The History of the Bata Shoe Company

Bata Shoe factory, East Tilbury, Thurrock.

Bata Shoe factory, East Tilbury, Thurrock.

The topic of our next meeting, on 18 May, is the History of the Bata Shoe Company.

In 1933 a factory was opened on the Essex Marshes at East Tilbury by the Bata Shoe Company. This company was based in Czechoslovakia and had been founded by Tomas Bata, who was killed in 1932 in a plane crash.

Over the next 70 years Bata was an important part of the local economy and an international community grew up on the Bata estate. Houses were built for the workers by the company.

We welcome speakers Mike Tarbard and Paul Addington who will bring the history of this area of Thurrock to life.

Please do join us. Non-members are very welcome. The Society meets in myplace in Harold Hill – for information about how to find us, click here.

Photo (“Derelict factory – geograph.org.uk – 208117“) by David Williams. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.