Thinking of moving to the heart of Essex? Witham might be just the place in which to invest, start a family or begin some further education. Here are some of the reasons why.
House Prices 🏠
- Most expensive property: £1.5m
- Average house price in Witham: £252,753
- Cheapest property: £137,500 (leasehold flat).
Property Investment 🏠 🏠
- In the past year, house prices in Witham have increased by an average 14% and are currently 26% up on 2014
- Reflecting a growth in younger sections of the district’s population, most property sales in the past year were of terraced houses, followed closely by flats
- According to the latest Census data, almost 70% of homes are owner occupied
- Only 40 minutes by train to London’s Liverpool Street station, Witham is very popular with commuters (its station is numbered among the 150 busiest stations in Britain).
- Witham’s higher than average employment rate may be thanks to the high industrial and manufacturing presence in the town
- There are three separate industrial estates, just to the east of the town centre near to the A12 trunk road
- The local Chamber of Commerce boasts that Witham is “not only a great place to visit, but an affluent area to grow your business.”
Location and Transport 🚌
- Witham is in the very heart of Essex, approximately midway between Chelmsford and Colchester
- Fast travel to London Liverpool Street railway station is via the mainline Ipswich service and Witham station is also the junction for Braintree
- The A12 trunk road broadly follows the old Roman road between London and Colchester, but there is now a bypass around the centre of the town.
- Witham has two secondary schools, both of which are academies
- Maltings Academy consistently outperforms the national average in terms of students gaining at least one GCSE (99%)
- There are nine primary schools in the town.
- Witham is an attractive Georgian Town, maintained by Witham Town Council, which won the Essex Council of the Year award in 2016
- Since the year 2000, the conservation group Witham in Bloom organises floral displays around the town
- Open Garden Days are also held in mid-June, when many private gardens are opened to the public.
Finally, did you know …
- The crime writer Dorothy L Sayers, creator of the fictional Lord Peter Wimsey lived in the town, where a statue is erected opposite the house in which she once lived
- Don’t be fooled by names alone – there is a River Witham, but it flows almost entirely through the county of Lincolnshire
- Witham parish workhouse was set up as early as 1714 and also served as a “house of correction” for vagabonds, disorderly people and vagrants.