The Red Lion


The Red Lion was originally a timber-framed house dating from the 14th century which was substantially rebuilt in the 17th century. Its right-hand cross wing was jettied and still retains much of the early timber structure. It first became an inn in the early 18th century, then known as the Black Boy. During extensive 20th-century renovation work some decorative timber was put on the front; it is unlikely that much of the present exposed timber is original.


The building is listed Grade II.


The photograph below shows the building before the external timbers were fitted.

Text and Photographs: John Palombi and Cyril Taylor unless otherwise accredited. Illustrations: John Finch and Julie & John Denney. Translations: Original Concept: Joy Vaughan, Witham Town Centre Strategy Group. Narration: John Rhodes

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