Old Photos of Witham

Bottom of Newland Street looking up

Taken: 1915-1917, Source: John Newman, 35 The Avenue, Witham, 
CM8 2DT, Ref: M2748

The bottom of Newland Street, looking up 

left-hand side of road. Back of horse and cart in centre.

Left to right: 132 Newland Street (William Bright, possibly an old name). Then The Globe (white. Arthur William and Mary Wass were there in directories 1895-1917). Then 130 Newland Street (small, single-storey, red brick, blacksmith’s, occupied briefly by Arthur Brockes, and then by Alice Brockes 1899-1917)). Then another part of 130, i.e.the Crotchet inn (white, with sign ‘Wines & Spirits’). Then 126 and 128 Newland Street (two buildings coloured grey, actually red brick, Coates wireless and cycles from the 1930s on, formerly Blue Posts inn). Then 124 Newland Street (red brick, two gables, Mann’s boarding school c.1845 to 1899, now Borno).

Right-hand side of road, left to right: 141 Newland Street (tall building, site of an earlier lodging house called the Carpenter’s Arms), 143 Newland Street (hardly visible, Sorrell’s butchers), 145 Newland Street (two bow windows on ground floor, Samuel Thomas Wood, shopkeeper, in directories 1890-1926). Next 

147 Newland Street (two mansard windows in roof, Glovers’ cycles and motors first shop c.1897, and where the Poulter family moved to in approx.1913). Next 149-51 Newland Street (with name on fascia, George Ellis confectioners and boot repairers. 

Postmark illegible. Addressed to Mrs JWA Sherlock, Green Heyes[?], Barnston, Birkenhead, Cheshire’. Message reads ‘Dear Sister, Many thanks for your kind and Welcome letter. I had got here but it followed me on from Beccles. I expect to be back there on Tuesday night, coming home a week on Saturday. I suppose poor Alf has gone back, I am sorry I missed him. Keep on smiling, I don’t think it will last long now (perhaps WW1). Your Aff. Brother Jed).

PublisherE T W Dennis and Sons Ltd, London and Scarborough
Date taken1915-1917
SourceJohn Newman, 35 The Avenue, Witham, 
Posted on Full size 2560 × 1639

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