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Welcome to the Bata Heritage Centre website!  Based in East Tilbury in Essex, the Bata Heritage Centre aims 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.

Our Featured Image, above, shows the Bata Hotel.  The hotel was home for the key workers, visiting VIPs, graduates from the Bata Technical College and others waiting to move into houses on the Bata Estate.  There was a special suite for the Tomas Bata family.  After the 1953 floods which devastated many areas around the coast of Essex, people who had lost their homes in Tilbury and other nearby locations were provided with accommodation until they could move back home.  On the ground floor, there were shops, a TV lounge, a notable ballroom with spring wooden flooring, and a managers’ dining room.  On the first floor, there was a canteen for residents and other workers. 

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

Our Next Open Day. We are pleased to announce that our next Open Day will be held on Saturday 13 October from 10am to 2pm on the ground floor of Building 13 – the former administration block for the Bata Factory.  We shall publish more details in due course.

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).   However, library staff are at East Tilbury Village Hall on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 3:30pm.

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.

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 (