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Memory Lane - Peggy Calver, teacher at West Mersea School
ID ML2017_003_L81_001
Title Memory Lane - Peggy Calver, teacher at West Mersea School
Abstract

Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Brunt née Calver passed away in Boston Butterfly Hospice on Saturday 11th February - her daughter's birthday. She was a teacher at West Mersea School during the war. Ron...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_003_L81_001

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Sarah Wrench, died 6 May 1848, buried East Mersea.
ID TXA00220
Title Sarah Wrench, died 6 May 1848, buried East Mersea.
Abstract Just to the north east of East Mersea Church is the grave of Sarah Wrench. It is unusual in that it has iron hoops over it, forming a cage. A cast iron plaque on the grave says "Sarah Wrench died 6th May 1848 aged 15 years and 5 months"

The East Mersea Parish Records tell us that Sarah...

Author Tony Millatt
Keywords churchyard, WCH
Published 31 May 2009
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00220

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Mersea Life - the 'Old' Fountain
ID ML2017_002_L21
Title Mersea Life - the 'Old' Fountain
Abstract

Our local scene this month comes from a very faded postcard given to me many years ago by Mrs Ivy 'Doll' Cook née Green. The scene is the 'old' Fountain in East Road c 1908 when the inn keeper was...
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_002_L21

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Memory Lane - Hadley's shops in Mill Road
ID ML2016_010_L83_001
Title Memory Lane - Hadley's shops in Mill Road
Abstract There has been considerable feedback on last month's item about shops in High Street. Memories of Hadley's shops in Mill Road have also appeared on social media.

The shop best remembered as...

Author Ron Green, Brian Jay and Tony Millatt
Published October 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_010_L83_001

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Assembly Hall, East Road
ID MMH_MAH
Title Assembly Hall, East Road
Abstract

Situated in East Road on the corner of Seaview Avenue is the Assembly Hall, an attractive boarded and tiled building opened in 1910 when Mersea Island was discovered and thought to be a desirable...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MAH

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Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
ID MMH_MET
Title Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
Abstract

The Wesleyan Chapel in Mill Road, West Mersea. It is now known as the Methodist Church.

Wesleyan Methodism began here, as far as can be traced, in 1832. At that time a Welsh...

Author William Chatters
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MET

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East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
ID MMH_EMP
Title East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Abstract

From seawards, the gaunt square tower of St. Edmunds stands stark above the East Mersea skyline, a dominant and trusty seafarers' landmark. But perhaps the best way to introduce...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_EMP

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Old City Hall in The Lane
ID MMH_OCH
Title Old City Hall in The Lane
Abstract

Many people walking down The Lane have been surprised to see a little mission hall tucked in among the houses in the oldest part of the island. They wonder at the name, "Old City Hall", a somewhat grandiose name for such a small hall; however, the name is more apt than it at...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_OCH

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Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
ID MMH_MTG
Title Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
Abstract

Travelling eastwards along the road from West to East Mersea you see a turning to the left named "Meeting Lane"; if you go down the lane you will not now find any clues as to where meetings were held...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MTG

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Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
ID MMH_CGU
Title Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
Abstract West Mersea Free Church, Mill Road
Formerly Union Church, (Congregational & Baptist).

It was in the year of the battle of Trafalgar that a local landowner and oyster merchant, Mr Bennett...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_CGU

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Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
ID MMH_CED
Title Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
Abstract Though the church is the latest to be built on the Island, its roots go back to the very beginnings of the Island's Christian heritage.
Christianity reached Essex through St. Cedd, a monk, who landed at Bradwell in AD653, at the invitation of the local King. From there Cedd proceeded with...
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_CED

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Article

Night Soil Collection
ID DJG_NSL
Title Night Soil Collection
Abstract We are very apt to take things for granted these days - I refer to the public utilities, water supplies, lighting, refuse collection, and by no means least of all, the disposal of sewage. In the mid-eighties there was no sewer in Tollesbury in Essex and the population in excess of 1,000 had...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 March 1978
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_NSL

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The day the war ended
ID DJG_WWX
Title The day the war ended
Abstract During the past month (September 1979) we have been subjected to a great deal of news items by press, radio and television, regarding the "day war broke out", but the most happiest and thankful time was when it ended. I arrived home on 30th April 1945 from Europe where I had been serving in...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords ww2
Published 29 September 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_WWX

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West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
ID MMH_WMP
Title West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
Abstract It was at a spot only three miles across the Backwater Estuary at Bradwell-on-Sea that St. Cedd founded his little monastery circa 654, built the historic St. Peter's Chapel out of the remains of the Roman fort of Othona, and from there he evangelised Essex, the kingdom of the East Saxons. It is...
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_WMP

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East Mersea road blocked
ID ML2016_011_L85
Title East Mersea road blocked
Abstract

A piece of World War 2 shrapnel recently landed back on Mersea - in the Museum letterbox. It came from John Simons, whose family came to live with relatives in East Mersea to escape the bombs coming down around the Chatham Dockyard in Kent. The shrapnel had originally arrived in...

Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Published November 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_011_L85

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An Essex Wildfowler - John Gurton 1848-1916
ID DJG_EWF
Title An Essex Wildfowler - John Gurton 1848-1916
Abstract Hanging on the wall of the grand staircase in the Chelmsford and Essex Museum, Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, is a formidable 18th century four bore flint lock mud sledge or punt gun, reputed to have been owned and used at one time by John Gurton of Tollesbury, my grandfather, John was the second...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_EWF

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100 Years Ago. Moss Cottage wedding
ID ML2016_010_L83_002
Title 100 Years Ago. Moss Cottage wedding
Abstract This happy wedding group are pictured outside Moss Cottage, Queens Corner just over 100 years ago, on September 29th 1916. Tragically both the bridgegroom Archibold Percy Green, the Best Man Henry Pullen and one other of the wedding guests were to lose their lives when their ship RFA INDUSTRY was...
Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Published October 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_010_L83_002

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Article

White Hart Darts Club coach trip
ID ML2016_001_L12_001
Title White Hart Darts Club coach trip
Abstract We have had a lot of feedback from the image published in November's edition of Mersea Life showing the happy group of Mersea Locals on a trip with the White Hart darts team by Underwoods coach. We have been asked if we can print a larger picture - so here it is.

Author Ron Green
Published January 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_001_L12_001

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Memory Lane - Mersea bands
ID ML2016_008_L81
Title Memory Lane - Mersea bands
Abstract On Saturday 6th July, Wendy and I went along to Fen Farm, East Mersea to a Concert given by the Colchester Community Band themed 'Colchester Community Band goes pop'. The concert was in Ralph's tractor shed a fine new building built by Ralph Lord to house his fine collection of vintage tractors....
Published August 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_008_L81

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Memory Lane - buses in the ditch
ID ML2016_007_L19
Title Memory Lane - buses in the ditch
Abstract On the 29th April last, a double decker operated by First Bus Company ended up in the ditch opposite Bonners on the Mersea Road. This is not the first time this has happened and we show two pictures of an earlier accident. In very windy weather with a South West wind the vehicles often catch a gust...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_007_L19

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Article

Memory Lane - Peldon Home Guard
ID ML2016_005_L24
Title Memory Lane - Peldon Home Guard
Abstract We continue the Home Guard theme from last month, with the Peldon Home Guard, photographed outside the Peldon Rose.

Back Row 1. Edgar Reynolds, 2. Vic Sheldrake L/Cpl, 3. Will Nicholas, 4....

Author Ron Green
Published May 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_005_L24

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Memory Lane - the Home Guard
ID ML2016_004_L93_001
Title Memory Lane - the Home Guard
Abstract

I recently went to the cinema in Colchester, my first visit to the Odeon since it moved from Crouch Street. I went to see the film 'Dad's Army' because I always think the TV series is the funniest programme ever to come on television. Its a good film, but there will never be...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_004_L93_001

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Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1960s
ID ML2016_003_L83_001
Title Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1960s
Abstract We have had a nice lot of feedback after last month's photo of the Union Church outing to Wannock Gardens, so here's another one, but we are not sure who organised this one . We don't have the date but it is in the 1960s. Again, it shows many of the old locals that are fondly remembered by us still...
Author Ron Green
Published March 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_003_L83_001

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Article

Memory Lane - High Street shops
ID ML2016_009_L81
Title Memory Lane - High Street shops
Abstract There has been a good deal of interest in High Street with the demolition Marfleet Lettings building and the erection of a new building in its place. The old timber framed building dated from the early 1930s and, as far as can be remembered, started life as Mr Charles Bloomfield's sweet shop. During...
Author Ron Green, Tony Millatt, Brian Jay
Published September 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_009_L81

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Article

The Old Ship Inn and City Hall
ID ML2015_005_P99
Title The Old Ship Inn and City Hall
Abstract During my eighty three years on Mersea Island, I've been to most corners and been in to a number of local buildings, I've even built a few but never had I been in to City Hall, the little chapel in The Lane.

On our Sunday tour of Mersea recently we were driving down The Lane when we saw...

Author Ron Green
Published May 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_005_P99

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Zeppelin L33 at Little Wigborough.
ID DIS2016_ZEP
Title Zeppelin L33 at Little Wigborough.
Abstract Excitement came to the small village of Little Wigborough on the night of 24 September 1916, with the crash of th e German Zeppelin airship L33. The airship had been on a bombing raid over London and was returning to Germany. She was, however, hit by gunfire over the East End and she then struggled...
Source Mersea Museum
ID DIS2016_ZEP

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Linda receives her MBE from Prince Charles
ID ML2016_001_L11_001
Title Linda receives her MBE from Prince Charles
Abstract On Friday, 18 December, Mrs Linda Bullen of the Catherine Bullen Foundation based in West Mersea, attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace with her family to receive an MBE from His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

The citation read 'Co-founder, the...

Published January 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_001_L11_001

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East Mersea life in the early Twentieth Century
ID COR2_008
Title East Mersea life in the early Twentieth Century
Abstract

My father, Leslie James Green, was born on December 5th 1902 in the old Blue Row Cottages. He was the second son of Arthur John Green (known as Jack) and Alice Jane, née Mingay. Jack was born in the old Workhouse Cottages at Waldegraves on February 3rd 1878.

Alice...

Author Ron Green
Published 4 February 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_008

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Article

The America Cup
ID DJG_YCP
Title The America Cup
Abstract Without doubt the series of excellent articles by Mr John Leather originally submitted in connection with the "Seafarers' Window" have stimulated interest in many newcomers and revived memories for many of the older generation in the parish. It is possibly fitting to recall that the colourful...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords yachting
Published 1 March 1976
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_YCP

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The ORARI plaque
ID DJG_NZS
Title The ORARI plaque
Abstract

The article below was written by Douglas Gurton in 1976. The Hope Inn, Tollesbury, closed in 2009. The plaque is now in The Kings Head, Tollesbury.

Hanging on the wall of the...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 14 August 1976
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_NZS

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Memories - the wartime school at The Nothe
ID LUC_SCH_007
Title Memories - the wartime school at The Nothe
Abstract As elsewhere in the country, Mersea has been looking "back at the war years. Those of you who visited the Museum last year will have seen many reminders of the Second World War, and we of a "certain age" tended to say, "Do you remember?"!

One wartime event on the Island, perhaps not...

Author Susan Luckham
Published 2006
Source Mersea Museum
ID LUC_SCH_007

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Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 2.
ID COR2_017
Title Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 2.
Abstract

In March 1871 Sabine Baring Gould and his family arrived on Mersea. He was to be the rector at East Mersea for the next ten years. It is well documented that he found life in East Mersea difficult. He complained that the inhabitants of this parish were "dull, reserved, shy and...

Author David Nicholls
Published 8 June 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_017

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Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1961
ID ML2016_002_L17_001
Title Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1961
Abstract For this month we have another group that went for an outing in an Underwoods Coach.

This group from the Union Church (Now the Free Church) are pictured at Wannock Gardens, Polegate, Sussex in 1961...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_002_L17_001

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An early Mersea Telephone Directory
ID TXA00950
Title An early Mersea Telephone Directory
Abstract An early directory, compiled from various sources. ...
Author Tony Millatt / Ron Green
Keywords phone list telephone list.
Published c1929
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00950

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Article

Mersea Hero at the Somme - Back in Time Courier article
ID COR_011
Title Mersea Hero at the Somme - Back in Time Courier article
Abstract

While scanning the Pullen family album we came across a WW1 photo of Arthur David ('Dash') Pullen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pullen, in the uniform of the Essex Regiment. On the back of a...
Author Brian Jay / Don Rainbird / Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum / Mersea Island Courier
ID COR_011

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Memory Lane - Underwoods Coaches
ID ML2015_011_L66
Title Memory Lane - Underwoods Coaches
Abstract Following on with Underwoods story, we have two pictures taken during a White Hart Darts Club outing to Felixstowe - or Gt Yarmouth with an Underwoods coach. The pictures come courtesy of Jenny Gibbons who appears on both images.

Author Ron Green
Published November 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_011_L66

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Article

Memory Lane - Underwoods Garage
ID ML2015_010_L59
Title Memory Lane - Underwoods Garage
Abstract

Underwoods Garage in Kingsland Road closed on the 1st October 2015. It was built in the 1930s when Philip Underwood moved his business from East Mersea.

The first photograph...
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_010_L59

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Article

A History of Tollesbury
ID DJG_HIS
Title A History of Tollesbury
Abstract A HISTORY OF TOLLESBURY

"TOLESBIA ten et Almfrid de comite qd tenuit GUDMUND lib lit ho, uno manerio ....." so runs the beginning of one of two paragraphs concerning the Pariah of Tollesbury in the Hundred of "Tureatapla" or Thurstable, as recorded in Domesday Book 1068. Early...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_HIS

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Brief history of the "Delft" Plate
ID DJG_DEL
Title Brief history of the "Delft" Plate
Abstract September 1944 found the Detachment of Civil Affairs, to which I had been assigned, halted at a small village Gavere near Ghent, Belgium. We had proceeded rapidly from Arromanches, Normandy. The enemy was falling back rapidly over the Rhine, possibly fearing being over run by the Russians from...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_DEL

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The late Mr Kenneth Osborne
ID DJG_KEN
Title The late Mr Kenneth Osborne
Abstract His many friends including former passengers were stunned to learn on Friday the 17th September that Mr. Kenneth Osborne had suddenly passed away at Westminster Hospital where he had undergone an operation. "Ken" as he was affectionately known had for many years taken an active part in the...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_KEN

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Three Voyages
ID DJG_VOY
Title Three Voyages
Abstract Nowadays it is quite common to read of venturesome and hazardous voyages completed single handed or with crews, but it is not generally known or has been forgotten that at least three epic voyages were completed successfully by men of this village. In 1911 the schooner "Sunshine" re-rigged as a...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 13 February 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_VOY

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Tollesbury Gooseberry Pie Fair
ID DJG_PIE
Title Tollesbury Gooseberry Pie Fair
Abstract Tollesbury is a large compact village, situated on rising ground, and joins on the west to the villages of Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Tolleshunt Knights, Goldhanger and Salcott cum Virley, in the County of Essex. It is bounded on the sout, east and north-east sides by marshlands and saltings. The River...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 23 February 1968
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_PIE

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The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club
ID DJG_TSC
Title The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club
Abstract Shortly after the Great War there came to reside in Tollesbury a gentleman, named Major Kenrick McMullen, a member of a notable brewing family in Hertfordshire, who had been serving as a staff officer in the Army. He and his family settled down in the village, and eventually acquired land...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published c1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_TSC

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Tollesbury Trade and Industry
ID DJG_TAI
Title Tollesbury Trade and Industry
Abstract According to old records and maps the parish of Tollesbury covered a large area in olden times, extending as far as Tiptree Heath, which anciently was part of the great forest of Essex, to which the freeholders and tenants of surrounding parishes, including Tollesbury, had commonright for...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_TAI

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The cruise of the "Dwyn Wen"
ID DJG_DWW
Title The cruise of the "Dwyn Wen"
Abstract Shortly after the Great War a Mr T.Belilios acquired a fine spoon bowed schooner yacht named "Dwyn Wen" 150 tons, which had been built at Beaumaris, Anglesey, and appropriately enough given a Welsh name which means "White Leader". Mr Belilios the new owner had business interests in Hong Kong...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_DWW

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Tollesbury Village Bygones
ID DJG_VBY
Title Tollesbury Village Bygones
Abstract Before 1914 Tollesbury had its own "Town Crier", who presumably for a small fee could be hired to announce matters of importance to the parish ranging from meetings to arrivals of coal cargoes by barge at 13/- a ton, shot down outside your house, or at 19/- (95p) if put in the coal-hole or...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_VBY

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Oyster Culture and Dredging
ID DJG_OYS
Title Oyster Culture and Dredging
Abstract It is accepted locally, but not generally known that there were oyster fisheries in these parts prior to Roman times, and one historian jocularly suggested that one of the reasons which prompted Julius Caesar to invade these shores was that he had been told that the delicate and succulent...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_OYS

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Tollesbury in War-time - WW1
ID DJG_WWC
Title Tollesbury in War-time - WW1
Abstract Recent publicity regarding remains of V2 rockets found near Thurslet, revives memories not only of World War II but the Great War of 1914-18 when Tollesbury was selected as a training area for infantry. On the 12th December 1914 the Essex Territorial Cyclist Battalion carried out a "sham...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 16 January 1975
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_WWC

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Article

Christmasses of Yesteryear
ID DJG_CMY
Title Christmasses of Yesteryear
Abstract The first Christmas I can recall was that of 1910, I was approaching my third birthday. My mother had died a few months previously, and I had been taken into the care of my grandparents, John and Emma Gurton, who lived in United Cottages of the then "Woodrope Road". John and Emma had had...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 December 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_CMY

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Douglas Jack Gurton - an Autobiography
ID DJG_BIP
Title Douglas Jack Gurton - an Autobiography
Abstract I was born on the 25th. January, 1908 (Robert Burns' Day) at the Hope Inn, Tollesbury, Essex, where my parents were the licensees at that time. My father, Ezra Walter Gurton had taken over about a year previously much to the dismay of my mother, Eva Jane Alverstone Gurton, who disliked inns...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_BIP
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