Three walks round Witham

Walk 1: Round the ancient earthworks Walk 2: The village of Chipping Hill Walk 3: The Town Centre Each of these three files contains the details of a single walk around part  of Witham, including photographs and descriptions. Click on the one you want, and you’ll see the route and the history. Although the walks … Continue reading “Three walks round Witham”

Tape 002. Mrs Dorothy Ireland (nee Goss), sides 3 and 4

Tape 2 Mrs Ireland was born in 1894, and was interviewed on 25 November 1976. when she lived at 12 Chalks Road, Witham. She also appears on tapes 1, 3, 7, 33, 86, 90 and 97. For more information about her, see the the notes in the people category headed Ireland, Mrs Dorothy (Dolly), nee … Continue reading “Tape 002. Mrs Dorothy Ireland (nee Goss), sides 3 and 4”

48. The old police station in Guithavon Street

From medieval times, local police work was carried out by part-time parish constables, who received expenses but no wages. In Witham there were usually two of them, perhaps a blacksmith or a butcher or a farmer. At times of trouble, “Special constables” were recruited as well The County Police Act, passed in 1839, authorised counties … Continue reading “48. The old police station in Guithavon Street”

Guithavon Street

  People often ask me where the street name “Guithavon” comes from. It was coined by Witham’s William Henry Pattisson in 1842, when he gave the land for Guithavon Street to be laid out. Previously there had just been a footpath. For many years I dismissed Mr Pattisson’s choice of Guithavon as just being guesswork. … Continue reading “Guithavon Street”