WITHAM, COMMERCIAL AREAS (NEWLAND STREET ONLY) IN 1995 and 1996
Survey carried out by Janet Gyford in early 1995, with update January 1996

Other posts have similar surveys for 1969, 1979, 1984, 1989, and from 2000 onwards.

This particular survey was mainly carried out to establish the exact names of the shops etc. so that they could be quoted correctly in Witham 1500-1700: Making a Living. Of particular concern was getting apostrophe ‘s’ in the right place at the ends of the names. Titles quoted exactly are put in quotation marks.

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
4 Guithavon Street (old building behind 68 Newland Street, recently refurbished, ground floor; empty above) Takeaway “Crumbs” ‘Sandwich bar’, takeaway
8 Guithavon Street, (may not be 8; new building north side, west of no. 4) Shop “Russell’s Music” [by January 1996, changed to “Candyrose”] Musical instruments [by January 1996, changed to children’s clothes?]
3 Newland Street (east end, ground floor) Shop “Kempco” Office Supplies
3 Newland Street (west end, ground floor) Takeaway “Fresh Fry” Takeaway, fried food
3 Newland Street (first floor, entrance west end) Salons ‘”Jeannas” Hair Design; “Sweenys” the Barbers Hairdressing
5 Newland Street (east end) Shop “The Children’s Society” Second hand goods
5 Newland Street (upstairs, door between P and P and Stoffer) Salon ??? Hairdressing
5 Newland Street (between P and P and Post Office) Shop “Lloyds Chemist” Chemists and dispensary
5 Newland Street, Old Post Office, main building Empty (sorting office behind, with rear access)
5 Newland Street, High House Restaurant “Lian” Restaurant, Chinese
5a Newland Street (east of 5b) (part of 5 Newland Street) Shop “Belson and Sons” Optometrists
5b Newland Street (between 5a and Red Lion) (part of 5 Newland Street) Office “Tudor Employment Agency” Recruitment
7 Newland Street Public house Red Lion Public house
9 Newland Street (ground floor) Shop “Reids” (Woolwich moved from here to 33 in 1990) ‘Sandwiches’, takeaway
9 Newland Street (first floor; access at rear is 5 Collins Lane) Office “Witham Letting Services” Property Letting Agency
11 Newland Street Restaurant “Starburger” Restaurant
11 Newland Street (first floor: access at rear is 3 Collins Lane) Salon? “Witham Health and Beauty Centre” Salon?
13 Newland Street Shop “Michelle” (Countryfresh closed April 1990) “Floral Design”
29 Newland Street Shop [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “49p and 99 p” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Miscellaneous [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
31 Newland Street Shop “Health Foods” Health food and remedies
33 Newland Street Building society “Woolwich Building Society” (since 1990, moved from 9) Building society
35 Newland Street Shop “Woolworths” Miscellaneous
37 Newland Street Shop (and entrance to Grove Centre) “Greenwoods” Menswear
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 “Gallants” Outdoor clothing, camping, etc.
43 Newland Street Betting office “Coral” Betting office
45 Newland Street Shop “Homestyle by Fads” Decorating goods etc.
47-49 Newland Street (47 Newland Street, 49 Newland Street) Public house and hotel Spread Eagle Public house and hotel
51 Newland Street Shop “Sue Ryder shop” Charity shop
53 Newland Street Office [by January 1996, changed to being estate agent] “Anglia Motor Insurance” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “Spicer McColl”] Motor insurance [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
53a Newland Street (first floor) Office [by January 1996, not there] “Roy Belsham” [by January 1996, not there] Architect [by January 1996, not there]
53b Newland Street (first floor) Office “Balch and Balch” Chartered surveyor
55 Newland Street Bank “TSB Bank” Bank
57 Newland Street Bank “Midland Bank” Bank
59 Newland Street Bank “Barclays Bank plc” Bank
61 Newland Street Office and meeting room Town Hall (Witham Town Council). Tourist information (ground floor front) Local government office, meeting rooms, information,  etc.
63b Newland Street (west end, under filled-in arch) Shop R.S.P.C.A. Miscellaneous
63 Newland Street (west end, main premises) Shop “Mondy” Ironmongers, hardware
63a Newland Street (east end of 63) Shop “The Metson Partnership” [by January 1996, changed to “Picturesque”] Estate agents [by January 1996, changed to photographic and processing services]
65 Newland Street Office “Bawtree and Sons” Solicitors
67a Newland Street (east of 67b) (part of 67 Newland Street) Empty (formerly “Bristol and West Building Society”)
67b Newland Street (west of 67a) (part of 67 Newland Street) Estate agent “Woolwich Property Services” Estate agent
83 Newland Street Empty (formerly “E.T.Gilbert (bakers) Ltd”)
85 Newland Street Empty (formerly “E.King and Son (jewellery)
87-89 Newland Street (87 Newland Street, 89 Newland Street) Office “F.H.Bright and Son” Solicitors
91 Newland Street Empty [by January 1996, changed to office] (formerly Braintree and Witham Times office; soon to be incorporated into F.H.Bright with 87-89) [by January 1996, changed to part of F.H.Bright] Empty [by January 1996, changed to part of solicitors]
93 Newland Street Estate agent and Building society [by January 1996, changed to just estate agent] “Abbotts”, with “N & P Building Society” (combined office) [by January 1996, changed to just Abbotts] Estate agent and building society [by January 1996, changed to just estate agent]
95 Newland Street Bank National Westminster Bank Bank
99 Newland Street Bank “Lloyds Bank” Bank
101 Newland Street Restaurant “Witham’s Authentic Indian Take-away” [by January 1996, changed to “Dhaka Brasserie”] Restaurant, Indian
103 Newland Street Travel agent “The Co-op Travel” Travel agent
103-105 Newland Street 113 Newland Street (103 Newland Street, 105 Newland Street, 113 Newland Street) Department store Co-op Department store
115 Newland Street Shop “Art Framers of Witham” Cards, pictures and picture framing
117 Newland Street Takeaway “The Witham House” ‘Chinese food to Take away’
119 Newland Street Empty (previously Witham Town Council who are now at 61)
121 Newland Street Office “jdr (Insurance Brokers) Ltd.”, “jdr (Financial Services) Ltd.” Insurance and finance
123 Newland Street (up alley) (main building) Office and studio Paragraph Graphics Design
125 Newland Street (written on door at left side of 127, on way up to 123) Empty (being refurbished)
127 Newland Street (the Gables) Empty [by January 1996, changed to part of surgery] (being refurbished) [by January 1996, changed to part of surgery] [by January 1996, changed to part of doctors’ surgery]
129 Newland Street Surgery Doctor’s surgery Doctors’ surgery
131-135 Newland Street (in yard) (131 Newland Street, 133 Newland Street, 135 Newland Street) ??? ???
137-139 Newland Street (137 Newland Street, 139 Newland Street) Betting office [by January 1996, changed to two premises, one betting office and one formerly a shop] “Chase Racing” [by January 1996, changed to “Chase Racing” (probably 137) and empty (probably 139) (formerly Specialist wine merchants)] Betting office [by January 1996, changed to two premises, one betting office and one formerly a shop]
141 Newland Street Surgery Dental Surgery (J.P.E.Goold et al.) Dental surgery
143-147 Newland Street (143 Newland Street, 145 Newland Street, 147 Newland Street) Empty site; buildings demolished (143 was formerly Poseurs, clothes)
149-151 Newland Street (149 Newland Street, 151 Newland Street) Shop Motormania Car accessories
153 Newland Street, The Swan Public house The Swan Public house
155-157 Newland Street Workshop “Ginetta House” ? whether still used
2 Newland Street, Newbury House House Residential
4 Newland Street, Avenue House House Residential
6 Newland Street Surgery “Paul F.Duvoisin” Dental surgery
8 Newland Street House Residential
10 Newland Street House Residential
12 Newland Street (part) Office “Malcolm G.Smith” ‘Insurance Consultants’
14 Newland Street (at rear) House Residential
16 Newland Street, Roslyn House Office “J.Rothschild” Insurance
18 Newland Street Library Witham Library 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 “Ritz” [by January 1996, changed to Blockbuster] Video hire
30 Newland Street Shop “Pollards” Clothes
32 Newland Street Travel agent “Witham Travel Limited” Travel agent
34 Newland Street Shop “GK’s Motor Factors” Car accessories
36 Newland Street Public house The George Public house
38 Newland Street Shop “Eastern Electricity” Electrical goods and payment centre
40 Newland Street Shop “Lisa Marie” Ladies’ clothes
42-44 Newland Street (42 Newland Street, 44 Newland Street) Shop “Boots” Chemist and pharmacy
46 Newland Street Shop “Celebrations” ‘Cards for all occasions’
48 Newland Street Shop “Sketchley” Dry cleaning
50 Newland Street Shop “Martin” ‘The Newsagent’, sweets, etc.
52 Newland Street Shop [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “Foster Brothers” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Men’s clothing [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
54 Newland Street Optician [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “Harrison and Stanley” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Optician [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
56 Newland Street Shop “Olivers Shoes” Shoes
58a Newland Street (i.e. east end of 58) (part of 58 Newland Street) (part of original building) Estate agent “Bairstow Eves” Estate agent
58 Newland Street (i.e. west end of 58) (part of 58 Newland Street) (part of original building) Shop [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “M.R.Specials” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Miscellaneous [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
60 Newland Street (has ‘60’ on it) Shop “Howards Fashions Clothes
62 Newland Street Shop “Emmelle” Sports goods
64 Newland Street Shop “Radio Rentals” Television sales and hire
66b Newland Street (i.e. east end of 66) (part of 66 Newland Street) Funeral service “Bakers Funeral Service” Funeral service
66 Newland Street (i.e. west end of 66, ground floor) Estate agent [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “Jonathans” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Estate agent [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
68 Newland Street Empty (formerly Keith Prowse, travel)
70 Newland Street Shop and post office “Martin” “Witham Post Office” Newsagent, confectioner etc.
72 Newland Street Travel agent “John Hilary” [by January 1996, changed to “A.Mays”] Travel agent
74-76 Newland Street (74 Newland Street, 76 Newland Street) Shop [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “Rumbelows” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Electrical goods [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
78 Newland Street Funeral service “Richards” Funeral service
78c Newland Street (west of 78) (part of 78 Newland Street) 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 Celebration Cake Arts Cake decoration accessories etc.
88 Newland Street Shop L.Holt (Butchers) Ltd. ‘Butcher and Fishmongers, Poultry, Game’
Newland Street (between 88 and 90) Church United Reformed Church Church
90-92 Newland Street (90 Newland Street, 92 Newland Street) Shop “Byford and Son” Furniture, china, etc.
94 Newland Street Salon “Silhouette du Barry” Hairdressers
96 Newland Street (ground) Building society Anglia Building Society Building society
98 Newland Street (ground) (part) Estate agent “Nationwide” Building Society
98 Newland Street (ground) (part) Shop “Hospice Shop” Second-hand goods
100 Newland Street Hotel [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Batsford Court Hotel [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Hotel [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
104 Newland Street Shop [by January 1996, changed to being empty] “Witham Video” [by January 1996, changed to being empty] Video hire [by January 1996, changed to being empty]
106 Newland Street Office “R.Pipe” Insurance
102-116 Newland Street, Newland Court (east of no. 118) Flats, sheltered accommodation Newland Court Residential
118-120 Newland Street (118 Newland Street, 120 Newland Street) Shop Highway Bookshop
(Sylvia Saunders till June 1998)
Books
124 Newland Street Shop “Pharmacy” Chemist and pharmacy
126-128 Newland Street (126 Newland Street, 128 Newland Street) Empty (formerly E.G.Coates, electrical goods)
130 Newland Street (including former forge) Public house The Crotchet Public house
132 Newland Street Shop [by January 1996, also takeaway round corner in Mill Lane] “A.J.M.Glass”, “Witham Glass Centre” [by January 1996, also Tommy Tucker round corner in Mill Lane] Glass [by January 1996, also fast food takeaway round corner in Mill Lane]
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