Location corner of Newland Street and Mill Lane Witham
Map location exact or closely approximate
Year opened unknown
Year closed unknown
Century of Operation 1600-1699, 1700-1799, 1800-1899, 1900-1999
Building Type Lock-Up
Remarks Local historian, Janet Gyford, cites documents from the Essex Record Office which mention the Cage at Witham, going back as far as the 1640s. Demolished in the 1920s, when Mill Lane corner was widened.
'Sometimes you might find one in the Village Cage …..The people in Witham are aware of the fact that such a one still stands in Witham. It is a building about 10 ft square, timber built and brick nogged, with slated roof, it consisted of two compartments, with a ring bolt let in the floor, where the prisoner was chained to. It fell into disuse at the passing of Sir Robert Peel Police Act nearly a century ago [1829?], and rented by Mr Thomas Bailey at 2£ per annum, he used it as a general store, and although patched up is still to be seen opposite the Gas Works.'
An Essay about Witham, by someone who first came in 1883, Essex Record Office T/P 116/83, https://www.janetgyford.com/people/the-cage/
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