Police Station Information

Witham Guithavon Street was opened in and closed in

On 9th February 1849, a short article in the Chelmsford Chronicle pointed out that the proposed new Witham Police Station would be conveniently placed in that street with its junction at the centre of the town's High Street.1

 Witham Guithavon Street was the earliest police station in Witham, completed in 1849 and one of the first purpose-built stations in the force's estate.

The report of the opening of its successor in Newland Street in 1937, suggested the station had become

inconvenient for the purpose for which they were originally intended 

and describing the facilities as 

comprising a small police office, an office for weights and measures, a large room about 21ft. by 19ft., described as a guard room, three cells, and living accommodation for one superintendent and a married man. On the first floor were the Court, about 22ft. by 28ft.; the Justices' retiring room, latterly used as the second Court; together with the remainder of the living quarters for the superintendent and married man.2

In 1937, the Guithavon Street station was permanently closed, having been replaced by the new building in Newland Street.

1. Chelmsford Chronicle - Friday 09 February 1849, p. 4

2. "New Police Station at Witham" in The Truncheon, Vol. III, No. 5., December 1937, p.11 

The building's current function is: Demolished
Essex Police Museum ref CHMPM02608
Image credit: Essex Police Museum ref CHMPM02608

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