Bakers Villas

1-54 Bakers Lane, Epping, CM16 5DQ


Following the compulsory purchase by the GLC of the London Master Bakers Benevolent Institution in the late 1960s, the Bakers Benevolent Society decided to build new almshouses elsewhere, further from the city.

The Bakers Villas complex was completed in 1973. It contains a care home - The Mill House - and 49 dwellings for independent living. The latter are located in buildings called The Farmhouse and The Cottage, which contain apartments for single people or married couples. There are also two terraces of bungalows. In all, some 60 people can be accommodated.

Eligible residents are those who have served for 10 years in the baking industry or allied trades, including supermarkets and shops.

The buildings were renovated in 1998.


Current status

The complex is managed by the Bakers Benevolent Society. A social programme is provided for the residents, including theatre visits, boat trips, and excursions to the seaside or garden centres. Residents must be aged 60 years or over.

N.B. Photographs obtained in August 2020

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The entrance driveway to Bakers Villas.

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The main entrance to The Mill House.

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The Farmhouse.

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The Cottage.

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A terrace of bungalows.

References (Accessed 16th January 2021)

Lawlor A 2004 Help from the Bakers. Sutton & Croydon Guardian (22nd February). (1) (2)

Last updated 16th January 2021

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