14. The Dace family

The Dace family xxx I see that James Dace and Son’s music shop is being re-opened in Moulsham Street, Chelmsford. As James Dace the founder was born in Witham, it seems a good opportunity to write a little about him. James Dace, senior I’ll begin with his father, also James, who was born in Writtle. … Continue reading “14. The Dace family”

Thomasin family, and the Brush Factory

The Brush Factory was one of Witham’s most important industries in the mid 19th century. It had developed from Matthew Thomasin’s wooden patten-making business of the early 1700s (Pattens were rather like clogs, worn outside the shoe). The Works and the Yard were just off Newland Street (behind what are now numbers 67 and 83). … Continue reading “Thomasin family, and the Brush Factory”