Dorothy L Sayers was one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Oxford. She was most famed for her detective novels featuring the characters Lord Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, and Montague Egg, but she was also a successful playwright, noted theologian, and scholar of Dante’s poetry.
She moved to Witham in 1929 after her marriage to Arthur Fleming, and lived in Newland Street until her death in 1957.
Witham Library holds a reference collection of her works, press-cuttings, reviews and letters in the Dorothy L Sayers Centre, jointly managed by Essex Libraries and the Dorothy L Sayers Society, held in a specially furnished room on the upper floor (tel 01376-519625).
The statue of Dorothy L Sayers is located in Freebournes Court.