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Repton Dixon's Stores in Church Road, West Mersea. All the shop staff.
1. Bessie Dixon (with her tongue out), 2. Pat Franklin, 3. Susan Hales, 4. Carol Dixon, 5. Percy Bacon.
<b>Pat Franklin</b> and her husband Gil (Gilbert) Franklin lived in Kingsland House in Kingsland Road which used to be a school. It was such a huge house and the upkeep was mind blowing. In the end they sold it up on condition it was kept intact as it was such a wonderful old house. Their wishes were not upheld and it was levelled and re-developed very soon after. 
<b>Susan Hales</b> she married Danny Williamson in 1967, He used to ride huge motor-bikes. Susan was a lovely bubbly girl.
<b>Carol Dixon</b> - little old me in the brown overall and then my beloved Percy Bacon, my we had some fun in those days but we worked hard and the days were long.
In the evening after the shop shut at 6pm we had a meal and then I had to cash up all the tills, agree them and put the float back for the next day. Then all the duplicate invoices had to be entered into the ledger for every sale that day 'on-tick' which would be put on the customers monthly accounts at the end of every month. All this was done by hand entry, no machines in those days and the till roll was folded into lengths of about 10 inches and each section added up using mental arithmetic. In the summer days when holiday makers were down the till roll could easily be 10 to 15 foot long and if the cash did not agreee with the pencilled entries on the till roll it was a long night! The off-licence had a separate till and ledger so I was rarely finished before 8pm and we opened at 8am.
Part of CW3_105. c1965. Photo: Carol Wyatt Collection
Barge GOLDEN FLEECE unloading timber on Mersea Hard. The lorries are ex-Army World War I lorries with solid tyres.
The left lorry NO1671 is from Clifford White, driver Jack Heard, mate Tom Cudmore. Right NO3942 is a Primrose Bus Company, driver Herbert Green, mate Rupert Green. 1921.
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
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
Went's Mill, Peldon, looking towards Peldon Rose Photo: Vivian D'Wit
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