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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
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
G.W. Rudlin Carrier, West Mersea. Driver is Arthur Death ex Digby's, who worked for George Rudlin. The Rudlin's first motorised carrier cart - the vehicle is a Chevrolet with bodywork by Maskell of Tollesbury. Outside the base in City Road where the cart was kept. 1938. Photo: Peter Rudlin Collection
HK 5085 - a Primrose Buses Mersea charabanc in Stanwell Street by the Roman wall. The driver is Bob Woodward. Probably before 1926 as the St John's Street bus park was opened that year. Before then, the buses stood outside the Hippodrome in High Street, but were limited to 15 minutes there. Otherwise they would use Stanwell Street for parking.
From one of the slide shows run in the Museum during open hours. 1926. 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.
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