice).