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Witham is in Essex, England.


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 remains 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 1960s & 1970s 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 station, Albert Rd, Witham, CM8 2BS. Station managed by and services operated by Greater Anglia. On the Great Eastern Main Line running London Liverpool St into East Anglia. Witham railway station (Q2369354) on Wikidata Witham railway station on Wikipedia

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 (Q16896878) on Wikidata National Cycle Route 16 on Wikipedia

Get around[edit]

Witham is a small town that'd take no more than 1½ 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.


Bridge Street
  • 1 Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker, Kelvedon 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, . 1 Mar-31 Oct: daily 10AM-4PM; 1 Nov-end-Feb: Th-Su 10AM-4PM. 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 (Q6386622) on Wikidata Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker on Wikipedia
  • 2 Coggeshall Grange Barn, Grange Hill, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1RE (6½ miles NE of Witham), +44 1376 562226, . Adult £7; child £3.50. The Grange Barn (Q28970378) on Wikidata Grange Barn, Coggeshall on Wikipedia


  • 1 Braxted Park Cookery School (Cookery School), Braxted Park Estate, Great Braxted, Witham, CM8 3EN (4 miles E of Witham), +44 1206 255041, . 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 [dead link] Whetmead Local Nature Reserve, Blackwater Lane, +44 1376 552525, . 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 (Q28445687) on Wikidata Whet Mead on Wikipedia




The Red Lion



Witham and its approach roads have 4G from all UK carriers. As of Feb 2023, 5G has not reached town.

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]

Routes through Witham
LondonChelmsford  SW  NE  ColchesterIpswich

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