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Fred Chatters in the shop.
Photograph by L.G. Wallis, Leigh on Sea.
The hardwares shop in West Mersea High Street was run by Fred with his brother Bert. Photo: Sheila Chatters
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.
David Mussett painting the weathervane pole on top of West Mersea Church tower. David had previously shinned up the pole to put the weathervane in its hole 1985. Photo: David Mussett Collection
Water a penny a pail.
A curious incident can be seen in old world Essex village of Abberton, by motorists touring in this district on any week-day, where Mr Wright the waterman retails water at 1d a pail. Members of the Wright family have sold water in the village for over a hundred years.
Keeping a car clean would no doubt be an expensive proposition
[The above are from a typewritten note on the back of the photograph].
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<p>From a handwritten note with the photo:
Mrs Elmer (hat), Mrs Hiskey, Mrs Sawkins (Douglas's mother ?), Mr Fred Smith [but this is doubtful - the man has been identified as Norman Wright by his daughter], Girl from Mersea (Milgate ?). 
Water from Radcliffe Sloosh spring, Spring Lane, Fingringhoe, [ By the pond - ] Near Whalebone.
Fred earned 12/6 a week.
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<p>G.W. Rudlin carrier in the background - Arthur Death on the running board and George Rudlin inside.
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Original photograph by L.G. Cosser, Sir Isaac's Walk, Colchester.
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<p>The picture appears in Abberton and Langenhoe. A History in Photographs by Peter Wormell [ Figure 31 ], where the caption is.
</p><p>Fred Smith delivering the water (8 October 1927). Picture taken outside Pump Row (Moss Cottages). Fred later had a more modern water cart supplied by Lexden & Winstree Rural District Council. Piped water came in 1930. It coast £12,600 for seven villages. <i>Essex County Standard.</i></p> 8 October 1927. Photo: Peter Rudlin Collection
Salcott Church, before the chancel was rebuilt. 
The old chancel had been in ruins for some time. There was a major restoration 1892-93 where a new chancel was added on the old foundations. 
The last service in before restoration was 10 July 1892. The first service in the new chancel was 13 June 1893 [T.B. Millatt]. Before June 1892. Photo: T.B. 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.
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