Welcome to the BBCS website

Graham Butland, Leader of Braintree District Council who helped the Society refurbish the High Garrett milepost and fingerposts at Cressing Road and London Road, Braintree flanked by Mike Bardell and John V Nicholls the Essex representative of the Milestone Society, who carried out the work, at the 'unveiling' on 14 June 2016

Are YOU eligible for a Society grant of up to £1000? Go to ‘Grants’ to see terms and conditions. Funds are available now.

Braintree District Council, in conjunction with Parish Councils, Museums, Heritage Societies and the Civic Society, is compiling a Local Heritage List of buildings and other assets which are worthy of special note without being formally Listed. Phase 1 - the Courtauld built estate in the District has been submitted by The Society to BDC and is being worked on now
(click here to view the draft), this will be followed by Phase 2 - other assets in Braintree & Bocking then finally Phase 3 - other assets in the District 

Go to the foot of 'Society Projects' to download our free John Ray Walk leaflet.


The Society's aims are:-

  • To encourage by charitable means high standards of architecture and town planning in Braintree and the surrounding area.
  • To stimulate public interest in, and care for, the beauty, history and character of the area.
  • To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of features of general public amenity and of historic interest.

The Society pursues these aims by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, other forms of instruction and publicity, and by making grants to aid the restoration and preservation of property and items of historical interest.

Quarterly meetings are held in Braintree, in January, April, July and October, with interim business largely carried out by email. Members come from a variety of backgrounds, membership is free and anyone who is sympathetic to the Society's aims would be welcome to join.

The Society was formed on 31 January 1967 motivated by public outcry for the need to preserve Tudor Cottages in Bradford Street, Bocking. This was a time when there was a general feeling of looking only to the future, rather than to the past, in architecture and town planning. Across the country many handsome old buildings were swept away and Braintree suffered badly.

The cottages were saved and, after use as a museum, eventually sold as three dwellings. Interest from the sale proceeds is used today to fund various projects that fall within the Society's aims.

Future Meetings

Thursday 26 January 2017
Thursday 27 April 2017
Thursday 27 July 2017
Thursday 12 October 2017 AGM


Meetings start at 7:30pm and are held
at the Archer Community Centre, East Street, Braintree, CM7 3JJ