Witham Cage



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Nation   England

County   Essex

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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    Janet Gyford, 'The Cage at Witham', The History of Witham, Essex (December 2019)

  • https://www.janetgyford.com/people/the-cage/


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