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WW1 Memorial Soldiers and sailors at the Strood. 17 November 2018. Photo: Chrissie Westgate
Peldon Home Guard photographed outside the Peldon Rose.
Back Row 1. Edgar Reynolds, 2. Vic Sheldrake L/Cpl, 3. Will Nicholas, 4. Bruce Rainbird, 5. Bert Inman, 6. John Starling, 7. Bob Brand L/Cpl, 8. Phil Nicholas, 9. Ted Martin L/Cpl. Centre Row 1. R. Strahl, 2. Charlie Mason, 3. James Purtell, 4. Bert Day, 5. Charlie Haines, 6. Billy Mason, 7. Luther Smith, 8. George Talbot, 9. Charlie Lapwood. Front Row 1. Bill Osborne ('Hoppy' - he had a wooden leg) Sgt, 2. Bunny Unwin Sgt, 3. Leo Smith Lt, 4. Basil (Ivan) Pullen 1st Lt, 5. Les Mole Sgt, 6. George Coates Sgt, 7. Bob Ponder Cpl. The mascot was a tame fox Renny held by B.I. Pullen. Hoppy Osborne was the dispatch rider. Ivan Pullen's family kept the Peldon Rose.
Large photo on mount, from West End Studios, Colchester. Back of photo says Photo including Mr Lee Micheal Smith c1944. Photo: Leo Michael-Smith Collection
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
Fowler VF crawler tractor and an Allis Chalmers All-crop 60, an early combine harvester. It belonged to Victor Gray, New Hall Farm, Little Wigborough.
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Bernard sent the photograph to Old Tractor Magazine, Sept 2005, with the caption:
Following a very wet harvest in 1958, an attempt was made to gather in the crop at New Hall Farm, Little Wigborough, in Cotober using an Allis-Chalmers All-Crop 60 combine pulled by a Fower VF crawler. Bernard tells us that it was so soft that a sledge had to be made to set the combine on. Note the spade, which was used to dig out the mud so that the starting handle could be inserted, and the fuse-holder laying on the left-hand track.
</p> October 1958. Photo: Bernard Ratcliffe
Weaver family on beach by Kings Hard. Orleans just visible right in background. Photo: Robin Weaver 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.
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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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