Witham is a town in the county of Essex in the East of England, with a population of 25,353. It is twinned with the town of Waldbröl, Germany. Witham stands between the city of Chelmsford and the town of Colchester, on the Roman road between the two; the River Brain joins the River Blackwater just outside. Excavations by Essex County Council Field Archaeological unit at the recent Maltings Lane development discovered evidence of Neolithic occupation at Witham, including human remains and several trackways across ancient marsh. Excavations of the Witham Lodge area of the town in the 1970s unveiled remains of a Roman temple as well as a pottery kiln; this would have been alongside the main Roman road from Colchester to London and used as a stopover point on the long journey. Another notable find during the excavation was a votive offering pool in the grounds of the temple, containing several artefacts that would have been offered to the gods. In 913, according to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Edward the Elder marched from Hertford to reconquer Essex, encamped in Witham on his route to set up a base at Maldon.
Witham's position on the Roman road in relation to the major Viking army based at Colchester was the most reason for this, it would have cut Essex in two. The name Witham is a composite name, part Brythonic and "ham" a typical Saxon ending, remains unchanged in spelling; the parish of Witham appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. The manor of Witham was given to the Knights Templar in 1148. To the north of the current town is Cressing Temple, the earliest foundation of Templar lands in Britain, built over 700 years ago; the town as it is now started life on'Chipping Hill', the location of St Nicolas's Church. As the years went by, the hamlet grew to become'Witham' and St Nicolas's Church of England Church serves a congregation of around 150 people each Sunday. During the latter half of the 18th century and the early 19th century, Admiral Sir William Luard was the town's most prominent citizen, a resident of Chipping Hill and a founder and patron of St Nicolas's Church, his funeral cortège through the town in 1910 was witnessed by thousands.
In the 18th century, Witham enjoyed a period as an affluent spa town after the discovery of a mineral-bearing spa by a Dr Taverner. Witham was a centre of the wool trade until the decline of the industry in the late 17th century. Witham railway station was the scene of a serious accident on 1 September 1905; the 09:27 London Liverpool Street to Cromer 14-coach express derailed whilst travelling at speed through the station. Ten passengers and a luggage porter were killed when several of the carriages somersaulted on to the platforms causing considerable damage to the rolling stock and the station. Seventy-one passengers were injured, it remains to this day the worst single loss of life in a railway accident in Essex. In 2005, an opportunity to commemorate the centenary was missed and the incident is now forgotten. Ben Sainty, a signalman, whose quick action averted the next train hitting the wreckage, has a road named after him in the town, Ben Sainty Court; the town expanded in the late 1960s and 1970s when the Greater London Council built three large council estates on the west and north sides of the town, a smaller one to the south, for families from London to move to as part of the'New Town' and'Expanded Town' overspill policy of that time.
A famous one-time resident of the town was the author Dorothy L. Sayers, whose statue stands opposite the town's library, a short distance from the author's house; the library stands on the site of the old Whitehall cinema, which closed in the late 1970s, and, itself a conversion of the White Hall country house. Witham has grown in size after the development of the Maltings Lane estate to the south of the town between 2002 and 2003; this was followed in 2012 by the moving of the Chipping Hill Primary School from its old premises in Church Street to newly-built premises in Owers Road. The development of this area has continued, including the opening in 2015 of an Aldi superstore. Approved developments include the reconstruction of both the New Rickstones Academy, the Maltings Academy, completed in 2011; the town is served by Witham railway station, situated on the Great Eastern Main Line operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. Trains take 40–45 minutes to reach Liverpool Street; the station is the junction for the Braintree branch line to Braintree.
Another branch line, now dismantled, went from Witham to Maldon. Witham is situated on the A12 trunk road between Chelmsford and Colchester, to say the Roman road from London to Colchester; the A12 ran in a straight line through the middle of the town. Witham is on National Cycle Route 16; because of the excellent transport links the town has a large number of residents who commute to work in London. This is evident by Witham railway station's appearance within the 150 busiest railway stations in Great Britain, which would not be expected based on the town's population alone. Witham has a linear town centre focused around the high street and two shopping precincts to form a
Perfect from Now On is the third full-length album released by Built to Spill, the band's first major label release. It was recorded at the Avast! Recording Company in Seattle, Washington by Phil Ek. Stylistically, the album was marked by its experimentation with longer song structures, philosophical lyrics, the incorporation of cello; the album was recorded three times. The first time, Martsch attempted to play all the instruments except drums, he and Phil Ek were dissatisfied with the results, so Martsch brought in Brett Nelson and Scott Plouf and recorded the album again. However, these tapes were destroyed by heat when Ek was driving from Seattle to Boise to record additional overdubs; the band rehearsed some more recorded the album a third time. In September 2008, the band embarked on a three-month tour to perform the album in its entirety. Perfect from Now On was released to widespread critical acclaim and is regarded as an indie rock masterpiece as well as Built to Spill's magnum opus. Pitchfork ranked this album at #22 on its "Top 100 Albums of the 90s" list.
This album, along with 1999's Keep It Like A Secret, 1994's There's Nothing Wrong With Love, is cited as one of the greatest indie rock albums of all time, has come to influence many modern alternative and indie acts. All songs written by Doug Martsch. "Randy Described Eternity" – 6:09 "I Would Hurt a Fly" – 6:15 "Stop the Show" – 6:26 "Made-Up Dreams" – 4:52 "Velvet Waltz" – 8:33 "Out of Site" – 5:33 "Kicked It in the Sun" – 7:32 "Untrustable / Part 2" – 8:53 Doug Martsch - vocals, Moogs, bass on "Made-Up Dreams" Brett Nelson - bass, Moog on "Untrustable / Part 2", Optigan on "Kicked In The Sun" Scott Plouf - drums, piano on "Randy Described Eternity", Moog on "Stop the Show" and "Kicked In The Sun" Brett Netson - guitar on "Randy Described Eternity," "I Would Hurt a Fly," "Stop the Show," "Velvet Waltz," and "Out of Site" John McMahon - cello on "I Would Hurt a Fly," "Stop the Show," "Velvet Waltz," "Out of Site," and "Untrustable/Pt. 2" Robert Roth - Mellotron on "Made-Up," "Velvet Waltz," and "Untrustable/Pt.
2" Peter Lansdowne - drums on "Made-Up Dreams Karena Youtz - "title and some words" on "Velvet Waltz", "Out Of Site", "Kicked It In The Sun". The song appeared on Eastern Conference All-Stars, Vol. 3 and Purple Rain Mix CD Vol. 1 Interview about the making of Perfect from Now On
Worlds Apart is the third extended play and first compilation of tracks recorded by Betty Who, an Australian pop singer. The extended play was released in the United Kingdom on 23 June 2014, it was the first extended play to be released in the United Kingdom. It was released to coincide with Who's "The Hopeless Romantic Tour" which included dates in United Kingdom and the United States throughout May and June 2014, it contains tracks from Who's The Movement and Slow Dancing. In an interview with Wonderland Magazine, Who explained the title: "Worlds Apart is a lyric from the song "Heartbreak Dream"'In the bridge when you hold me, it feels like you don’t know me, we are worlds apart.' I always like highlighting lyrics in all my songs. It feels like there is at least one lyric that always sneaks by you that you may not pay attention to had it not been highlighted to you initially." Katie Amos of Drunken Werewolf said. Love is Pop website said "...this is the type of release that should please any pop fan.