Shops etc. in Witham in 1979, with street numbers

Survey carried out by Janet Gyford

Other posts have similar surveys for 1969, 1984, 1989, 1995-6, and from 2000 onwards.

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 Bridge Street (site of 13-21)Public houseMorning StarPublic house
27a Bridge Street (part of 27 Bridge Street)ShopWitham Antiques (run by Dierdre Gann. Closed 15 February 1986; had been there 16 years)Antiques
29 Bridge StreetPublic houseGeorge and DragonPublic house
31-57 Bridge StreetEmpty site------
69 onwards, Bridge StreetClub and barR.A.F.A. clubClub and bar
30 Bridge Street (extended since 1969 to include site of 32)Motorcycle salesBridge Street MotorcylesMotorcycles, sSales and MOT testing
Bridge StreetSports centre and poolBramston Sports CentreSports centre and pool
1-5 Chipping Hill (1 Chipping Hill, 3 Chipping Hill, 5 Chipping Hill)  (north part, built 1912)FactoryGreshamButtons
1-5 Chipping Hill (1 Chipping Hill, 3 Chipping Hill, 5 Chipping Hill) (south part, built 1948)FactoryGuysEngineering
7 Chipping HillBungalow---Residentil
55 Chipping HillHouse (shoe repairs closed)---Residential
Site later 55a Chipping Hill (part of 55 Chipping Hill)Vacant site------
2 Chipping HillPublic houseThe AlbertPublic house
18 Chipping HillForge and house (empty, being renovated)---Empty forge
Chipping Hill, Old VicarageHouse---Residential
7 Church StreetPublic houseThe WoolpackPublic house
9 Church Street (part) (number assumed)Former post office, empty, being converted to bungalow------
Church Street, (between 9 and 11)Disused Quaker burial ground---Disused Quaker burial ground
41a Church Street (part of 41 Church Street)ShopWest’sNewsagent
Church Street (north of 53)ChurchAssemblies of God: Bethel chapel.Church
Church Street (south of 71)Entrance to Chipping Dell (shed demol-ished)------
2 Church StreetPublic houseWhite HorsePublic house
4 Church Street, OakvilleHouse---Residential
6 Church StreetHouse---Residential
8 Church StreetShopAutopartsCar parts
10 Church StreetTakeawayH.G.Stibbs and sonTakeaway (fish and chips)
12 Church StreetSalonDanielHairdressing (ladies)
14 Church StreetShopCollinsConfectioners, stationery etc
16 Church StreetShopCoatesFishing tackle, toys, bike repair
22 Church StreetHouse being renovated---Residential
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
40a, b and c Church Street (40a Church Street 40b Church Street, 40c Church Street (north of 40) (part of 40 Church Street)Shed demolished end of 1979, new houses being built------
48 Church StreetShopCamp
(Gemmell had been there after Wood, then Sharman)
56 Church Street (behind)Plumber’s yard and showroomWitham Interiors (Keith Brown)Plumber’s yard and showroom
1 Collingwood RoadShop (new built)EvelynConfectionery
1a Collingwood Road (above) (part of 1 Collingwood Road)Office; door between 3 and 3A, to upstairsStentiford and Co???
3 Collingwood RoadShop (new built)MargotChildrens’ clothes
3a Collingwood Road (part of 3 Collingwood Road)Betting officeJoe Coral
(closed about 1985 when new one at 43 Newland Street)
Betting office
5 Collingwood RoadBuilding Society and insuranceAlliance Building Society  and GPG Insurance BrokersBuilding Society and insurance
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 accomm-odationCollingwood Noel-Pelly HouseResidential
63 Collingwood RoadHouse---Residential
69 Collingwood RoadOffice and meeting hallWitham Labour Party HallPolitical party, constituency HQ
2 Collingwood Road (south part)Showroom and shopDamanPlumbing, kitchen and bathroom equipment and furnishings
2 Collingwood Road (north part)Waiting room and booking officeBeacon Cab Co.Taxi hire
4-10 Collingwood Road (4 Collingwood Road, 6 Collingwood Road, 8 Collingwood Road, 10 Collingwood Road)OfficeArea Health AuthorityHealth authority office
12 Collingwood Road (part of south part)OfficeCareers OfficeCareers office
12 Collingwood Road (part of south part)OfficeCitizen’s Advice BureauAdvice office
12 Collingwood Road (north part)HallPublic HallMeeting hall
14 Collingwood RoadClub and barConstitutional ClubClub and bar
16 Collingwood RoadHouse---Residential
Collingwood Road (esst side, north of no. 16)Bowls Club, driveway from roadWitham Bowls ClubBowling green and club
18 Collingwood RoadHouse---Residential
48 Collingwood RoadHouse?---Residential?
Collingwood Road, Avenue Lodge (east side, corner of the Avenue)OfficeBraintree Constituency Conservative AssociationPolitical office
Cressing RoadPublic houseCherry TreePublic house
1 Easton RoadWorkshop and officeJ.B.Slythe‘Monumental masons established for over a century’
1 Guithavon StreetShopJohnsonElectrical goods and toys
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)Empty clinic (clinic moved to Grove 1979)------
53 Guithavon Street (part)Disused ambulance station (new one in Hatfield Road 1975)------
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?------
Guithavon Street (north side, west of Newlands Drive, including former sites of 6-12 and school) (6 Guithavon Street, 8 Guithavon Street, 10 Guithavon Street, 12 Guithavon Street)Car park (houses at 6-8 demolished 1973)---Car park
Guithavon Street (north side, west of car park)Disused churchAll SaintsDisused C of E church
14 Guithavon Street, ParsonageHouse---Residential
16 Guithavon Street, WoodhamsHouse---Residential
Guithavon Street, Rex Mott Court (north side, up drive south of Podsbrook)Flats, sheltered accommodation (Braintree District Council)Rex Mott CourtResidential
Guithavon Street, Podsbrook House (north side, corner of Guithavon Valley)Flats, sheltered accommodation (Witham Housing Assoc.)Podsbrook HouseResidential
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 Guithavon ValleyHouses---Residential
4 Guithavon ValleySurgeryTrevett LyleDental surgery
6-Guithavon ValleyOfficeSamaritansAdvice
8 Guithavon ValleyHouses---Residential
The Old Mill House, Guithavon ValleyHouse---Residential
Hatfield Road, Bridge HospitalHospitalBridgeHospital, learning difficulties
Hatfield RoadFire StationFire StationFire Station
Hatfield RoadAmbulance Station (opened 1975)Ambulance stationAmbulance Station
Hatfield Road, Ivy ChimneysAccom-modation for staff at Bridge---Residential
Hatfield Road, corner of Maltings LanePublic houseJack and JennyPublic house
Hatfield Road, Lynfield HouseHouse---House
1-3 Lawn Chase (former site of Lawn House)Houses---Residential
Lockram Lane (behind 40 Newland Street)SalonBrowne
(opened c late 1978 or early 1979)
3-5 Maldon Road, site of (3 Maldon Road, 5 Maldon Road)Empty site (houses demol-ished)------
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 CroftAntiques
27 Maldon RoadShopA.V.M.GlassGlass
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 (now a ‘branch’ of Spring Lodge Community Centre, Powershall End)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
77-83 Maldon Road (including former garage site north of 77)Garage (houses at 77-83 demol-ished and site incorp. in this)RowleyGarage
Maldon Road, The Cottage, (east side; south of road to Blue Mills)House demolished?------
Maldon Road, Central Buildings (behind 39 Newland Street) (ground)Incorp into 39 Newland Street------
Maldon Road, Central Buildings (behind 39 Newland Street) (upstairs)Photographer’s studioTimothy HillsPhotographer
Maldon Road, Central Buildings (behind 39 Newland Street) (upstairs)OfficeCommand Publicity
(opened 1972)
2d Maldon Road (south of Central Buildings) (don’t use number) (part of 2 Maldon Road)Shoe repairsJ.Hollick and SonShoe repairs
2c Maldon Road (south of Hollick) (first floor added by Empire House) (part of 2 Maldon Road)TakeawayEmpire House‘Chinese food to take away’
Maldon Road (south of 2c) (probably part of 2 Maldon Road)Electricity substation---Electricity substation
Maldon Road (south of substation, former public toilets) (probably 2b Maldon Road)ShopSachsLeather goods
Maldon Road (south of Sachs) (probably 2a Maldon Road)Shop (formerly Revett)A.Ross
1983 changed to fish and chip shop then closed 1984
Butcher and frozen food
2 Maldon Road (north of chapel) (ground)Betting shopJenningsBetting shop
2 Maldon Road (north of chapel) (part, from rear entrance)OfficeClarke Engineering UKEngineering
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)SalonRoy BignellHairdressing
20 Maldon Road, Freeland House (part)OfficeCharringtonsSolid fuel
20 Maldon Road, Freeland House (south)OfficeLuckin and Sheldrake???
22-28 Maldon Road, Crispin HouseOffice (new)G.Watson Gray‘Analysts’
30 Maldon Road (ground)Dental surgeryMiss J.E.McCahonDental 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, maltingsFactory?Nitrovit?Factory?
Mill Lane, north of 21Empty site (former tannery)------
Mill Lane, (north of former tannery)Bowling green (newish)---Bowling green
2-8 Mill LaneShowroom and salesShelley (full-time)
Shelley’s closed May 1982. Became Simple Simon which closed 1983
Second hand furniture
10-12 Mill Lane (part) (10 Mill Lane, 12 Mill Lane)Shop and storeShelleys (Saturday afternoon) Shelley’s closed May 1982Second hand furniture
10-12 Mill Lane (part) (10 Mill Lane, 12 Mill Lane)Two houses at rear---Residential
52 Mill Lane, HollybankEmpty site, being cleared------
54-70 Mill LaneFlats (newish)Bramston ViewResidential
Moat Farm Chase (west side, site of old Moat farm)HousesChase House and one unnamedResidential
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 (east of no. 1)Police StationPolice StationPolice Station
1 Newland Street (part)Council office in hut (new housing estate, Grove estate, behind)OfficeLocal government office
1 Newland Street (part; Grove House)OfficesSedgwick (since 1974)Insurance
3 Newland Street (east end, ground floor)ShopMusicrafts
(opened 1975; moved to Newlands Precinct c. 1980)
Crafts, cards etc.
3 Newland Street (west end, ground floor)TakeawayTommy TuckerTakeaway, fried food
3 Newland Street (first floor, entrance west end)Salons?Clive Peter ? (they were there in 1984 when Jeanna took over)Hairdressing?
5 Newland Street (east end)ShopP.and P.‘Home improvements’, DIY supplies
5 Newland Street (upstairs, door between P and P and Stoffer)SalonMaison CeciliaHairdressing
5 Newland Street (between P and P and Post Office)ShopStofferChemists and dispensary
5 Newland Street, General Post OfficePost OfficeGeneral Post OfficePost Office
5 Newland Street, High HouseRestaurantFreshco (previously Hamilton restaurant and then Taj Mahal Indian restaurant)Restaurant, Indian
5a Newland Street (east of 5b) (part of 5 Newland Street)ShopB.ClarkeOptician
5b Newland Street (between 5a and Red Lion) (part) (part of 5 Newland Street)ShopE.W.NoakesElectrical goods
5b Newland Street (between 5a and Red Lion) (part) (part of 5 Newland Street)ShopAsconaire Ltd.???
7 Newland StreetPublic houseRed LionPublic house
9 Newland Street (part)Estate agentMartyn GreenEstate agent
9 Newland Street (part)Building societyWoolwich Building SocietyBuilding society
11 Newland StreetShop and restaurantR.J.RooksBaker and restaurant
13 Newland StreetShopE.BixbyJewellery, watches and clocks
29 Newland StreetShopQuay FishFiah
31 Newland Street (east end)ShopKiddicraftChildren’s clothes
31 Newland Street (west end)Shoe repairsWitham Shoe RepairsShoe repairs
33 Newland StreetPart of shop?Store for Woolworth? (see 35)Part of shop
35 Newland StreetShopWoolworthMiscellaneous
37 Newland StreetSuper-marketTescoSupermarket
Newland Street, White Hart (no number)Public house and hotelWhite HartPublic house and hotel
39-41 Newland Street (39 Newland Street, 41 Newland Street)ShopGallantOutdoor clothing, camping, etc.
43-45 Newland StreetSuper-marketInternational StoresSupermarket
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 StreetBuilding SocietyTown and Country Building SocietyBuilding society
63 Newland StreetShopMondyIronmongers, hardware
65 Newland StreetOfficeBawtree and SonsSolicitors
67a Newland Street (east of 67b) (part of 67 Newland Street)Building societyCheshunt Building SocietyBuilding society
67b Newland Street (west of 67a) (part of 67 Newland Street)Estate agentLesterEstate agent
83 Newland StreetShop and bakeryE.T.GilbertBaker
85 Newland StreetShopE.King (name kept but run by W.G.Webber)Jewellery, watches etc.
87-89 Newland Street (87 Newland Street, 89 Newland Street)OfficeF.H.Bright and SonsSolicitors
91 Newland StreetNewspaper officeBraintree and Witham TimesNewspaper office
93 Newland StreetEstate agent and Building societyJames Abbott, Dennis Smith and Partners, with Abbey National Building Society (combined office)Estate agent and building society
95 Newland StreetBankWestminster BankBank
99 Newland StreetBankLloyds BankBank
101 Newland StreetSuper-marketC & S Foodmarket (Mace)Supermarket
103-105, 113-115 Newland Street t (103 Newland Street, 105 Newland Street, 113 Newland Street, 115 Newland Street)Department storeCo-opDepartment store
117 Newland StreetEmpty------
119 Newland Street (ground, part)OfficeEast Anglia Plate Co.‘Photo-lithography’
119 Newland Street (ground, part)OfficeAnglia Reproductions, Reg.Office???
119 Newland Street (first, part)OfficeFrepat Electronics Ltd.Electronics
119 Newland Street (first, part)OfficeLedoux and Co. (U.K. Services Ltd. (Reg. Office)???
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123) (part)OfficeJ.P.HinesChartered Architect
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123) (part)OfficeBritish Gas and Oil Burners Ltd.Gas and oil burners
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123) (part)ClinicR.B.GrahamChiropodist
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123) (part)OfficeEnterprise Staff Consultants and Enterprise ExhibitorsRecruitment
123 Newland Street (up alley; number noted in 1995))Empty? (or possibly just missed)------
125 Newland StreetOfficeRoy BelshamArchitect
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 StreetShop??? [possibly Alan’s]Toys
139 Newland StreetShopPets
(Then Mr Elliotts menswear opened 2 June 1984 until c.1985)
Pets and garden materials
141 Newland StreetSurgeryDental Surgery (J.P.E.Goold et al.)Dental surgery
143 Newland Street???---???
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)Shop???Toys and car parts
153 Newland Street, The SwanPublic houseThe SwanPublic house
155-157 Newland Street (155 Newland Street, 157 Newland Street)WorkshopGinettaAssembling 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 (between Avenue Road and the Avenue)Not noted------
2 Newland Street, Newbury HouseHouse---Residential
4 Newland Street, Avenue HouseHouse---Residential
6 Newland StreetNot noted------
8 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
10 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
12 Newland StreetOfficeMalcolm G.Smith‘Insurance Consultants’
14 Newland Street (at rear)House---Residential
16 Newland Street, Roslyn HouseOfficeHambro Assurance Company‘Assurance’
18 Newland Street (part)House now demolished------
18 Newland StreetEmpty, being refurbished for library------
20 Newland Street, Tiptree VillaHouse---Residential
22-26 Newland Street (22 Newland Street, 24 Newland Street, 26 Newland Street)Houses---Residential
28 Newland StreetShopTrendElectrical goods
30 Newland StreetShopWaide PollardeClothes
32 Newland StreetTravel agentEvelyn’sTravel agent
34 Newland StreetShopFour SeasonsClothes
36 Newland StreetPublic houseThe GeorgePublic house
38 Newland StreetShop (rebuilt, probably by 1979)Electricity showroomElectrical goods and payment centre
40 Newland StreetShopLisa MarieLadies’ clothes
42-44 Newland Street (42 Newland Street, 44 Newland Street)ShopLiptons
Closed March 1986. Boots opened here July 1987
46 Newland StreetShopWilliamsButcher
48 Newland StreetShopSketchleyDry cleaning
50 Newland StreetShopMartinsNewsagents, confectionery etc.
52 Newland StreetShopFostersMen’s clothing
54 Newland StreetOpticianEdmund WilkesOptician
56 Newland StreetShopHiltonShoes
58a Newland Street (i.e. east end of 58) (part of 58 Newland Street)Empty?------
58 Newland Street (i.e. west end)Empty--- (previously Bananas, greengrocer)---
60 Newland StreetShopKingstonButcher
62 Newland Street (east part)ShopChina charmChina
62 Newland Street (west part)ShopWitham Sports
(changed name to Emmelle after its owner Mike Leary, c Feb 1989)
Sports goods
64 Newland StreetShopDER TV (recently changed from Mid-Essex TV)Television sales and hire
66 Newland StreetTravel agentTalisman (recent arrival)Travel agent
68 Newland StreetShopFarthingsGreengrocer
70 Newland StreetShop and post officeMartinsNewsagent, confectioner etc.
72 Newland StreetShopAdams
(moved to 11 Grove centre 1988)
Children’s clothes
74-76 Newland Street (74 Newland Street, 76 Newland Street)ShopRumbelowElectrical goods
78 Newland Street (part, east end)Funeral serviceRichards (formerly Lord Rayleigh delicatessen which closeod April 1974)Funeral service
78 Newland Street (part, west end)ShopMichelleFlorist
80 Newland StreetShopMellonsWallpaper and decorating
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)ChurchUnited Reformed Church (changed from Congregational, 1972)Church
90-92 Newland Street (90 Newland Street, 92 Newland Street)ShopByfordsFurniture, china, etc.
94 Newland StreetSalonAristocutHairdressers
96 Newland Street (ground)Building SocietyAnglia Building SocietyBuilding society
98 Newland Street (ground)Estate agentBalch and BalchEstate agents
98 Newland Street (over)OfficeWilliams and BaconSolicitors
100 Newland StreetEmpty, being renovated------
102-116 Newland Street (no buildings)Sales yardHammertonsCaravan sales
118-120 Newland Street (118 Newland Street, 120 Newland Street)House---Residential
124 Newland StreetHouse---Residential
126-128 Newland Street (126 Newland Street, 128 Newland Street)ShopE.G.CoatesElectrical goods
130 Newland Street (including former forge)Public houseThe CrotchetPublic house
132 Newland Street (east part)ShopThe Corner shop (previously petshop)???
132 Newland Street (west part)Shop???Greengrocer
132 Newland Street (corner of Mill Lane)ShopSimple SimonSecond hand goods

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