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A bit about Witham
Witham is a town in the county of Essex with a population of 25,353 (2011 Census).
In 913, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Edward the Elder marched from Hertford to reconquer Essex and encamped in Witham on his route to set up a base at Maldon.
The name Witham is a composite name, part Brythonic (probably from a cognate of Gwydd= “Woods” in modern Welsh) and “ham” a typical Saxon ending and remains unchanged in spelling. The parish of Witham appears in the Domesday book of 1086. The manor of Witham was given to the Knights Templar in 1148. To the north of the current town is Cressing Temple, which was the earliest foundation of Templar lands in Britain built over 700 years ago.
A famous one-time resident of the town was the author Dorothy L. Sayers whose statue stands opposite Witham Library, which is a short distance from the author’s house.
Witham Railway Station is known as one of Great Britain’s busiest because of their excellent transport links to London. There are nine Primary Schools in Witham which are Templars, Holy Family Catholic School, Howbridge, Powers Hall, Chipping Hill, Rivenhall CoE, Elm Hall Primary, Southview, and Silver End Primary. The secondary schools are Maltings Academy and New Rickstones Academy.
Notable residents of the town include Olympians James Gibson and Graham Hedman, European Karting champion Eddie Hall and musician Olly Murs.
Witham Town F.C currently plays in the Isthmian League North Division and the town also have a Rugby Club, Cricket Club, Leisure Centre and Hockey Club which dates back to 1924.
The famous ‘Witham Walk’ is a weekly three-and-a-half-mile trail along the river and through the town.