History of Witham

Witham, High Street 1900.  (Neg. 46225)  © Copyright The Francis Frith Collection 2005. http://www.frithphotos.com
Witham, High Street 1900
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.

Welcome to the home page for the History of Witham and its inhabitants.

Below you find links to a range of sources transcribed by History House. Further below under 'more family and local history sources' you will find additional links to help you.

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Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823

Pigot's Directory of Essex 1823 - list of inhabitants.

Poll of Voters 1826

Whitham inhabitants who voted in the 1826 general election held in the Borough of Maldon.

Poll of Voters 1847

Witham inhabitants who voted in the 1847 general election.

White's Directory of Essex 1848

WITHAM, a small, but handsome and well-built market town, is pleasantly situated on the high road from London to Colchester, >>more.

White's Directory of Essex 1848 - list of inhabitants.

White's Directory of Essex 1863

White's Directory of Essex 1863 - list of inhabitants.

Essex Almanac 1866

Essex Almanac of 1866 - a description of Witham.

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874

Post Office Directory of Essex 1874 - list of inhabitants.

Witham Criminal Cases

Court cases involving Witham residents - ongoing project >>more.

Education in Witham

Reports and returns on schools and education in Witham.

Agriculture in Witham

Report on employment in agriculture in Witham in 1867.

Images and Maps of Witham

Photographs of Chipping Hill, Witham c.1904 kindly supplied by a contributor to History House.

For images of Witham see our article on Essex Images for Family History.

For maps of Witham see our article on Essex Maps for Family History.

Witham Poor

Under the Poor Law of 1834, Witham became part of the Witham Union, later the Braintree Union. See our article on researching your workhouse and pauper ancestors.

List of parish paupers given relief in 1858.

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My Witham Ancestors

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Chipping Hill, Witham © Copyright Footstepsphotos 2006. http://www.footstepsphotos.co.uk/index.html
Chipping Hill, Witham
Low resolution copy courtesy of Footsteps' Shop on Ebay. Quality postcards of Essex.

More family and local history sources

New to researching your family tree or unsure where to find information? Take a look at our Your Ancestors section of the website. It contains tips, advice, links to resources, and stories.

Discover how to explore newspaper archives. With millions of pages now online, there is always the possibility of finding articles featuring your ancestors.

Search for Witham census returns at Ancestry.co.uk.

1841 England Census | 1851 England Census | 1861 England Census
1871 England Census | 1881 England Census | 1891 England Census
1901 England Census | 1911 England Census

Search for Witham census returns at Findmypast.co.uk.

1841 Census | 1851 Census | 1861 Census | 1871 Census | 1881 Census | 1891 Census | 1901 Census | 1911 Census

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All types of objects relating to family history are sold on Ebay. Photographs, copies of Wills, house conveyancing, bills of sale, and much, much more. See our article Essex Ancestors on eBay

If you're looking for pictures of Witham to add to your family tree album, then try Ebay. Link already formatted for Essex Postcards

Books featuring Witham from Abebooks. Just click the logo. The search terms are already formatted for Witham.

Books featuring Essex on Amazon. Just click the logo. This link is already formatted for Essex History in the book section. Refine the search to look for Witham, such as: Witham history.

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The Essex Record Office 'ERO' is an excellent starting point for research. The ERO has an online catalogue by the name of Essex Archives Online which includes parish registers. Access to both via the ERO's homepage.

Also try FreeReg: a database of parish registers transcribed by volunteers. The Essex coverage is increasing each day.

Website on the history of Witham. Well written and informative website about Witham's history, written by Janet Gyford.

Extracts from various books on the history of Witham and Domesday Witham by Janet Gyford.

Brief archeological history of Witham on the Essex County Council's Unlocking Essex.

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Essex Standard Newspaper

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Witham - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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