This database contains an index of some of the books and papers held by Mersea Museum. In some cases the database contains a complete transcription of a book or document.

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Article

Peldon Post Offices
ID PH01_GPO
Title Peldon Post Offices
Abstract

Although Peldon no longer has a Post Office, the last one closing down in 2002 when the Village Shop closed, it has had a number of Post Offices; in the bakery, residential houses, attached to garden nurseries, and even in the Village Hall.

The first penny postage stamp...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Lewis Taylor Gibb
ID LTG
Title Lewis Taylor Gibb
Abstract Lewis Taylor Gibb was born in Kensington, London in 1873. He was the second son of Robert Blakey Gibb and Ellen Walker Gibb (née Taylor).

The 1881 census shows the family living at 11 Earls Court where Robert Gibb ran a drapery business employing two men and a woman. Robert Gibb now...

Author David Nicholls
Keywords holmcroft
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

John Scales Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
ID OOD_209
Title John Scales Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Abstract

John Scales
Flying Officer (Pilot): Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve: 466 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron
Date of...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Alexander Erskine Hope - died 2 October 1944
ID OOD_120
Title Alexander Erskine Hope - died 2 October 1944
Abstract

Alexander Erskine Hope
Lieutenant Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment: "B" Company, 9th Battalion.:...
Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

George Alfred Taylor, Royal Armoured Corps
ID OOD_118
Title George Alfred Taylor, Royal Armoured Corps
Abstract

George Alfred Taylor
Lance Serjeant; "A" Squadron., 24th Lancers. Royal Armoured Corps
Age 24
Date of Death 8 June 1944
Service Number, 319743

Author Edwin Sarrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

John Hodson
ID OOD_114
Title John Hodson
Abstract

John Hodson: Signalman 4 L. of C., Royal Corps of Signals
Lost in the SS SCILLIN 14 November 1942 Age 27.
Service Number 2592549

John was son of Thomas and May...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Bernard Harry Harrington
ID OOD_113
Title Bernard Harry Harrington
Abstract

HARRINGTON, BERNARD HARRY
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Artillery...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

John Charles Farthing - died when MV GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
ID OOD_016
Title John Charles Farthing - died when MV GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
Abstract

Farthing, John Charles

Engineer Officer on the MV GOLDEN GRAIN (Harwich), Merchant Navy
Died 19 August 1941. Age 52.

John is shown in the 1901...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Alfred Edmund Keeble - died when GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
ID OOD_017
Title Alfred Edmund Keeble - died when GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
Abstract

Keeble Alfred Edmund

The Mate on the MV GOLDEN GRAIN (Harwich), Merchant Navy
Died 19 August 1941. Age 40.

Son of Alfred and Lilian Keeble;...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Sidney George Mallett - died when GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
ID OOD_015
Title Sidney George Mallett - died when GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
Abstract

MALLETT, SIDNEY GEORGE

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Master

Merchant Navy : M.V. GOLDEN GRAIN (Harwich)
Age: 60
Date of Death: 19 August...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Walter Heap - lost on HMS QUORN
ID OOD_034
Title Walter Heap - lost on HMS QUORN
Abstract THE LOSS OF HMS QUORN

HMS QUORN

HEAP Walter: Petty Officer Stoker Royal Navy: H.M.S. Quorn: Age:...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Charles Henry South - lost when SS MEREL was mined
ID OOD_006
Title Charles Henry South - lost when SS MEREL was mined
Abstract THE SINKING OF S. S. MEREL 8 December 1939

SOUTH, Charles Henry. Boatswain, S.S. Merel (London), Merchant Navy. 8 December 1939: Age 58.

Husband of Charlotte South, of Tollesbury, Essex. The 1901 census shows Charles Henry South aged 19 Essex born & living at Tollesbury working...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Anthony Driffield Seabrook - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI
ID OOD_005
Title Anthony Driffield Seabrook - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI
Abstract

Anthony Driffield Seabrook

SEABROOK Anthony Driffield. Acting Sub Lieutenant: Royal Naval Reserve: H.M.S. Rawalpindi: Age: 21: Date of Death: 23/11/1939. He...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Wilfred Frank Pettican - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI.
ID OOD_004
Title Wilfred Frank Pettican - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI.
Abstract PETTICAN Wilfred Frank Seaman: Royal Naval Reserve: H.M.S. RAWALPINDIi: Date of Death: 23/11/1939: Service No: C/6072D

The 1911 Census shows Wilfred Frank Pettican was born in 1905. Frank as he was known had been an engineer on yachts. Both Hector Ingate & Wilfred Pettican were keen...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Hector Ingate - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI
ID OOD_003
Title Hector Ingate - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI
Abstract

Hector Ingate

INGATE Hector. Seaman: Royal Naval Reserve: H.M.S. Rawalpindi: Age: 39 Date of Death: 23/11/1939: Service No: C/6075D. He had lost 3 brothers in World War...
Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The loss of HMS RAWALPINDI 23 November 1939
ID OOD_002
Title The loss of HMS RAWALPINDI 23 November 1939
Abstract Three local men were amongst the crew - Hector Ingate, Wilfred Frank Pettican and Anthony Driffield Seabrook

P&O liner RAWALPINDI

HMS RAWALPINDI was a P&O...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Mason Family of Hill House, Peldon
ID PH01_MHH
Title The Mason Family of Hill House, Peldon
Abstract

Alfred and Sarah Mason, Hill House, Peldon

Alfred and Sarah Mason of Hill House, Peldon, (now known as Malting...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People - Ernie Richardson
ID PH01_ERC
Title Peldon People - Ernie Richardson
Abstract A well-known local eccentric, Ernie Richardson, lived on a boat along from Strood Villa, also known as Pyefleet House. He lived by the sea wall, over the road from Bonners Barn, on a flat-bottomed boat barely 3 foot deep. Russell Martin, the farmer at Moor Farm nearby, said the boat only needed...
Author Elaine Barker
Published November 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Honeysuckle Cottage, Peldon - The History of a House
ID PH01_HSC
Title Honeysuckle Cottage, Peldon - The History of a House
Abstract

In maps from the early twentieth century, along the south side of Peldon's Lower Road, there are only five houses, Brickhouse Farm, Brickhouse Cottage next door to the farm, Honeysuckle Cottage, Games Farm and The White House (now Sampton Wick). Three farms and two...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People - John Linnett Clark
ID PH01_JLC
Title Peldon People - John Linnett Clark
Abstract

John Linnett Clark

John Linnett Clark seated

OLD INHABITANT'S DEATH

A ZEPPELIN'S FALL RECALLED

Peldon has lost an...

Author Elaine Barker
Published November 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People - Golden and Charlie Simpson
ID PH01_GCS
Title Peldon People - Golden and Charlie Simpson
Abstract Golden (1863 - 1939) and Charles Simpson (1870 - 1947) were names well-known to Peldon and Mersea folk at the end of the nineteenth century and the first few decades of the twentieth. Brothers, they were born and bred in Peldon, their father, Charles, a General dealer. Golden became a bricklayer...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Cudmore Grove
ID ML2018_012_L20
Title Cudmore Grove
Abstract I am often asked how Cudmore Grove got it's name. My first knowledge of this area is from the 1930s and of warm summer evenings when my family would visit Auntie Nellie and her family in East Mersea for tea. After tea we would set off for a walk which usually took us to The Bowling Green, a flat...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Spring Wyncoll
ID PH01_SPR
Title Spring Wyncoll
Abstract TWO SPRINGS, A PENNY FARTHING and A PEDALO!

This research is a funny old business! You set off in one direction and before you know it you've gone down a totally different path!

This particular path involves my research into a man called Spring Wyncoll.

I set off on...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Geoffrey Maurice Wooldridge 1909 - 1976
ID PH01_GMW
Title Geoffrey Maurice Wooldridge 1909 - 1976
Abstract Geoff was born in Kent on 31 July 1909, the second child of Elizabeth (Bessie) and Maurice Wooldridge. His sisters Aline, Eva and Dora were also born in Kent. During the first world war, his mother became nervous about the fighting in France and the family moved first to Hertfordshire, where his...
Author Anne Lee
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Hall Cottage
ID PH01_PHC
Title Peldon Hall Cottage
Abstract In 1965 when Chris and Archie Moore bought Pink Cottage, subsequently called Peldon Hall Cottage, the village hall next door (the old 1833 school building) was being demolished. Ever resourceful, Archie bought 1000 bricks for £10 and used them to build their extension at home! There was also...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Wooldridges of Kemps Farm, Peldon
ID PH01_KSF
Title The Wooldridges of Kemps Farm, Peldon
Abstract From the early 1930s to the 1960s a family called the Wooldridges farmed at Kemps Farm. Maurice and Bessie Wooldridge moved to Peldon in about 1930 with their family of five, Stephen, Geoffrey, Dora, Aline and Eva. At the time of writing (September 2018), Dora is still alive, having just passed her...
Author Elaine Barker
Published October 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Mallett Family; Sailors and Shopkeeper.
ID PH01_FLX
Title The Mallett Family; Sailors and Shopkeeper.
Abstract This month we are happy to congratulate Horace Mallet of 1, Council Houses, Mersea Road, Peldon, who will be 90 years old on 6th March - born 1884; still going strong. His father William was a sailor, but when he married, he returned to the dry land and took to thatching and other rural...
Author Elaine Barker
Published October 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A Peldon Smuggler - Daniel Rich
ID PH01_DRH
Title A Peldon Smuggler - Daniel Rich
Abstract Tales of smuggling in Peldon always centre on the pond by the Peldon Rose where the story of a shaft down which casks were dropped and hidden, defying discovery by the Revenue men, has been retold many times.

The story told by Jane Pullen, landlady of The Peldon Rose between 1881 and...

Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - school teachers
ID ML2018_010_L21
Title Memory Lane - school teachers
Abstract The museum recently had a visit from Anne Lee and her husband from New Zealand. The visit was arranged by Peldon historian Elaine Barker who is looking into the history of Kemps Farm, where Anne, a member of the Wooldridge family, grew up. During the conversation Anne spoke of her Aunt Dora...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News Introduction
ID PH01_PNN
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News Introduction
Abstract PELDON 1931 - 1948 Essex County Standard Neighbourhood News.

Introduction I have a book of newspaper clippings (from the Essex County Standard neighbourhood news) concerning Peldon from 1931 - 1948 passed on to Mike Watson by Pat Wyncoll. Pat's parents, Arthur and Mrs Wyncoll ne...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News - Appendix 1
ID PH01_PNN_APP1
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News - Appendix 1
Abstract Appendix 1 Peldon People

PELDON PEOPLE - GEORGE SMALLWOOD

Born in Orpington, Kent, George first appears in Peldon in the 1891 census when he is described as a baker and lives in the Bake House near the School House. From the obituary below it would seem he came to Peldon about 18...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News 1945 - 1948
ID PH01_PNN_1945
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1945 - 1948
Abstract Chapter 3 Peldon after the War 1945 - 1948

The Aftermath

To celebrate VE DAY there is a large congregation at St Mary's when a service of thanksgiving is held and on the following evening community singing and games in the village hall with 'outdoor illuminations'. Es...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News 1939-1945
ID PH01_PNN_1939
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1939-1945
Abstract Chapter 2 Peldon during World War 2 1939-1945

Surprisingly, such a momentous occasion as Neville Chamberlain's broadcast to the nation concerning the declaration of war with Germany on 3rd September 1939 is not commented on in the neighbourhood column for Peldon but it's clear that...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News 1931-1939
ID PH01_PNN_1931
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1931-1939
Abstract

Chapter 1 Pre - World War II 1931 - 1939

Church and chapel Entries show a village with its Church of England, St Mary the Virgin, on Church Road and the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel sited on Lower Road (where Chapelfield is now situated) at the heart of village life. Bo...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords gowan
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Bernard Ratcliffe of Little Wigborough
ID PH01_RTC
Title Bernard Ratcliffe of Little Wigborough
Abstract In almost all the pictures of L33, the Zeppelin that came down at Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough in 1916, there is a pair of little farm cottages, barely 20 yards from the wreckage, dwarfed by the 645 feet long skeleton which straddled the road. This is New Hall Cottages and Bernard Ratcliffe has...
Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Hyams - Shopkeepers of Peldon
ID PH01_HYM
Title The Hyams - Shopkeepers of Peldon
Abstract

Special Constables outside Peldon Shop after
Zeppelin came down September 1916

This picture, from 1916, shows Clem Hyam, second from right, wearing a Special Constable's armband. His...

Author Elaine Barker
Published August 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Ernest Frederick Gladwell 1890 - 1915
ID PH01_EFG
Title Ernest Frederick Gladwell 1890 - 1915
Abstract There's an entry in the Parish Register of Burials for St Mary's, Peldon, recording the burial on 15th September 1915 of a young man of 26, Ernest Frederick Gladwell. In the margin of the register the minister had written

Killed by bomb from Zeppelin in the Docks in...

Author Elaine Barker
Published August 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Clifford White Undertakers
ID ML2018_009_L21
Title Memory Lane - Clifford White Undertakers
Abstract In the last issue, I mentioned Clifford White's horse drawn hearse. Although it was last used before the War, when I started work for Clifford in 1946 it was still tucked away in the little garage by the plumber's shop. I had always hoped that it had been sold and was still in use somewhere. My...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Village Hall
ID PH01_VHL
Title Peldon Village Hall
Abstract In 1942, the Church of England School next to Peldon Church finally closed its doors and the few remaining pupils transferred to West Mersea School. Built in 1833 the school had for over 100 years played an important part in the local community offering an education to local children but also...
Author Elaine Barker
Published June 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon's Carriers and early Bus Services
ID PH01_TRS
Title Peldon's Carriers and early Bus Services
Abstract Records in the form of Trade Directories go back to early in the nineteenth century, recording, as well as a brief history of the village, church and landowners, the names of the current incumbent, the gentry, farmers and tradespeople in each village. Many of these Directories were produced by...
Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - deliveries by cart
ID ML2018_008_L21
Title Memory Lane - deliveries by cart
Abstract

Clifford White coal cart

Hector Farthing and Clifford White's coal cart

Following on from last month's article where I...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Village Stores - Dansies
ID PH01_STO
Title Peldon Village Stores - Dansies
Abstract

THE VILLAGE SHOP

We would like to wish Mr and Mrs Wyncoll a happy retirement as they settle into their new home at West Mersea. A presentation to them was received by members of the family on their behalf. Also a presentation was made to Leslie Mallett who has served...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Comyn's Charity
ID PH01_COM
Title Comyn's Charity
Abstract In a book held in the Essex Records Office, Some Record of the Parish Of Peldon Rev C R Harrison 1867 D/P287/28/6 the vicar of St Mary's Church, Peldon, the Reverend Harrison (Rector from 1855 - 1867), laments

'I have not been able to discover any early Parochial Records. Th...

Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Mills and Millers of Peldon
ID PH01_PML
Title The Mills and Millers of Peldon
Abstract Peldon Mill, also known as Went's Mill, was a windmill situated on the north side of Mill House, east of the Colchester Road and immediately south of the junction by The Peldon Rose. It appears on the 1777 Chapman and Andre map and the Ordnance Survey one inch map of 1805 named as 'Strode Mill' and...
Author Elaine Barker
Published June 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Seaview Avenue
ID ML2018_006_L20
Title Memory Lane - Seaview Avenue
Abstract Having recently moved out of Seaview Avenue after some thirty six years, I have decided to take a peek at the avenue as it was around 1911 through the camera of William Hammond of Gt. Totham. Hammond produced some very good postcards at that time and I have chosen three which give a good insight...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Life - an ideal world ?
ID ML2018_007_L20
Title Mersea Life - an ideal world ?
Abstract I have no intention of standing for a seat on a local council, but if I did, and reading the letters that appear in local publications and notices on social media, my leaflet would have to go something like this. I would like to see all further development on Mersea stopped apart from some...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People: The Miller Family
ID PH01_GML
Title Peldon People: The Miller Family
Abstract

Window in Peldon Church in memory of Peter Miller

The inscription at the bottom reads "In memory of Peter John Miller 1924-1998. A life of dedicated service to this parish."....

Author Elaine Barker
Published May 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Pullens of The Peldon Rose
ID PH01_RSE
Title The Pullens of The Peldon Rose
Abstract The Peldon Rose is an ancient inn that has stood for centuries on the corner just before you reach the Strood, the causeway leading to Mersea Island. It is a much altered and added to 15th century house, timber framed and plastered, with a red plain tile roof. Turn off the main road by its pond, and...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords rennie
Published May 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Sparrow Pie at The Peldon Rose
ID PH01_SPW
Title Sparrow Pie at The Peldon Rose
Abstract Both house and tree sparrows are now on the list of endangered British species but it was not always so. For centuries the huge population of sparrows caused the birds to be considered pests because of the grain they ate. With the change of farming practices and reduced nesting sites the current...
Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Evacuees come to Peldon
ID PH01_VAC
Title Evacuees come to Peldon
Abstract EVACUEES COME TO PELDON

'That night [Friday September 1st] the first trainloads of London schoolchildren steamed into St Botolph's station. Some including mothers and babies went to Shrub End and Lexden but most were taken by Eastern National buses into the country villages.'...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum
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