Old Photos of Witham

The crowd at the memorial day for King Edward VII

Taken: 20 May 1910, Ref: M808

The crowd in Witham on the day of the funeral of King Edward VII, 20th May 1910. The photo includes the Town Band playing “the Dead March and hymns”.

It was a day of double mourning, because Admiral Sir William Luard of Witham Lodge had died the previous day after an accident. There’s a large crowd of people.

Shows in background on the left, 64 Newland Street (with ‘Green’ on shop). Other side of the road, middle of Newland Street, south side, 39-55 Newland Street. On 51 Newland Street is a board with ‘Cosy Tea Rooms’.

See also photo M1748, from a slightly different angle.

There is a long report of the day in the Essex County Chronicle, for 27 May 1910, including details of the Church Services held on the day.

RefM808
PhotographerFred Hayward
Date taken20 May 1910
SourceMartyn Drake
Posted on Full size 2637 × 1631

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