Old Photos of Witham

Trafalgar day centenary; ceremony outside 70 Newland Street, with Admiral Luard, distant view

Taken: 21 October 1905, Ref: M1859

Trafalgar day, 1905, the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. This is part of photo M806. See also M156, The ceremony was held outside Witham’s main stationers’ shop (now 70 Newland Street). It was used as a stationers’ from the mid-19th century until about 1990. I can’t make out the lettering above the shop front. The shopkeeper at this time was Bernard Afford, but he had plainer writing later on.

Admiral Sir William Luard, on a platform in the centre with a long beard, was aged 85. He gave the main speech; it was probably because of him and his seagoing exploits that the occasion was marked particularly enthusiastically in Witham. Canon David Ingles (the vicar) also spoke.

The photo possibly includes Leslie (Bert) Pinkham, of Pinkham’s glove factory, aged about 15. Right of centre, just in front of the platform, in a long coat, and a cap with a white badge. Someone is holding a white piece of paper in front of him.

The policeman on the right hand side, facing across the gap, under the portrait of the Queen, is Constable Gates. The man with a flat hat in front of him is probably a postman (see M323 and M1107).

There are reports of the event in both the Essex County Chronicle and the Essex Weekly News of 27 October 1905.

Either the postcard was not stamped, or the stamp has been removed. It was addressed to ‘Miss L Turner, Tiptree House, Witham, Essex’. The message reads ‘From Minnie showing how Witham kept Trafalgar Day October 21st 1905. To dear Lizzie with best love’.

RefM1859
PhotographerHarry Hall (name in bottom right corner of M806.)
Date taken21 October 1905
SourceMartyn Drake
Posted on Full size 2665 × 1633

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