Kelly's 1882 Directory - East Mersea and West Mersea.
MERSEA ( the Marsh Isle ) lies 10 miles south from Colchester station, about 6 miles from Wivenhoe station and 61 from London, between the mouths of the rivers Colne and Blackwater and is separated from the mainland by Pyefleet creek, famous for its oysters, a causeway on the north side called the "Strode" or "Stroude", which is dry at low water, affording the necessary means of communication; the length of Mersea from north-east to south-west is about 5 miles, its greatest breadth about 2: it possesses many natural beauties, is well wooded and diversified with hill and dale.
On the sea coast the shore is bold and commanding, but northwards flat at shelving and skirted by salt marshes; the island farms are divided by thick hedge-rows and the enclosed fields generally small: the springs are excellent.
It is divided into two parishes - East and West Mersea - and is in the Eastern division of the county, Winstree hundred, Lexden and Winstree union, Colchester county court district, Mersea rural deanery, Colchester archdeaconry and St. Albans diocese; the whole island being defended by a dyke or sea-wall. The area is 5,322 acres; the population of the island in 1881 was 1,362.
National School (mixed), built in 1860, for 80 children with average attendance of 40.
Goddard Rev. Wm. Hy. M.A. Rectory
Mustard John, Reeves Hall
Cockrell William Worledge, Farmer, East Mersea Hall farm
Cant Samuel, farmer, Ivy house
Death George, carrier
Gunn John, farmer
Mead Samuel, Dog and Pheasant
Prentice Edward, farmer, North farm
Wood Moses, farmer
Woodward John, farmer
Gatrill Rev. James Matcham [ curate ]
Green Hugh, Strood
Musselwhite Rev. Thomas Ralph M.A. [ vicar, surrogate & rural dean ]
Shaw William, Rose Bank cottage
Ames James Stuck, baker & farmer
Bacon John, farmer
Boley Thomas, farmer, Haycock's farm
Brand George, Victory, & oyster merchant, Barrow Hill farm
Cock Charles, farmer & landowner, Lackesley hall
Cock Daniel, farmer, Brick house
Cock John Reuben, farmer, Weathercock farm
Cook Elijah Longstaff, oyster merchant
Cudmore George, carrier
Eagle Hy. Jn. coal mer. Strood Wharf
Green Hugh, surgeon, Strood
Hempstead James, grocer & oyster merchant
Howard Adarm, oyster merchant
Ladbrook Emma ( Miss ), grocer
Ladbrook John Carter, bricklayer
Mason Geo. farmer, Bower Hall farm
May Henry John, oyster merchant
Munson Joseph, blacksmith
Munson Robert, wheelwright
Munson William, Fox
Neville Abraham, boot & shoe maker
Page James, farmer, Bocking hall
Pullen Elijah, seed grower
Pullen George, jun. Rose
Rudlin William, carrier
Sach James, carrier
Smith George Frederick, miller & baker
Smith James, beer retailer & shopkeeper
Smith James, boot & shoe maker
Traveller William Henry, White Hart
White Wm. & Son, farmers & grocers
Wyatt Thomas, shipwright
Coastguard William Larman, Chief Officer
National School: John Thorpe, Master. Harriet Thorpe, Mistress.
Wesleyan School: Miss Agnes Rees, Mistress.