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The Radar Tower & St. Mary
The radar transmitter tower is the last complete one (with side platforms) in the country and, at over 360 feet, is the outstanding landmark in Great Baddow. The tower, originally at Canewdon, was part of a linked chain of radar stations completed just in time for the second world war. This 'Chain Home' system was a significant factor in helping the RAF win the Battle of Britain.
St.Mary's Church was begun in the 12th century, with additions in the 13th to 17th centuries. The Jacobean pulpit of 1639 is reckoned to be the finest of its period in the county. The tower boasts 8 bells, plus a sacristy bell on the outside.
St.Mary's churchyard was a rallying point during the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. The peasants marched from here to Norsey Wood in Billericay and 500 were massacred by King Richard II's army.
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