80 Newland Street, part of Medina Villas, built 1883. Addressed to Mrs E.C.Smith, Mediina Villa, Witham. She was wife of Edward Charles Smith who died 1889. She lived at 3 Medina Villas c.1889 to 1917 according to directories. The message reads ‘Part of the House where the Misses Davey went to school, in Miss Ford’s time’. Miss Ford’s school was in the previous Medina House, from the early 1870s to 1883, when that school building was demolished to build Medina Villas. The ‘Misses Davey’ who were said to have attended the school, would have been Adela and May, born about 1860, daughters of Charles Matthew Davey. He was formerly involved in Davey Paxman’s ironworks at Colchester. They made several sets of iron railings in Witham, which still have their name on. SeveraThe owner of the photo is a descendant of the Daveys.
|Date taken||1889 to 1914|
|Source||Phillips, Andrew. He had it from Graham Davey, of South Africa, cousin of Pat Davis [sic] who sent other photos.|