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Howards Stores, run by Repton Dixon, decorated for the 1953 Coronation. On the north side of Church Road - the shop has changed, but [in 2012] the wisteria by the side of the window is still there. cJune 1953. Photo: Carol Wyatt Collection
Berry's bus outside the White Hart, West Mersea. The White Hart was the terminus in Mersea and in Colchester, the buses stopped outside the Hippodrome in the High Street.
Berry's brown buses were one of the first local independent bus operators - A.W. Berry & Sons Ltd, with headquarters in Port Lane, Colchester. They sold out to Eastern National in 1937.
Bus no. LC4803. This photo is on a postcard posted August 1910. 
Mr A. Berry had started a service to the island in 1903, with a 13 seater wagonette.
Proprietor of the White Hart Hotel is A.H. Went.
Used in A Short History of Mersea by Elsie Karbacz, which dates the picture as 1905.
In a letter in 1962, A.S. Berry (son of A.W. Berry) says it is one of a pair of Melnes Daimler 36 seat double deckers purchased in 1905. They ran until about 1912. He estimates the picture as 1910-11. See <a href=mmphoto.php?typ=ID&hit=1&tot=1&ba=cke&bid=EC62_AWB>EC62_AWB </a>. c1910.
Sea Cadet Band at first Armistice Day Parade, outside Legion Hall in Barfield Road. 
Names from Owen Fletcher: L-R 1. Brian Jay, 2. John Telford, 3. Keith Mynard, 4. Bob Bisco (Petty Officer), 5. Ray Buck (drum - from Abberton), 6. Dennis Dustin, 7. Ray Coppin (bass drum), 8. Brian Marshall (drum), 9. Roger Sheldrake, 10. Dick Gladwell (Drum Major).
Also present is Burton Hewes. On the extreme right are Steve and David Conway with their parents. 1951. Photo: Bob Bisco Collection
On smack PHANTOM returning from Maldon Carnival mid 1920s.
Names roughly L-R 
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1. Kathie Vince 2. Ethel Green 3. Ella Green 4. Dot Green (Mrs Ock Green) with teapot 5. Florence Vince with cup 6. Mabel Farthing (Mrs Arthur Benns) 7. Ron Vince 8. Bert Vince looking through between mast and mainsail 9. Harry Vince holding halyard 10. Mrs Lee 11. Edna Vince (Mrs Sparkes) eating biscuit 12. Peter Vince 13. Mr Lee 14. Syd Vince. 1920s.
Guy Titford dairy cart from Barfield Road. Guy Titford was a relative of Janet Woodward [RG]. Photo: Janet Woodward Collection
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Mersea Museum has a large collection of images, mainly of Mersea Island and the surrounding area. Those shown here are a small sample.
The images are divided into categories - click on a Category to view a selection.
Each year, a selection of the images with an accompanying audiocommentary form an audio-visual display that is run when the Museum is open.
If you can add to the information we have about an image, such as the names of the people, the place or the date, please Email us.
The collection is always increasing thanks to the kindness of may individuals. If you have photographs that are suitable for our collection, we would be pleased to hear from you. We can just take a digital copy of a photograph and return the original to you.
The images above are copyright Mersea Island Museum unless otherwise stated.


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