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Newland Street preparing for the 1897 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria
Daniel Defoe, Tour through the Eastern Counties of England, 1722: Being obliged to come thus far into the uplands, I made it my road to pass through Witham, a pleasant, well-situated market town, in which, and in its neighbourhood, there are as many gentlemen of good fortunes and families as I believe can be met with in so narrow a compass in any of the three counties of which I make this circuit.
Miss Dorothy Stoneham, born in 1900: “It was full of these old fashioned people really you know, old-fashioned gentry.”
Mrs Dorothy Ireland, born in 1894: “Oh, it was a snobbish place.”
Mrs Margaret English, born in 1890: “Well they didn’t like Crittall’s [metal window factory] coming to Witham [in 1920]. There were the Miss Luards that lived up at Ivy Chimneys right up the Chelmsford Road and this place was very, very Conservative and I think they went to visit my mother-in-law and they called it a blot on the landscape. That put Witham on the map when Crittall’s started up there”.
Mr Bert Godfrey, born in 1906: “Before Crittall’s was built, it was nearly all agricultural, no industry, or very little. I remember them coming. I think people were quite pleased to think there was work coming here. It did make a big difference.”
TheWithamBros, Video Tour of Witham, 2011, “Witham is brilliant!”