Shops etc in Witham in 1969, with street numbers

Survey carried out by Janet Gyford

Other posts have similar surveys for 1979, 1984, 1989, 1995-6, and from 2000onwards.

Some residential property is included as well if it is intermingled with commercial property

In many cases, where there is an address combining several numbers (e.g. 23-27), the individual addresses are written out afterwards in brackets. This is so that a search for one of the individual addresses might find it. This has not been done for long series of residential numbers.

For the same reason, addresses with a, b etc. in the number have the main number in brackets afterwards, e.g. 5a Newland Street (part of 5 Newland Street).

AddressDescription if anyTitleOccupation
Braintree RoadFactoryCrittall’sMetal windows
13 Braintree RoadShopHammondGrocer
10 Braintree RoadShopRobertsGrocer and greengrocer
13 Bridge Street (site of 13-21)Public houseMorning StarPublic house
27a Bridge Street (part of 27 Bridge Street)ShopLes Petits Arts???
29 Bridge StreetPublic houseGeorge and DragonPublic house
31-57 Bridge StreetEmpty site (41 formerly Claydon’s shop)------
69 onwards, Bridge StreetClub and barR.A.F.A. clubClub and bar
30 Bridge StreetMotorcycle salesBridge Street Motorcyles
(Founded 1954. See BWT article 23 Feb 1984 filed in people files under B)
Motorcycles, Sales and MOT testing
32 Bridge StreetVacant site (house demolished 1968)------
1-5 Chipping Hill (1 Chipping Hill, 3 Chipping Hill, 5 Chipping Hill) (north part, built 1912)FactoryDootson???
1-5 Chipping Hill (1 Chipping Hill, 3 Chipping Hill, 5 Chipping Hill) (south part, built 1948)FactoryGuysEngineering
7 Chipping HillBungalow------
55 Chipping HillShoe repairsRallingsShoe repairs
Site later 55a Chipping Hill (part of 55 Chipping Hill)Vacant site------
2 Chipping HillPublic houseThe AlbertPublic house
18 Chipping HillForgeForge (Henry Dorking)Blacksmith
Chipping Hill, VicarageVicarage---Residential
7 Church Street (south part)Public houseThe WoolpackPublic house
7 Church Street (north part)ShopDeonneHaberdashery etc.
9 Church Street (part) (number assumed)Post officePost officePost office
Church Street, (between 9 and 11)Disused Quaker burial ground---Disused Quaker burial ground
41a Church Street (part of 41 Church Street)ShopBradforthNewsagent
Church Street (north of 53)ChurchAssemblies of God: Bethel chapel.Church
Church Street (south of 71)Car-spraying shed???Car-spraying
2 Church StreetPublic houseWhite HorsePublic house
4 Church Street, OakvilleHouse---Residential
6 Church StreetHouse---Residential
8 Church StreetShop?????? [Adams in flat on electoral roll]
10 Church StreetTakeawayH.G.StibbsTakeaway (fish and chips)
12 Church StreetSalon????Hairdressing (ladies)? [Askew in flat on electoral roll]
14 Church StreetShopCollinsConfectioners, stationery etc
16 Church StreetShopCoates?Fishing tackle, toys, bike repair?
22 Church StreetStore for furniture etc.ShelleysRemovals and house clearance
24 Church StreetHouse---Residential
26 Church StreetHouse---Residential
28-40 Church StreetTerrace of housesKnown as ‘Charity Row’. Former workhouse. On plaque in plaster has date ‘1714’ and initials ‘TW FR SN WS’ (probably Thomas Woodgate, Francis Raven, churchwardens, Samuel Newton, William Skinner, overseers).Residential
Church Street (north of 40 Church Street, later site of 40a, 40b and 40c))Shed------
48 Church StreetShopV.J.WoodGrocers
56 Church Street (behind)Builder’s yard and undertakerRichardsBuilders’ yard and undertaker
1 Collingwood RoadPart of 38 Newland Street------
3 Collingwood RoadSide door of 38 Newland Street------
3a Collingwood Road (part of 3 Collingwood Road)Betting officeBland (previously Cramphorn, garden shop)Betting office
5 Collingwood RoadShopNorman HolmesOptician?
7 Collingwood Road (part), Lockram Villas (part)House---Residential
9 Collingwood Road, Lockram Villas (part)House---Residential
11-13 Collingwood Road (11 Collingwood Road, 13 Collingwood Road)Car park, (market on Saturday)------
15 Collingwood RoadFlats, sheltered accommodationCollingwood HouseResidential
21 Collingwood RoadDental surgeryHigginsDental surgery
63 Collingwood RoadHouse---Residential
69 Collingwood RoadOffice and meeting hallWitham Labour Party HallPolitical party, constituency HQ
2 Collingwood RoadTyre salesWitham Tyre Co. (previously Moys coal yard)Tyre sales
4-6 Collingwood Road (4 Collingwood Road, 6 Collingwood Road)Showroom and shop (small) (and car park)Eastern ElectricityElectricity
8 Collingwood RoadOffice (old bungalow)Selleck Nicholls WilliamsBuilding?
10 Collingwood RoadOffice (old house)Essex County Council Youth Employment officeEmployment
12 Collingwood Road (south part)OfficeWitham Urban District CouncilLocal government office
12 Collingwood Road (north part)HallPublic HallMeeting hall
14 Collingwood RoadClub and barConstitutional ClubClub and bar
16 Collingwood RoadHouse---Residential
Collingwood Road (east side, north of no. 16)Bowls club, and riding stables, driveway from roadWitham Bowls Club and Riding Stable (Osborner?)Bowling green and club and riding stables.
18 Collingwood RoadHouse and veterinary surgeonWalkerResidential and veterinary surgeon
48 Collingwood RoadShop (no shopfront)HeddleClothing
Collingwood Road, Avenue Lodge (east side, corner of the Avenue)OfficeMaldon Constituency Conservative AssociationPolitical office
1969Cressing RoadPublic houseCherry TreePublic house
1 Easton RoadWorkshop and officeJ.B.Slythe‘Monumental masons established for over a century’
1 Guithavon StreetPhotographic studioAlex MuirheadPhotographic studio
3-17 Guithavon StreetHouses---Residential
19 Guithavon Street, Colne HouseOfficeBland Fielden and Co.Accountants
21-37 Guithavon StreetHouses-----
39-49 Guithavon StreetChurchMethodist ChurchMethodist Church
Guithavon Street (south side, between 49 and 51) (part)OfficeRegistrar of births etc.Office
Guithavon Street (south side, between 49 and 51) (part)Hall?Methodist Church hall?Meeting hall?
51 Guithavon StreetHouse (set back)---Residential
53 Guithavon Street (part)ClinicHealth clinic, especially children (Essex County Council)Clinic
53 Guithavon Street (part))Ambulance stationAmbulance station (Essex County Council)Ambulance station
Guithavon Street (south side, near corner of Mill Lane)Public houseThe CrownPublic house
Guithavon Street (south side, corner of Mill Lane (old fire station)Storage?---Storage?
2-4 Guithavon Street (2 Guithavon Street, 4 Guithavon Street)Part of 68 Newland Street?------
6-8 Guithavon Street, Guithavon Cottages (6 Guithavon Street, 8 Guithavon Street)Houses---Residential
10 Guithavon Street (joined to school)Empty National Schools------
Guithavon Street (between 10 and 12)Empty National Schools------
12 Guithavon StreetHouse---Residential
Guithavon Street (north side, west of no. 12)Disused churchAll SaintsDisused C of E church
14 Guithavon Street, ParsonageHouse---Residential
16 Guithavon Street, WoodhamsHouse---Residential
Guithavon Street, north of 16Empty site------
17 Guithavon ValleyShop and repairsJohn TrowlesElectrical goods
29-35 Guithavon Valley (29 Guithavon Valley, 31 Guithavon Valley, 33 Guithavon Valley, 35 Guithavon Valley)Council depotDepotCouncil depot
2-8 Guithavon Valley (2 Guithavon Valley, 4 Guithavon Valley, 6 Guithavon Valley, 8 Guithavon Valley)Houses---Residential
The Old Mill House, Guithavon ValleyHouse---Residential
Hatfield Road, Bridge HospitalHospitalBridgeHospital, learning difficulties
Hatfield RoadFire Station (opened 1966)Fire StationFire Station
Hatfield Road, Ivy ChimneysAccommodation for staff at Bridge---Residential
Hatfield Road, Ivy Chimneys CottagesHouses (three) (demolished soon after)---Residential
Hatfield Road, corner of Maltings LaneHotelPark House HotelHotel
Hatfield Road, Lynfield HouseHouse and cafeLynfield HouseHouse and cafe
Lawn Chase, Lawn House (or The Lawn), later nos. 1-3Empty building (demolished soon after)------
Lockram Lane (behind 40 Newland Street (ground)SalonChris DeanneHairdressing
Lockram Lane (behind 40 Newland Street) (above)RestaurantLe Canadien (Ann St.Cyr)Restaurant
1-3 Lockram Lane (consec.) (site of) (1 Lockram Lane, 2 Lockram Lane, 3 Lockram Lane)Empty site, part of yard of 42 Newland Street------
6 Lockram Lane, Millfield House (site of)Part of car park------
3-5 Maldon Road (3 Maldon Road, 5 Maldon Road)Houses---Residential
7-19 Maldon RoadBuilders’ yard and buildingBrown’sBuilding materials
21-23 Maldon Road (21 Maldon Road, 23 Maldon Road)Houses---Residential
25 Maldon RoadHouse and shopFalcon Croft? (this the name in 1989 – didn’t note name in 1979)Antiques
27 Maldon RoadSalonEsquireHairdresser, men
31-35 Maldon Road (31 Maldon Road, 33 Maldon Road, 35 Maldon Road)Houses---Residential
37 Maldon RoadShop???Confectioner, tobacconist etc.
39 Maldon RoadMeeting HallMasons’ hallMeeting Hall
41 Maldon RoadHouse---Residential
Maldon Road (old school, south of 41)Community centreCommunity Centre (in own right)Community centre
43-75 Maldon Road (formerly Trafalgar Square (43-73) and Nelson House (75)???
Maldon Road (south of old school)Named houses (three blocks of four, entrance to Elm Cottage between northern two)---Residential
Maldon Road (north of 77)GarageRowleyGarage
77-83 Maldon Road, Park CottagesHouses---Residential
Maldon Road, The Cottage, (east side; south of road to Blue Mills)House and nursery---House and nursery
Maldon Road, Central Buildings (behind 39 Newland Street) (ground)ShopHowsonHairdresser
Maldon Road, Central Buildings (behind 39 Newland Street) (above)?????????
Maldon Road (south of Central Buildings) (part of 2 Maldon Road) (later 2d Maldon Road though didn’t use number)Shoe repairsJ.Hollick and SonShoe repairs
Maldon Road (south of Hollick) (part of 2 Maldon Road) (later 2c Maldon Road)???(Was told later by John Hollick that Empire House, here in 1979, were preceded by Robert Clarke, hairdresser, in a single-storey building, but I omitted to record anything here in 1969 myself. Is called Howson and Clarke on photo M964)???
Maldon Road (south of the one later 2c)Electricity substation---Electricity substation
Maldon Road (south of sub-station) (probably part of 2 Maldon Road) (later 2b Maldon Road)Public toilets (disused)------
Maldon Road (south of toilets) (probably part of 2 Maldon Road) (later 2a Maldon Road)ShopRevettGifts?
2 Maldon Road (north of chapel)Betting shopEastern RacingBetting shop
Maldon Road (south of no. 2)Empty chapelBaptist chapelDisused chapel
4 Maldon RoadShopThreebeesBags etc.
6-18 Maldon RoadRear entrance to Spread Eagle------
20 Maldon Road, Freeland House (north)OfficeWicksteed and Palmer???
20 Maldon Road, Freeland House (south, part)OfficeLuckin and Sheldrake???
20 Maldon Road, Freeland House (south, part)OfficeMoySolid fuel
22-28 Maldon RoadEmpty site------
30 Maldon Road (ground)Dental surgeryRobsonDental surgery
30 Maldon RoadOfficeProbation officeProbation office
36-38 Maldon RoadHouses---Residential
40-48 Maldon RoadLibraryCounty libraryLibrary
50 Maldon RoadHouse---Residential
52 Maldon RoadHouse---Residential
54 Maldon Road, Park Cottage (south of park entrance)House---Residential
Maltings Lane, maltingsFactoryNitrovitAnimal feed etc.?
Mill Lane, north of 21TanneryRowland StaggTannery
2-8 Mill LaneShowroom and salesMorrisonSecond hand furniture?
10-12 Mill Lane (part) (10 Mill Lane, 12 Mill Lane)Shop and storeShelleys (Saturday afternoon)Second hand furniture
10-12 Mill Lane (part) (10 Mill Lane, 12 Mill Lane)Two houses at rear---Residential
52 Mill Lane, HollybankHouse---Residential
54-70 Mill LaneEmpty site (Poplar Terrace, houses, demolished 1968)------
Moat Farm Chase (west side, site of old Moat farm)HousesChase House and one under constructionResidential
Moat Farm Chase (east side, site of old Moat farm outbuildings)Houses‘Moat farm’ (not in fact) and TimbersResidential
Newlands Shopping CentreShops[Details not noted]---
Newland Street (esst of no. 1)Police StationPolice StationPolice Station
1 Newland StreetVacant site, formerly The Grove------
3 Newland StreetSalon (residential until 1968)???Hairdressing
5 Newland Street (east of Post Office) (ground)Shop (constructed 1968 on site of earlier 20th cent. building)StofferChemists and dispensary
5 Newland Street (east of Post Office) (first floor)?????????
5 Newland Street, General Post OfficePost OfficeGeneral Post OfficePost Office
5 Newland Street, High HouseEmpty (previously Stoffer, chemist)------
5a Newland Street (east of 5b) (part of 5 Newland Street)ShopB.ClarkeOptician
5b Newland Street (between 5a and Red Lion) (part of 5 Newland Street)ShopE.W.NoakesElectrical goods
7 Newland StreetPublic houseRed LionPublic house
9 Newland Street (ground floor)ShopTaberGreengrocer?
11 Newland StreetShopJoannaChildren’s clothes?
13 Newland StreetTravel agentEvelynConfectioner?
29 Newland StreetShopEdwardsButcher
31 Newland StreetShopBrand??? Baker?
33 Newland StreetEmpty shop------
35 Newland StreetShopWoolworthMiscellaneous
37 Newland StreetSupermarketTescoSupermarket
Newland Street, White Hart (no number)Public house and hotelWhite HartPublic house and hotel
39 Newland StreetShopWitham NewsagentsNewsagent
41 Newland StreetShopGallantOutdoor clothing, camping, etc.
43 Newland StreetSupermarketInternational StoresSupermarket
45 Newland StreetEmpty shop (being incorporated in 43)------
47-49 Newland Street (47 Newland Street, 49 Newland Street)Public house and hotelSpread EaglePublic house and hotel
51 Newland StreetShopWinemarketOff licence
53 Newland StreetOfficeKemsley, Whiteley and FerrisChartered Surveyors
55 Newland StreetBankTrustee Savings BankBank
57 Newland StreetBankMidland BankBank
59 Newland StreetBankBarclaysBank
61 Newland StreetEmptyPreviously Rippons (store for tobacconist?)---
63 Newland StreetShopMondyIronmongers, hardware
65 Newland StreetOfficeBawtree and SonsSolicitors
67 Newland StreetEmpty--- (previously Parion Products, caravan equipment etc., and Semple, barber)---
83 Newland StreetShop and bakeryE.T.GilbertBaker
85 Newland StreetShopE.KingJewellery, watches etc.
87 Newland StreetOfficeF.H.Bright and SonsSolicitors
89-91 Newland Street (89 Newland Street, 91 Newland Street)Newspaper officeBraintree and Witham TimesNewspaper office
93 Newland StreetEstate agentJames Abbott, Dennis Smith and PartnersEstate agent
95-Newland StreetBankWestminster BankBank
99 Newland StreetBankLloyds BankBank
101 Newland StreetSupermarketHoward’s DairiesSupermarket
103-105 Newland Street (103 Newland Street, 105 Newland Street)Department Store (part of)Co-opMenswear (east end), furniture (west end)
113-115 Newland Street (113 Newland Street, 115 Newland Street)Department Store (part of)Co-opLadies’ wear (east end), Food (west end)
117 Newland StreetOfficeCo-opCoal supply
119 Newland StreetOfficeStanley BraggArchitect
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123)OfficeExpress DuplicatorsDuplicating (copying documents etc., available to public)
123 Newland Street (up alley; number noted in 1995))Empty? (or possibly just missed)------
125 Newland StreetOfficeCommercial Union AssuranceInsurance
127 Newland Street, The GablesHouse---Residential
129 Newland StreetSurgeryDoctor’s surgeryDoctors’ surgery
131-135 Newland Street (in yard) (131 Newland Street, 133 Newland Street, 135 Newland Street)House?---Residential?
137 Newland StreetShopWoolshopWool
139 Newland StreetShopParkersGrocer
141 Newland StreetSurgeryDental Surgery (J.Goold)Dental surgery
143 Newland StreetSalonPaul’sHairdresser
145-147 Newland Street (145 Newland Street, 147 Newland Street)Vacant site with corrugated iron in front------
149-151 Newland Street (149 Newland Street, 151 Newland Street)ShopKeysToys
153 Newland Street, The SwanPublic houseThe SwanPublic house
155-157 Newland Street (155 Newland Street, 157 Newland Street)WorkshopGinetta
(opened c. 1962)
Assembling sports and racing cars
Newland Street (north side, east corner of Avenue Road)Roman Catholic church and presbytery (and empty school building)---Church and house
Newland Street (north side, west corner of Avenue Road)Car sales and serviceHurrell and Beardwell
See Braintree and Witham Times article 16 Feb 1984 filed in people files under H.
Hurrell and Beardwell bankrupt May 1986. Re-opened by David Beardwell March 1984.
Car sales and service
Newland Street (between Hurrell and Beardwell and British Legion)Offices with empty site next to B.L.??? (I noted ‘Two Government offices’)Government offices
Newland Street (north side, east of Glovers)Meeting hallRoyal British Legion HallMeeting hall
Newland Street (north side, east corner of The Avenue)Car sales and serviceGlovers MotorsCar sales and service
2 Newland Street, Newbury HouseHouse---Residential
4 Newland Street, Avenue HouseHouse---Residential
6 Newland StreetOfficeStamp Wortley???
8 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
10 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
12 Newland Street (part)OfficeMalcolm G.Smith‘Insurance Consultants’
12 Newland Street (part)OfficeTom MortonPlanning Consultant
14 Newland Street (at rear)House---Residential
16 Newland Street, Roslyn HouseHouse---Residential
18 Newland Street (part)House------
18 Newland Street, WhitehallEmpty (former cinema)------
20 Newland Street, Tiptree VillaHouse---Residential
22-26 Newland Street (22 Newland Street, 24 Newland Street, 26 Newland Street)Empty------
28 Newland StreetShopMellonsWallpaper, paint etc.
30 Newland StreetShopWaide PollardeClothes
32 Newland StreetTravel agentEvelyn’sTravel agent
34 Newland StreetShopModesLadies’ clothes
36 Newland StreetPublic houseThe GeorgePublic house
38 Newland StreetShopGloversCycles, car accessories?
40 Newland StreetShopLisa MarieLadies’ clothes
42-44 Newland Street (42 Newland Street, 44 Newland Street)SupermarketHome and Colonial StoresSupermarket
46 Newland StreetShopFrank NormanButcher
48 Newland StreetShop (built 1968 or 1969)BrentexDry cleaning
50 Newland StreetShop (built 1968 or 1969)MartinsNewsagent
52 Newland StreetShop (built 1968 or 1969)FosterMen’s clothing
54 Newland StreetEmpty shop (built 1968 or 1969)------
56 Newland StreetShopLloydsShoes
58a Newland Street (east end of 58?) (part of 58 Newland Street)ShopBidwellClothes?
58 Newland Street (i.e. west end)ShopLovedayButcher
60 Newland StreetShopTooksBaker
62 Newland Street (part)ShopBrowns???
62 Newland Street (part)ShopSmiths???
64 Newland StreetShopMid-Essex TV (Bellamy’s chemist till 1968)Television sales and hire
66 Newland StreetShopOld Trinity Wine HouseOff licence
68 Newland StreetShopFarthingsGreengrocer
70 Newland StreetShop and post officeMartinsNewsagent, confectioner etc.
72 Newland StreetShopDaviesMen’s clothing
74-76 Newland Street (74 Newland Street, 76 Newland Street)ShopStanwoodElectrical goods
78 Newland StreetShopLord Rayleighs Dairies (closed April 1974; been here c. 15 years)Food, delicatessen
80 Newland StreetHouses behind, 80-84, but no shop noted here------
82-84 Newland Street (82 Newland Street, 84 Newland Street)ShopCoopersDrapery, haberdashery etc.
86 Newland StreetShopEastern GasGas equipment sales and payment centre
88 Newland StreetShopL.HoltButcher
Newland Street (between 88 and 90)ChurchCongregational churchChurch
90-92 Newland Street (90 Newland Street, 92 Newland Street)ShopByfordsFurniture, china, etc.
94 Newland StreetSalonSilhouetteHairdressers
98 Newland Street (rebuilt 1969) (later called 96-98) (ground)Empty shop------
98 Newland Street (rebuilt 1969) (later called 96-98) (above)OfficeBudd, Martin and Burell???
100 Newland StreetEstate agentBalch and BalchEstate agent
102-116 Newland Street (no buildings)Sales yardParion’sCaravan sales
118-120 Newland Street (118 Newland Street, 120 Newland Street)House---Residential
124 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
126 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
128 Newland StreetShopE.G.CoatesElectrical goods
130 Newland Street (part)Public houseThe CrotchetPublic house
130 Newland Street (part)Empty (former house, being altered to include in Crotchet)------
130 Newland Street (part)Empty (former forge, being altered to include in Crotchet)------
132 Newland StreetCafeFrank’s cafeCafe
White Horse LaneBuilders’ yardAdams and MortimerBuilder’s yard
White Horse LaneBuilders’ yardHey and CroftBuilder’s yard











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