The Braintree and Bocking Abbeyfield Society began
in 1969 with the acquisition and conversion of Georgian House, Bradford
Street, in Braintree as their first very sheltered home and since
than a number of different projects have been completed. In 1993
Wickham House in Coggeshall Road, Braintree was acquired providing
accommodation for fourteen residents in ideal surroundings.
The Society was fortunate in having the Duke of Westminster
the then President of the National Abbeyfield Society to perform
the opening ceremony.
|By 2000 the Society
owned three houses, Georgian House (plus a manager's cottage) in Bradford
Street, Braintree, Wickham House in Coggeshall Road Braintree and
Gubbions Hall at Great Leighs. Since then Wickham House was further
adapted with four extra rooms being made available from April 2002.
In early 2001 the Society was approached
by Peter and Jean Davey the owners of 158 and 159 Coggeshall Road
Braintree with a view to making a donation to the Society of the
site which was a former dairy and adjacent farmhouse.