The Lees family and the Midland Bank during the Second World War

  Introduction by Janet Gyford The text was written by James Lees (later known as Dickie), with sections by his father Stanley, who was Cashier in Charge at the Midland Bank. James’ younger brother was Christopher (nicknamed Topher). Jill, born in 1940, was the boys’ younger sister. Their mother was always present but not named. … Continue reading “The Lees family and the Midland Bank during the Second World War”

41. Ginkgo Biloba Trees

Ginkgo Biloba trees are my favourite trees in Witham. I only know of three of them. Their leaves are now a startling bright yellow. I hope some will still be on the trees when you read this. If not, you can still see the fallen ones, with their distinctive fan shape. Witham’s Ginkgo trees are … Continue reading “41. Ginkgo Biloba Trees”

26. The Avenue

In 1920, The Avenue in Witham was said to be “known all over the country – in fact, its fame was world-wide for the beauty of the trees”. They were lime trees, and had been planted about 150 years previously. They stood on either side of the unpaved driveway to the Grove, which was the … Continue reading “26. The Avenue”