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”