Witham - St Nicholas
The church of St Nicolas was built in the 1330's and apart from two additions on either side, has remained unchanged since then. The two storey vestry in the north east corner was added in the latter half of the 14th century, perhaps to provide facilities for a mass ordination of 49 priests, deacons and acolytes which took place in the church in 1366. The south porch was added late in the 14th century. The south chapel, dedicated to St Mary, was built in the mid 15th century and the north chapel, dedicated to St John the Baptist, was built a few years later. In the 550 years since the chapels were built, no stone has been added to this church other than for renewal or repair. The church is Grade I listed. The south doorway is 12th century, reset from an earlier Norman church built on the same site.