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The Bathing Pool - Tollesbury Marine Lake. Postcard 126382.
Postcard is in More from Tollesbury Past, plate 24, which says:
1930s. Uncommon view of the bathing pool. The structure on the left (including the diving board) collapsed in 1980. Long before Woodrolfe Flats, the tower of the parish church can just be seen above the standing diver's head. Extreme right is the corner of Cranfield and Carter's shed, to its left, the water tower. 1930s. Photo: Cedric Gurton Tollesbury
Charles Cook, known as 'Tuddy' or 'Gunner') winkling off the Monkey Beach. Coast Road, Coastguard mast and the church in the background. Another copy of this was mailed June 1905. Before June 1905. Photo: Hardy Weaver Collection
Birch School staff, 1915 ?
L-R 1. Mrs Gill, 2. Miss Beck, 3. Mr John Gill, Headmaster, 4. Miss Nora Tosbell (later Pepper), 5. Mrs Edgar (wife of woodwork master), 6. ?
Photo 88 J.W. c1915. Photo: J.W.
Birch Church c1905. <b>This church is about to be demolished! Feb 2014</b> 
The back of the card is divided, saying this space may now be used for communication - a change introduced in 1902.
The church is now [2013] derelict.
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February 2014 the church is likely to be demolished. There is a petition to try and save it. Colchester & NE Essex Building Preservation Trust have written:

St Peter's Church, Birch has stood empty for more than 24 years.

It is now derelict and the Diocese of Chelmsford wish to demolish it.

The Trust is campaigning to save the building and has recently completed a viability study. This has identified a proposal to convert most of the building into a family home.

Regrettably, despite having found a willing buyer for the church who is prepared to spend £1,200,000 restoring this iconic landmark, the Church Commissioners in consultation with the Diocese of Chelmsford, have decided to proceed with their plans to demolish.

In our opinion, this is unnecessary destruction of local heritage. The resultant harm will not only be in the loss of this Grade II listed building but also the detrimental impact of the loss on the Birch Conservation Area and the surrounding landscape.
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<p>Sign a petition to save the church:
<a href=http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-birch-church.html target=_new>
www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-birch-church.html</a> (Opens in a new window) c1905.
2016 Summer Exhibition - the main hall of the Museum. 29 April 2016. Photo: Tony Millatt
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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.
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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.
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