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Article

Auxiliary Units in WW2
ID PH01_AUX
Title Auxiliary Units in WW2
Abstract Auxiliary Units in WW2

During World War Two, with the fall of France to the Nazis on 22nd June 1940, a German invasion of Britain was expected daily and the East coast was deemed to be particularly vulnerable.

The German plan for the invasion of Great Britain was code-named ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

More about the Cinque Port of Brightlingsea
ID EC64_01_124
Title More about the Cinque Port of Brightlingsea
Abstract From Essex Countryside January 1964
Author Douglas Went
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People - Iris and Charles Ollivant of The Peldon Rose
ID PH01_OLV
Title Peldon People - Iris and Charles Ollivant of The Peldon Rose
Abstract Peldon People - Iris (Cissy) and Charles Ollivant of The Peldon Rose.

The Ollivants were landlords of the Peldon Rose in the 1960's, both came from publican families. Their nieces are ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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A history of the Tithes
ID TXA03710
Title A history of the Tithes
Abstract 1. The history of tithes

Originally, tithes were payments in kind (crops, wool, milk etc.) comprising an agreed proportion of the yearly profits from farming, and made by parishioners for the support of their parish church and its clergy. In theory, tithes were payable on (i) all things ...

Author Unknown
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Edward James Taylor died 6 July 1942
ID WW2_EJT
Title Edward James Taylor died 6 July 1942
Abstract EDWARD JAMES TAYLOR
Leading Seaman C/SSX 29110
Royal Navy
HMS NIGER
Died 6 July 1942 age 22
Commemorated West Mersea War Memorial, Chatham Naval Memorial

Edward Taylor was born c1920, son of Edward and Amelia Betty Taylor. Husband of Pearl Taylor of Grimsby. In ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Robert Carmichael Purkis
ID WW2_PKS
Title Robert Carmichael Purkis
Abstract ROBERT CARMICHAEL PURKIS
Lieutenant 258690
2nd Bn., Essex, formerly Coldstream Guards
Died 13 January 1944 age 20
Commemorated West Mersea War Memorial, Rangoon Memorial, Myanmar (Taukkyan War Cemetery)

George was son of Dr George Samuel and Marjory Carmichael Purkis. ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Frank Pullen died 1 April 1942
ID WW2_FPL
Title Frank Pullen died 1 April 1942
Abstract FRANK PULLEN
Private 6030236
Corps of Military Police
Died 1 April 1942 age 56
Buried Barfield Road Cemetery, West Mersea
Commemorated on West Mersea War Memorial

Frank was born c1886, the son of David and Myra Pullen and husband of Rhoda Pullen nee King of West ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Evacuees come to Mersea
ID WW2_VAC
Title Evacuees come to Mersea
Abstract

Evacuees at Mersea. Drawing by Don Butlin for Mistral 1990

Evacuees came to Mersea in two main waves. 1st September 1939 over 400 unacommpanied children came to ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Archaeology
ID PH01_ACY
Title Peldon Archaeology
Abstract

Neolithic Thames Pick

Mill Cottage, Peldon, stands on the road leading to the Strood causeway linking Mersea to the mainland. It stands adjacent to Mill House, which in turn, stood next to Wents Mill, and both houses still stand although the mill itself was de ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published October 2019
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Service Station
ID PH01_SST
Title Peldon Service Station
Abstract Peldon Service Station used to occupy the plot on the corner of St Ives Hill and Lower Road. It was built in 1948, similar in design to a Nissan hut, but with a much higher roof and designed by a local architect, Colonel Walker, who lived next to Pete Hall. It was built for Dudley Patmore whose ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The road to Colchester
ID ML2019_010_022
Title The road to Colchester
Abstract

We have for this month's subject three old postcards showing the Mersea to Colchester Road passing through Abberton. The first postcard dates from before the First World War and shows the old ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Ivor Walklett - Ginetta Cars - Part 1
ID PH01_IVW
Title Ivor Walklett - Ginetta Cars - Part 1
Abstract Ivor and Viv Walklett have lived in Ransomes Cottage, Peldon since 1977. Before and since then, Ivor has been a performance car designer, co-director of a UK car manufacturer, and co-director of a specialist car design and manufacturing business. His fascinating story, set within the world of sp ...
Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Art Group celebrates 50 years
ID PH01_AGP
Title Peldon Art Group celebrates 50 years
Abstract PELDON ART GROUP CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS!

2019 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Peldon Art Group which meets in the new Peldon and Wigboroughs Community Hall on a Thursday evening.

Founded in ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Peldon Rectory
ID PH01_RTY
Title The Peldon Rectory
Abstract Today, the old Victorian Rectory on Church Road, in the heart of the village, houses young adults for Autism Anglia. With new houses built in front of the stately red brick building on what was once a fine garden with lawns and specimen trees, the building is no longer visible from the road. ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The St. Peter's Quartet by Owen Ellis
ID ELS_070
Title The St. Peter's Quartet by Owen Ellis
Abstract

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Source Mersea Museum

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Article

An old lady remembers - Isabella Rosa Dawson
ID MIS_1968_IRD
Title An old lady remembers - Isabella Rosa Dawson
Abstract More than 150 years ago [ in 1968 ], Professor Horace Hayman Wilson sent his six year old son home to England in the care of the ship's captain from Calcutta. The voyage took nearly six months. Some years later the boy married a lady from North Farm, East Mersea. A marquee was put up for the ...
Author Alan Dawson
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

East Mersea Tales - the Wilson family
ID WSN_TLS
Title East Mersea Tales - the Wilson family
Abstract For many years around the beginning of the 20th Century, the Wilson family spent a lot of time in East Mersea. They were from London, but they rented Myth Cottage at East Mersea and perhaps other cottages. Many of the family stayed in Mersea for long periods. The children were adventurous and the ...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A Farmworker in Fingringhoe in 1944
ID PH01_DAL
Title A Farmworker in Fingringhoe in 1944
Abstract A FARMWORKER IN FINGRINGHOE IN 1944 by Daphne Allen

Having left school aged 16, all I wanted to do was work on a farm, and my parents - I was the youngest of four girls - always encouraged us to do what we wanted to. So I started work at Fingringhoe Hall. Col. and Mrs. Furneaux lived at ...

Author Daphne Allen
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Women's Institute Halls
ID ML2019_008_022
Title Women's Institute Halls
Abstract Two Ladies recently called in to the Museum asking what we had on the early days of West Mersea Women's Institute. Something they said was of special interest to me as they believed the present headquarters in Kingsland Road was put up by the army in 1939. I knew it wasn't put up until after the War ...
Author Ron Green
Published August 2019
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Dad's Army of Mersea
ID CNS_005_025
Title The Dad's Army of Mersea
Abstract Peter Tucker of Norfolk Avenue was a member of the HOme Guard prior to his service in the RAF in 1942 at the tender age of 17. He tells the story of his time there.

May I as a former member of the LOCAL DEFENCE VOLUNTEERS, L.D.V. to give them their correct title, and later the Home ...

Author Peter Tucker
Published June 2006
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Foresters of Mersea and Peldon
ID PH01_AOF
Title The Foresters of Mersea and Peldon
Abstract Ancient Order of Foresters: Court 5105

According to A History of Court Sailors' Home, West Mersea 1867 -1967 by Sybil Brand, The 'Court Sailors' Home', West Mersea, was founded on 4th S ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published 18 June 2019
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mark Hyam 1889 - 1990
ID IYS_031
Title Mark Hyam 1889 - 1990
Abstract Mark Hyam was son of Samuel Hyam (1839 - 1916) who started a grocery business in Peldon. The shop was later run by Mark's half-brother Clem.

Mark was born in Peldon 25 May 1889 to parents Samuel and Eliza. Eliza was Samuel's second wife. In 1891 the family were living in The Shop in ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Fenns of Lower Road
ID PH01_FEN
Title The Fenns of Lower Road
Abstract If you looked west to east along the left hand side of Lower Road 100 years ago, the buildings then standing would have been Spring Cottage, (nursery and Post Office), the Methodist Chapel next door then an open field until The Plough Inn. Part of the field became known as 'Garden Field' and was ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Clifford White & Co Empire
ID ML2019_006_022
Title The Clifford White & Co Empire
Abstract Memory Lane The Clifford White & Co Empire

In the May issue I mentioned Samuel White's son Clifford Manning White who was a prominent businessman on Mersea Island. He started his building business early in the 20th century and in the 1911 census for West Mersea he is listed as a Builder ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Percy William Mortlock
ID IYS_009
Title Percy William Mortlock
Abstract

MORTLOCK, PERCY WILLIAM
Rank: Private
Regiment: Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd battalion, 24th Brigade, 8th Division
Age 16
Date of death 14 March 1915
Service ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Arthur George Whiting
ID IYS_169
Title Arthur George Whiting
Abstract

WHITING, ARTHUR GEORGE
Rank: Private
Regiment: Worcestershire Regiment 1st/8th Battalion. 144th Brigade, ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Alfred George Baldwin
ID IYS_185
Title Alfred George Baldwin
Abstract

BALDWIN, ALFRED GEORGE
Rank: Private
Regiment: Duke of Wellington's 9th battalion (West Riding ...

Source Mersea Museum / Edwin Sparrow

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Article

Essex during The French Wars: The Fear of Invasion
ID PH01_NAP
Title Essex during The French Wars: The Fear of Invasion
Abstract We may think that the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars impinged very little on the lives of Peldon villagers living in such a tiny rural community at the end of the eighteenth and beginning of the nineteenth centuries. However, the wars were to impact lives all along the East Coast, most ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published May 2019
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The White Family of shopkeepers
ID ML2019_005_019
Title The White Family of shopkeepers
Abstract

The first shop on the Island, opposite 'Top Chapel' in Mill Road. Photo from Tony Saye

William White came to West Mersea from Dedham in the 1840s. He is recorded in the ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon and The Boer War - Herbert Augustine Christopher Harrison
ID PH01_HAR
Title Peldon and The Boer War - Herbert Augustine Christopher Harrison
Abstract Llanelwedd, Radnorshire is a long way from Peldon and yet there is a connection between the two villages spanning close to 140 years. Walk into the church of St Matthew, Llanelwedd, and you come across a brass plaque commemorating a young twenty-four year old man, Herbert Augustine Christopher ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Mersea shops
ID ML2019_004_090
Title Memory Lane - Mersea shops
Abstract Following on from my last month's visit to Mersea shops in the 1940s which gained quite a few favourable comments, I thought I would look at a few more.

I mentioned Katie White's little shop on Queen's Corner which sold a wide range of sweets, toys and other goodies. Katie was a little old ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Red Hills
ID DIS2012_RDH
Title Red Hills
Abstract Red Hills are low mounds, found near creeks and rivers, composed of soil burnt red in marked contrast to the clay on which they stand.

Over 300 red hill sites have been identified in Essex, but many have disappeared. However, they can still be found. There is one within a few yards of the ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Laid up Shell tankers in River Blackwater
ID SHP_STL
Title Laid up Shell tankers in River Blackwater
Abstract £90 a day to keep an out-of-work ship

The retired tanker skipper, now recalled, stared through the shop window on the beach at the idle fleet in the Blackwater estuary.

One quarter of the British cargo ship tonnage, for which no work can be found, is laid up in the Essex ri ...

Published 17 April 1958
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People - The Coans
ID PH01_COA
Title Peldon People - The Coans
Abstract Local farmers, brothers Colin and Eric Coan, were both born in Peldon, in 1941 and 1942 respectively. Their parents were Reginald Victor Walter Coan who was born in Walthamstow in 1908 and Evelyn Rose Gladwell of the Gladwell family from Peldon.

The Coan Family

On the Co ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon School
ID PH01_SCH
Title Peldon School
Abstract Although we have no school in Peldon now, and younger children usually go to West Mersea or Langenhoe while older children attend Thurstable, Stanway or Thomas Lord Audley, Peldon did have its own Church Of England school for over a hundred years. The Victorian-style building was erected in 1833 on ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published February 2019
Source Mersea Museum

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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

Memory Lane - builder's boy on a bike
ID ML2019_003_L22
Title Memory Lane - builder's boy on a bike
Abstract On leaving school in 1946 I went to Clifford White and Co (Builders) to start an apprenticeship. The war had just ended and men were returning and coming back to their old jobs. There were shortages of everything and rationing was still very much with us. If a local pub got a delivery of beer the ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Lewis Taylor Gibb and a Tale of two paintings.
ID LTG
Title Lewis Taylor Gibb and a Tale of two paintings.
Abstract Thanks to the generosity of an important London museum, Mersea Museum acquired in 2018 two attractive new exhibits. These are two landscape paintings by the artist Lewis Taylor Gibb (1873-1945). Both are small oil paintings on canvas; one is titled "The River Stour near Dedham" the other simply "The ...
Author David Nicholls
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - the barge JOY and her boat
ID ML2019_002_L20
Title Memory Lane - the barge JOY and her boat
Abstract

The first picture is from the archives of the Society for Sailing Barge Research and shows the barge JOY at Saltcote Wharf, Heybridge. The photo is from 1956 and shows the barge after her conversion to a ...

Author Ron Green
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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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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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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