Great Baddow's ugliest building is, at last, going to be demolished. Marrable House, better known as the old post office building at the Vineyards, Great Baddow, has been empty for many years and was voted one of the ugliest buildings in the country in a survey carried out at the turn of the millennium.
Developers Rubicon West, who own the entire Vineyards complex, are going to replace the building with 60 retirement homes as part of a £10 million project.
The Kings Head pub in Maldon Road, Great Baddow has re-opened after an extensive re-furbishment.
The 'Kings Head' signs outside the pub are that of Edward I, also known as Edward Longshanks. He was the first son of Henry III and reigned as King of England from 1272 to 1307.
Longshanks famously battled with the Scots, led by William Wallace (come on ..everyone's seen the film 'Braveheart').
The bar has been completely re-vamped.
The interior has been re-designed whilst keeping the original features such as the beams and the fireplaces. The carpet has been replaced with a wooden floor.
Businessmen Eddy Garty, Neal Green and Dom Pearce have taken on the lease at the Kings Head which is owned by the Enterprise Inns pub chain. Previous landlords Dave and Sally Trigg have moved abroad to Fuerteventura (Canary Islands).