WITHAM, COMMERCIAL AREAS IN 1979
Survey carried out by Janet Gyford

Other posts have similar surveys for 1969, 1984, 1989, 1995-6, and from 2000 onwards.

Some residential property is included as well if it is intermingled with commercial property

In many cases, where there is an address combining several numbers (e.g. 23-27), the individual addresses are written out afterwards in brackets. This is so that a search for one of the individual addresses might find it. This has not been done for long series of residential numbers.

For the same reason, addresses with a, b etc. in the number have the main number in brackets afterwards, e.g. 5a Newland Street (part of 5 Newland Street).

Address Description if any Title Occupation
Braintree Road Factory Crittall’s Metal windows
13 Bridge Street (site of 13-21) Public house Morning Star Public house
27a Bridge Street (part of 27 Bridge Street) Shop Witham Antiques (run by Dierdre Gann. Closed 15 February 1986; had been there 16 years) Antiques
29 Bridge Street Public house George and Dragon Public house
31-57 Bridge Street Empty site
69 onwards, Bridge Street Club and bar R.A.F.A. club Club and bar
30 Bridge Street (extended since 1969 to include site of 32) Motorcycle sales Bridge Street Motorcyles Motorcycles, sSales and MOT testing
Bridge Street Sports centre and pool Bramston Sports Centre Sports centre and pool
1-5 Chipping Hill (1 Chipping Hill, 3 Chipping Hill, 5 Chipping Hill)  (north part, built 1912) Factory Gresham Buttons
1-5 Chipping Hill (1 Chipping Hill, 3 Chipping Hill, 5 Chipping Hill) (south part, built 1948) Factory Guys Engineering
7 Chipping Hill Bungalow Residentil
55 Chipping Hill House (shoe repairs closed) Residential
Site later 55a Chipping Hill (part of 55 Chipping Hill) Vacant site
2 Chipping Hill Public house The Albert Public house
18 Chipping Hill Forge and house (empty, being renovated) Empty forge
Chipping Hill, Old Vicarage House Residential
7 Church Street Public house The Woolpack Public house
9 Church Street (part) (number assumed) Former post office, empty, being converted to bungalow
Church Street, (between 9 and 11) Disused Quaker burial ground Disused Quaker burial ground
41a Church Street (part of 41 Church Street) Shop West’s Newsagent
Church Street (north of 53) Church Assemblies of God: Bethel chapel. Church
Church Street (south of 71) Entrance to Chipping Dell (shed demol-ished)
2 Church Street Public house White Horse Public house
4 Church Street, Oakville House Residential
6 Church Street House Residential
8 Church Street Shop Autoparts Car parts
10 Church Street Takeaway H.G.Stibbs and son Takeaway (fish and chips)
12 Church Street Salon Daniel Hairdressing (ladies)
14 Church Street Shop Collins Confectioners, stationery etc
16 Church Street Shop Coates Fishing tackle, toys, bike repair
22 Church Street House being renovated Residential
24 Church Street House Residential
26 Church Street House Residential
28-40 Church Street Terrace of houses Known as ‘Charity Row’. Former workhouse. On plaque in plaster has date ‘1714’ and initials ‘TW FR SN WS’ (probably Thomas Woodgate, Francis Raven, churchwardens, Samuel Newton, William Skinner, overseers). Residential
40a, b and c Church Street (40a Church Street 40b Church Street, 40c Church Street (north of 40) (part of 40 Church Street) Shed demolished end of 1979, new houses being built
48 Church Street Shop Camp
(Gemmell had been there after Wood, then Sharman)
Grocers
56 Church Street (behind) Plumber’s yard and showroom Witham Interiors (Keith Brown) Plumber’s yard and showroom
1 Collingwood Road Shop (new built) Evelyn Confectionery
1a Collingwood Road (above) (part of 1 Collingwood Road) Office; door between 3 and 3A, to upstairs Stentiford and Co ???
3 Collingwood Road Shop (new built) Margot Childrens’ clothes
3a Collingwood Road (part of 3 Collingwood Road) Betting office Joe Coral
(closed about 1985 when new one at 43 Newland Street)
Betting office
5 Collingwood Road Building Society and insurance Alliance Building Society  and GPG Insurance Brokers Building Society and insurance
7 Collingwood Road (part), Lockram Villas (part) House Residential
9 Collingwood Road, Lockram Villas (part) House Residential
11-13 Collingwood Road (11 Collingwood Road, 13 Collingwood Road) Car park, (market on Saturday)
15 Collingwood Road Flats, sheltered accomm-odation Collingwood Noel-Pelly House Residential
63 Collingwood Road House Residential
69 Collingwood Road Office and meeting hall Witham Labour Party Hall Political party, constituency HQ
2 Collingwood Road (south part) Showroom and shop Daman Plumbing, kitchen and bathroom equipment and furnishings
2 Collingwood Road (north part) Waiting room and booking office Beacon Cab Co. Taxi hire
4-10 Collingwood Road (4 Collingwood Road, 6 Collingwood Road, 8 Collingwood Road, 10 Collingwood Road) Office Area Health Authority Health authority office
12 Collingwood Road (part of south part) Office Careers Office Careers office
12 Collingwood Road (part of south part) Office Citizen’s Advice Bureau Advice office
12 Collingwood Road (north part) Hall Public Hall Meeting hall
14 Collingwood Road Club and bar Constitutional Club Club and bar
16 Collingwood Road House Residential
Collingwood Road (esst side, north of no. 16) Bowls Club, driveway from road Witham Bowls Club Bowling green and club
18 Collingwood Road House Residential
48 Collingwood Road House? Residential?
Collingwood Road, Avenue Lodge (east side, corner of the Avenue) Office Braintree Constituency Conservative Association Political office
Cressing Road Public house Cherry Tree Public house
1 Easton Road Workshop and office J.B.Slythe ‘Monumental masons established for over a century’
1 Guithavon Street Shop Johnson Electrical goods and toys
3-17 Guithavon Street Houses Residential
19 Guithavon Street, Colne House Office Bland Fielden and Co. Accountants
21-37 Guithavon Street Houses
39-49 Guithavon Street Church Methodist Church Methodist Church
Guithavon Street (south side, between 49 and 51) (part) Office Registrar of births etc. Office
Guithavon Street (south side, between 49 and 51) (part) Hall? Methodist Church hall? Meeting hall?
51 Guithavon Street House (set back) Residential
53 Guithavon Street (part) Empty clinic (clinic moved to Grove 1979)
53 Guithavon Street (part) Disused ambulance station (new one in Hatfield Road 1975)
Guithavon Street (south side, near corner of Mill Lane) Public house The Crown Public house
Guithavon Street (south side, corner of Mill Lane (old fire station) Storage? Storage?
2-4 Guithavon Street (2 Guithavon Street, 4 Guithavon Street) Part of 68 Newland Street?
Guithavon Street (north side, west of Newlands Drive, including former sites of 6-12 and school) (6 Guithavon Street, 8 Guithavon Street, 10 Guithavon Street, 12 Guithavon Street) Car park (houses at 6-8 demolished 1973) Car park
Guithavon Street (north side, west of car park) Disused church All Saints Disused C of E church
14 Guithavon Street, Parsonage House Residential
16 Guithavon Street, Woodhams House Residential
Guithavon Street, Rex Mott Court (north side, up drive south of Podsbrook) Flats, sheltered accommodation (Braintree District Council) Rex Mott Court Residential
Guithavon Street, Podsbrook House (north side, corner of Guithavon Valley) Flats, sheltered accommodation (Witham Housing Assoc.) Podsbrook House Residential
17 Guithavon Valley Shop and repairs John Trowles Electrical goods
29-35 Guithavon Valley (29 Guithavon Valley, 31 Guithavon Valley, 33 Guithavon Valley, 35 Guithavon Valley) Council depot Depot Council depot
2 Guithavon Valley Houses Residential
4 Guithavon Valley Surgery Trevett Lyle Dental surgery
6-Guithavon Valley Office Samaritans Advice
8 Guithavon Valley Houses Residential
The Old Mill House, Guithavon Valley House Residential
Hatfield Road, Bridge Hospital Hospital Bridge Hospital, learning difficulties
Hatfield Road Fire Station Fire Station Fire Station
Hatfield Road Ambulance Station (opened 1975) Ambulance station Ambulance Station
Hatfield Road, Ivy Chimneys Accom-modation for staff at Bridge Residential
Hatfield Road, corner of Maltings Lane Public house Jack and Jenny Public house
Hatfield Road, Lynfield House House House
1-3 Lawn Chase (former site of Lawn House) Houses Residential
Lockram Lane (behind 40 Newland Street) Salon Browne
(opened c late 1978 or early 1979)
Hairdresser
3-5 Maldon Road, site of (3 Maldon Road, 5 Maldon Road) Empty site (houses demol-ished)
7-19 Maldon Road Builders’ yard and building Brown’s Building materials
21-23 Maldon Road (21 Maldon Road, 23 Maldon Road) Houses Residential
25 Maldon Road House and shop Falcon Croft Antiques
27 Maldon Road Shop A.V.M.Glass Glass
31-35 Maldon Road (31 Maldon Road, 33 Maldon Road, 35 Maldon Road) Houses Residential
37 Maldon Road Shop ??? Confectioner, tobacconist etc.
39 Maldon Road Meeting Hall Masons’ hall Meeting Hall
41 Maldon Road House Residential
Maldon Road (old school, south of 41) Community centre Community Centre (now a ‘branch’ of Spring Lodge Community Centre, Powershall End) Community centre
43-75 Maldon Road (formerly Trafalgar Square (43-73) and Nelson House (75) ? ? ?
Maldon Road (south of old school) Named houses (three blocks of four, entrance to Elm Cottage between northern two) Residential
77-83 Maldon Road (including former garage site north of 77) Garage (houses at 77-83 demol-ished and site incorp. in this) Rowley Garage
Maldon Road, The Cottage, (east side; south of road to Blue Mills) House demolished?
Maldon Road, Central Buildings (behind 39 Newland Street) (ground) Incorp into 39 Newland Street
Maldon Road, Central Buildings (behind 39 Newland Street) (upstairs) Photographer’s studio Timothy Hills Photographer
Maldon Road, Central Buildings (behind 39 Newland Street) (upstairs) Office Command Publicity
(opened 1972)
Publicity
2d Maldon Road (south of Central Buildings) (don’t use number) (part of 2 Maldon Road) Shoe repairs J.Hollick and Son Shoe repairs
2c Maldon Road (south of Hollick) (first floor added by Empire House) (part of 2 Maldon Road) Takeaway Empire House ‘Chinese food to take away’
Maldon Road (south of 2c) (probably part of 2 Maldon Road) Electricity substation Electricity substation
Maldon Road (south of substation, former public toilets) (probably 2b Maldon Road) Shop Sachs Leather goods
Maldon Road (south of Sachs) (probably 2a Maldon Road) Shop (formerly Revett) A.Ross
1983 changed to fish and chip shop then closed 1984
Butcher and frozen food
2 Maldon Road (north of chapel) (ground) Betting shop Jennings Betting shop
2 Maldon Road (north of chapel) (part, from rear entrance) Office Clarke Engineering UK Engineering
Maldon Road (south of no. 2) Empty chapel Baptist chapel Disused chapel
4 Maldon Road Shop Threebees Bags etc.
6-18 Maldon Road Rear entrance to Spread Eagle
20 Maldon Road, Freeland House (north) Salon Roy Bignell Hairdressing
20 Maldon Road, Freeland House (part) Office Charringtons Solid fuel
20 Maldon Road, Freeland House (south) Office Luckin and Sheldrake ???
22-28 Maldon Road, Crispin House Office (new) G.Watson Gray ‘Analysts’
30 Maldon Road (ground) Dental surgery Miss J.E.McCahon Dental surgery
30 Maldon Road Office Probation office Probation office
36-38 Maldon Road Houses Residential
40-48 Maldon Road Library County library Library
50 Maldon Road House Residential
52 Maldon Road House Residential
54 Maldon Road, Park Cottage (south of park entrance) House Residential
Maltings Lane, maltings Factory? Nitrovit? Factory?
Mill Lane, north of 21 Empty site (former tannery)
Mill Lane, (north of former tannery) Bowling green (newish) Bowling green
2-8 Mill Lane Showroom and sales Shelley (full-time)
Shelley’s closed May 1982. Became Simple Simon which closed 1983
Second hand furniture
10-12 Mill Lane (part) (10 Mill Lane, 12 Mill Lane) Shop and store Shelleys (Saturday afternoon) Shelley’s closed May 1982 Second hand furniture
10-12 Mill Lane (part) (10 Mill Lane, 12 Mill Lane) Two houses at rear Residential
52 Mill Lane, Hollybank Empty site, being cleared
54-70 Mill Lane Flats (newish) Bramston View Residential
Moat Farm Chase (west side, site of old Moat farm) Houses Chase House and one unnamed Residential
Moat Farm Chase (east side, site of old Moat farm outbuildings) Houses ‘Moat farm’ (not in fact) and Timbers Residential
Newlands Shopping Centre Shops [Details not noted]
Newland Street (east of no. 1) Police Station Police Station Police Station
1 Newland Street (part) Council office in hut (new housing estate, Grove estate, behind) Office Local government office
1 Newland Street (part; Grove House) Offices Sedgwick (since 1974) Insurance
3 Newland Street (east end, ground floor) Shop Musicrafts
(opened 1975; moved to Newlands Precinct c. 1980)
Crafts, cards etc.
3 Newland Street (west end, ground floor) Takeaway Tommy Tucker Takeaway, fried food
3 Newland Street (first floor, entrance west end) Salons? Clive Peter ? (they were there in 1984 when Jeanna took over) Hairdressing?
5 Newland Street (east end) Shop P.and P. ‘Home improvements’, DIY supplies
5 Newland Street (upstairs, door between P and P and Stoffer) Salon Maison Cecilia Hairdressing
5 Newland Street (between P and P and Post Office) Shop Stoffer Chemists and dispensary
5 Newland Street, General Post Office Post Office General Post Office Post Office
5 Newland Street, High House Restaurant Freshco (previously Hamilton restaurant and then Taj Mahal Indian restaurant) Restaurant, Indian
5a Newland Street (east of 5b) (part of 5 Newland Street) Shop B.Clarke Optician
5b Newland Street (between 5a and Red Lion) (part) (part of 5 Newland Street) Shop E.W.Noakes Electrical goods
5b Newland Street (between 5a and Red Lion) (part) (part of 5 Newland Street) Shop Asconaire Ltd. ???
7 Newland Street Public house Red Lion Public house
9 Newland Street (part) Estate agent Martyn Green Estate agent
9 Newland Street (part) Building society Woolwich Building Society Building society
11 Newland Street Shop and restaurant R.J.Rooks Baker and restaurant
13 Newland Street Shop E.Bixby Jewellery, watches and clocks
29 Newland Street Shop Quay Fish Fiah
31 Newland Street (east end) Shop Kiddicraft Children’s clothes
31 Newland Street (west end) Shoe repairs Witham Shoe Repairs Shoe repairs
33 Newland Street Part of shop? Store for Woolworth? (see 35) Part of shop
35 Newland Street Shop Woolworth Miscellaneous
37 Newland Street Super-market Tesco Supermarket
Newland Street, White Hart (no number) Public house and hotel White Hart Public house and hotel
39-41 Newland Street (39 Newland Street, 41 Newland Street) Shop Gallant Outdoor clothing, camping, etc.
43-45 Newland Street Super-market International Stores Supermarket
47-49 Newland Street (47 Newland Street, 49 Newland Street) Public house and hotel Spread Eagle Public house and hotel
51 Newland Street Shop Winemarket Off licence
53 Newland Street Office Kemsley, Whiteley and Ferris Chartered Surveyors
55 Newland Street Bank Trustee Savings Bank Bank
57 Newland Street Bank Midland Bank Bank
59 Newland Street Bank Barclays Bank
61 Newland Street Building Society Town and Country Building Society Building society
63 Newland Street Shop Mondy Ironmongers, hardware
65 Newland Street Office Bawtree and Sons Solicitors
67a Newland Street (east of 67b) (part of 67 Newland Street) Building society Cheshunt Building Society Building society
67b Newland Street (west of 67a) (part of 67 Newland Street) Estate agent Lester Estate agent
83 Newland Street Shop and bakery E.T.Gilbert Baker
85 Newland Street Shop E.King (name kept but run by W.G.Webber) Jewellery, watches etc.
87-89 Newland Street (87 Newland Street, 89 Newland Street) Office F.H.Bright and Sons Solicitors
91 Newland Street Newspaper office Braintree and Witham Times Newspaper office
93 Newland Street Estate agent and Building society James Abbott, Dennis Smith and Partners, with Abbey National Building Society (combined office) Estate agent and building society
95 Newland Street Bank Westminster Bank Bank
99 Newland Street Bank Lloyds Bank Bank
101 Newland Street Super-market C & S Foodmarket (Mace) Supermarket
103-105, 113-115 Newland Street t (103 Newland Street, 105 Newland Street, 113 Newland Street, 115 Newland Street) Department store Co-op Department store
117 Newland Street Empty
119 Newland Street (ground, part) Office East Anglia Plate Co. ‘Photo-lithography’
119 Newland Street (ground, part) Office Anglia Reproductions, Reg.Office ???
119 Newland Street (first, part) Office Frepat Electronics Ltd. Electronics
119 Newland Street (first, part) Office Ledoux and Co. (U.K. Services Ltd. (Reg. Office) ???
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123) (part) Office J.P.Hines Chartered Architect
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123) (part) Office British Gas and Oil Burners Ltd. Gas and oil burners
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123) (part) Clinic R.B.Graham Chiropodist
121 Newland Street (then known as 121-123) (part) Office Enterprise Staff Consultants and Enterprise Exhibitors Recruitment
123 Newland Street (up alley; number noted in 1995)) Empty? (or possibly just missed)
125 Newland Street Office Roy Belsham Architect
127 Newland Street, The Gables House Residential
129 Newland Street Surgery Doctor’s surgery Doctors’ surgery
131-135 Newland Street (in yard) (131 Newland Street, 133 Newland Street, 135 Newland Street) House? Residential?
137 Newland Street Shop ??? [possibly Alan’s] Toys
139 Newland Street Shop Pets
(Then Mr Elliotts menswear opened 2 June 1984 until c.1985)
Pets and garden materials
141 Newland Street Surgery Dental Surgery (J.P.E.Goold et al.) Dental surgery
143 Newland Street ??? ???
145-147 Newland Street (145 Newland Street, 147 Newland Street) Vacant site with corrugated iron in front
149-151 Newland Street (149 Newland Street, 151 Newland Street) Shop ??? Toys and car parts
153 Newland Street, The Swan Public house The Swan Public house
155-157 Newland Street (155 Newland Street, 157 Newland Street) Workshop Ginetta Assembling sports and racing cars
Newland Street (north side, east corner of Avenue Road) Roman Catholic church and presbytery (and empty school building) Church and house
Newland Street (between Avenue Road and the Avenue) Not noted
2 Newland Street, Newbury House House Residential
4 Newland Street, Avenue House House Residential
6 Newland Street Not noted
8 Newland Street House Residential
10 Newland Street House Residential
12 Newland Street Office Malcolm G.Smith ‘Insurance Consultants’
14 Newland Street (at rear) House Residential
16 Newland Street, Roslyn House Office Hambro Assurance Company ‘Assurance’
18 Newland Street (part) House now demolished
18 Newland Street Empty, being refurbished for library
20 Newland Street, Tiptree Villa House Residential
22-26 Newland Street (22 Newland Street, 24 Newland Street, 26 Newland Street) Houses Residential
28 Newland Street Shop Trend Electrical goods
30 Newland Street Shop Waide Pollarde Clothes
32 Newland Street Travel agent Evelyn’s Travel agent
34 Newland Street Shop Four Seasons Clothes
36 Newland Street Public house The George Public house
38 Newland Street Shop (rebuilt, probably by 1979) Electricity showroom Electrical goods and payment centre
40 Newland Street Shop Lisa Marie Ladies’ clothes
42-44 Newland Street (42 Newland Street, 44 Newland Street) Shop Liptons
Closed March 1986. Boots opened here July 1987
Supermarket
46 Newland Street Shop Williams Butcher
48 Newland Street Shop Sketchley Dry cleaning
50 Newland Street Shop Martins Newsagents, confectionery etc.
52 Newland Street Shop Fosters Men’s clothing
54 Newland Street Optician Edmund Wilkes Optician
56 Newland Street Shop Hilton Shoes
58a Newland Street (i.e. east end of 58) (part of 58 Newland Street) Empty?
58 Newland Street (i.e. west end) Empty — (previously Bananas, greengrocer)
60 Newland Street Shop Kingston Butcher
62 Newland Street (east part) Shop China charm China
62 Newland Street (west part) Shop Witham Sports
(changed name to Emmelle after its owner Mike Leary, c Feb 1989)
Sports goods
64 Newland Street Shop DER TV (recently changed from Mid-Essex TV) Television sales and hire
66 Newland Street Travel agent Talisman (recent arrival) Travel agent
68 Newland Street Shop Farthings Greengrocer
70 Newland Street Shop and post office Martins Newsagent, confectioner etc.
72 Newland Street Shop Adams
(moved to 11 Grove centre 1988)
Children’s clothes
74-76 Newland Street (74 Newland Street, 76 Newland Street) Shop Rumbelow Electrical goods
78 Newland Street (part, east end) Funeral service Richards (formerly Lord Rayleigh delicatessen which closeod April 1974) Funeral service
78 Newland Street (part, west end) Shop Michelle Florist
80 Newland Street Shop Mellons Wallpaper and decorating
82-84 Newland Street (82 Newland Street, 84 Newland Street) Shop Coopers Drapery, haberdashery etc.
86 Newland Street Shop Eastern Gas Gas equipment sales and payment centre
88 Newland Street Shop L.Holt Butcher
Newland Street (between 88 and 90) Church United Reformed Church (changed from Congregational, 1972) Church
90-92 Newland Street (90 Newland Street, 92 Newland Street) Shop Byfords Furniture, china, etc.
94 Newland Street Salon Aristocut Hairdressers
96 Newland Street (ground) Building Society Anglia Building Society Building society
98 Newland Street (ground) Estate agent Balch and Balch Estate agents
98 Newland Street (over) Office Williams and Bacon Solicitors
100 Newland Street Empty, being renovated
102-116 Newland Street (no buildings) Sales yard Hammertons Caravan sales
118-120 Newland Street (118 Newland Street, 120 Newland Street) House Residential
124 Newland Street House Residential
126-128 Newland Street (126 Newland Street, 128 Newland Street) Shop E.G.Coates Electrical goods
130 Newland Street (including former forge) Public house The Crotchet Public house
132 Newland Street (east part) Shop The Corner shop (previously petshop) ???
132 Newland Street (west part) Shop ??? Greengrocer
132 Newland Street (corner of Mill Lane) Shop Simple Simon Second hand goods
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