Witham centenarian talks of bomb blast that shook town

Braintree and Witham Times: Winifred Pratt and family. Winifred Pratt and family.

A 100-year-old Witham resident has shared her many memories of the town, including how a bomb blast to the rear of her house blew out all the windows of shops and homes.

Winifred Pratt has lived in her rented Guithavon Street house since 1941 - and times have certainly changed over the decades.

Mrs Pratt said: “When I came here in 1941 there was a slaughter house, a school, a police station, ambulance station, clinic, a fire service and a pub - all in this street.

“There were about 20 shops down each side of the high street [Newland Street] and there was the White Horse Cinema down Newland Street opposite Dorothy Sayer’s statue.”

 

 

See the paper for more of Mrs Pratt's memories and pictures.

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