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Witham

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Witham is in England.

Understand[edit]

St Nicholas Church
River Brain

Remains have been found dating habitation back to neolithic times. As the town lies on the main Roman London to Colchester road it is not surprising that Roman remans have been found; specifically a Roman temple and a pottery kiln. The parish was listed in the Doomsday Book (1086) and in 1148 the manor was given to the Knights Templar.

In the 1960's & 1970's the town expanded rapidly, building 3 major housing estates.

Today the town caters mainly for residents, the area being regarded by some as a "dormitory town" for London. Good rail links mean that many from the area commute to work in London.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

Witham is on the A12 about 1 hours drive north/east of London. Witham is located roughly in the centre of Essex with Chelmsford around 10 miles South, Colchester 10 miles North, Braintree 8 miles West and Maldon 8 miles east.

By train[edit]

1 Witham Train stationAlbert Rd, Witham, CM8 2BS. Station managed by and services operated by Greater Anglia. On the Great Eastern Main Line running London Liverpool Street into East Anglia Witham railway station on Wikipedia Q2369354 on Wikidata

By bus[edit]

By bicycle[edit]

National Cycle Route 16. Runs Bishop's Stortford to Southend-on-Sea through Witham. Connects with National Cycle Route 1 3 miles SE of Witham. National Cycle Route 16 on Wikipedia Q16896878 on Wikidata

Get around[edit]

Witham is a small town that'd take no more than 1.5 hours to walk end to end. Most places are easily accessible by foot with a picturesque River Walk running bisecting the town from the Powers Hall/Rickstones border through to Maldon Road.

Bus Services are provided by three minibuses circling around the various estates.

Taxi services are also common and widely available

See[edit]

Bridge Street
  • 1 Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear BunkerKelvedon Hall Lane, Kelvedon Hatch CM14 5TL (25 miles SW of Witham; Access is from the A128 Chipping Ongar to Brentwood road at Kelvedon Hatch.If you have GPS then use CM15 0LA),  +44 1277 364883, e-mail: . 1 Mar-31 Oct: daily 10:00-16:00; 1 Nov-end-Feb: Th-Su 10:00-16:00. A large underground bunker maintained during the cold war as a potential regional government headquarters. No credit card payment.Crown Buildings Adults £7.50; Children (5-16) £5.50. Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker on Wikipedia Q6386622 on Wikidata
  • 2 Coggeshall Grange BarnGrange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RE (6½ miles NE of Witham),  +44 1376 562226, e-mail: . Adult £7; Child £3.50. Grange Barn, Coggeshall on Wikipedia Q28970378 on Wikidata

Do[edit]

  • 1 Braxted Park Cookery School (Cookery School), Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN (4 miles E of Witham),  +44 1206 255041, e-mail: . Braxted Park Cookery School hosts a diverse range of cookery courses to suit all abilities. All courses are taught by award-winning chefs, in a beautiful location in the Essex countryside.
  • 2 Whetmead Local Nature ReserveBlackwater Lane +44 1376 552525, e-mail: . An old landfill site, west of Maldon Rd accessed via Blackwater Lane. Boarded by the River Brain and Blackwater and by the A12. Whetmead mainly consists of unimproved grassland and lagoons and despite its artificial nature; the reserve is a valuable wildlife habitat. Whet Mead on Wikipedia Q28445687 on Wikidata

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Tesco (Supermarket), 1 The Grove Centre, Witham CM8 2YT +44 345 677 9729. M-Th 06:00-20:00, F 06:00-21:00, Sa 06:00-20:00, su 10:00-16:00.
  • 2 Morrisons (Supermarket), Braintree Rd, Witham CM8 2GD +44 1376 512390. M-Sa 07:00-22:00, Su 10:00-16:00. Petrol station & cafe (different hours). ATMs

Eat[edit]

Drink[edit]

The Red Lion

Sleep[edit]

Connect[edit]

  • 1 Post Office76 Newland St, Witham CM8 1AH.

Stay safe[edit]

Although Witham is not a particularly dangerous town, it is fairly gritty and largely working class. Tourists especially should take care if they decide to venture outside the town center. Walking around at night is not advised.

Go next[edit]

This city travel guide to Witham is a usable article. It has information on how to get there and on restaurants and hotels. An adventurous person could use this article, but please feel free to improve it by editing the page.