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

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

152

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

153

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

154

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

155

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

156

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

157

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

158

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

159

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

160

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

161

Article

Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
ID MMH_CED
Title Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
Abstract Though the church is the latest to be built on the Island, its roots go back to the very beginnings of the Island's Christian heritage.
Christianity reached Essex through St. Cedd, a monk, who landed at Bradwell in AD653, at the invitation of the local King. From there Cedd proceeded with ...
Source Mersea Museum

162

Article

Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
ID MMH_CGU
Title Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
Abstract West Mersea Free Church, Mill Road
Formerly Union Church, (Congregational & Baptist).

It was in the year of the battle of Trafalgar that a local landowner and oyster merchant, Mr Bennett ...

Source Mersea Museum

163

Article

East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
ID MMH_EMP
Title East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Abstract

From seawards, the gaunt square tower of St. Edmunds stands stark above the East Mersea skyline, a dominant and trusty seafarers' landmark. But perhaps the best way to introduce ...

Source Mersea Museum

164

Article

Assembly Hall, East Road
ID MMH_MAH
Title Assembly Hall, East Road
Abstract

Situated in East Road on the corner of Seaview Avenue is the Assembly Hall, an attractive boarded and tiled building opened in 1910 when Mersea Island was discovered and thought to be a desirable ...

Source Mersea Museum

165

Article

Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
ID MMH_MET
Title Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
Abstract

The Wesleyan Chapel in Mill Road, West Mersea. It is now known as the Methodist Church.

Wesleyan Methodism began here, as far as can be traced, in 1832. At that time a Welsh ...

Author William Chatters
Source Mersea Museum

166

Article

Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
ID MMH_MTG
Title Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
Abstract

Travelling eastwards along the road from West to East Mersea you see a turning to the left named "Meeting Lane"; if you go down the lane you will not now find any clues as to where meetings were held ...

Source Mersea Museum

167

Article

Old City Hall in The Lane
ID MMH_OCH
Title Old City Hall in The Lane
Abstract

Many people walking down The Lane have been surprised to see a little mission hall tucked in among the houses in the oldest part of the island. They wonder at the name, "Old City Hall", a somewhat grandiose name for such a small hall; however, the name is more apt than it at ...

Source Mersea Museum

168

Article

West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
ID MMH_WMP
Title West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
Abstract It was at a spot only three miles across the Backwater Estuary at Bradwell-on-Sea that St. Cedd founded his little monastery circa 654, built the historic St. Peter's Chapel out of the remains of the Roman fort of Othona, and from there he evangelised Essex, the kingdom of the East Saxons. It is ...
Source Mersea Museum

169

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

170

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

171

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

172

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

173

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

174

Article

Joseph Todd - Royal Navy
ID OOD_008
Title Joseph Todd - Royal Navy
Abstract JOSEPH TODD
Chief Engine Room Artificer P/M 29775
HM Submarine THISTLE

Age 42
Died 14 April 1940
Commemorated Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Source Mersea Museum

175

Article

Frederick Frost killed 1 June 1940
ID OOD_009
Title Frederick Frost killed 1 June 1940
Abstract FREDERICK FROST
Chief Cook
H.M. Yacht GRIVE. Naval Auxiliary Personnel (Merchant Navy)

Age 21
Died 1 June 1940
Commemorated on Roll of Honour in St Mary's Church, Tollesbury, and on Liverpool Naval Memorial.

Author Edwin Sparrow / Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

176

Article

Hubert Heard
ID OOD_010
Title Hubert Heard
Abstract HUBERT HEARD
Seaman Service No. C/X10416B
Royal Naval Reserve. HMS JERVIS BAY

Age 29
Died 5 November 1940
Commemorated on Roll of Honour at St Mary's Church, Tollesbury, and on Chatham Naval Memorial

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

177

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

178

Article

John Charles Farthing - Engineer on MV GOLDEN GRAIN
ID OOD_016
Title John Charles Farthing - Engineer on MV GOLDEN GRAIN
Abstract WW2 Memorial Profiles for West Mersea

JOHN CHARLES FARTHING
Engineer Officer
Merchant Navy MV GOLDEN GRAIN (Harwich)
Died 19 August 1941 age 52.
Commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial to the men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets.

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

179

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

180

Article

Peter Heard
ID OOD_029
Title Peter Heard
Abstract PETER HEARD
Leading Seaman Service No. LT/JX225030
Royal Naval Patrol Service HM Trawler HORATIO

Died 7 January 1943 age 36
Commemorated on Roll of Honour St Mary's Church, Tollesbury, and on Lowestoft Naval Memorial

Source Mersea Museum

181

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

182

Article

Gerald Edward Tatchell killed 31 May 1940
ID OOD_101
Title Gerald Edward Tatchell killed 31 May 1940
Abstract GERALD EDWARD TATCHELL
Major Service Nu. 24297
Lincolnshire Regiment 2nd Battalion "D" Company

Aged 37
Died 31 May 1940
Buried De Panne Communal Cemetery
Commemorated on Roll of Honour at St Mary's, Tollesbury.

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

183

Article

Julian Hurlstone Hortin killed 21 June 1942
ID OOD_112
Title Julian Hurlstone Hortin killed 21 June 1942
Abstract JULIAN HURLSTONE HORTIN
Indian Rank: Captain Service No. IA/297
7th Gurkha Rifles

Age 32
Died 21 June 1942
Commemorated on Roll of Honour at St Mary's Church, ...
Source Mersea Museum

184

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

185

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

186

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

187

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

188

Article

Peter O'Neill Darbishire Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
ID OOD_202
Title Peter O'Neill Darbishire Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Abstract WW2 Memorial Profiles for Salcott and Great Wigborough

PETER O'NEILL DARBISHIRE
Sergeant 751654
77 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Age 27
Died 16 December 1940
Commemorated on War Memorial in St Stephen's, Great Wigborough and on Runnymede Air Forces ...

Source Mersea Museum

189

Article

Charles Herbert Albert Warner - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
ID OOD_207
Title Charles Herbert Albert Warner - Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Abstract WW2 Memorial Profiles for Salcott and Wigborough

CHARLES HERBERT ALBERT WARNER
Sergeant (Flight Engineer) Service No. 1801861
101 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Died 3 September 1943 age 20.
Buried Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Grave 15 ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Keywords salcot
Source Mersea Museum

190

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

191

Article

Charles Henry Sargeant
ID OOD_304
Title Charles Henry Sargeant
Abstract WW2 Memorial Profiles for Rowhedge

Charles Henry Sargeant
Company Sergeant Major Service No. 7031
Rifle Brigade and subsequently Essex Home Guard

Age 59
Died 13 October 1940 after a short illness
Buried Donyland Burial Ground New Section

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

192

Article

Life in Minesweepers WW2.
ID PBIB_WWM
Title Life in Minesweepers WW2.
Abstract William James Wilkinson 1906 - 1997.

Life in Minesweepers - World War 2.

All dates will be approximate if used as no-one was supposed to keep a diary.
I cannot remember when I had notice to report to Romford for a Medical to be called up for a service to the Nation bu ...

Author William James Wilkinson
Published c1994
Source Mersea Museum / Suzanne Wilkinson

193

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

194

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

195

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

196

Article

Auxiliary Units in WW2
ID PH01_AUX
Title Auxiliary Units in WW2
Abstract 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 Operation Sea Lion. With the ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

197

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

198

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

199

Article

Captain Swing Peldon Wages Riot
ID PH01_CSW
Title Captain Swing Peldon Wages Riot
Abstract

CAPTAIN SWING - PELDON'S WAGES' RIOT

Agricultural Disturbances 1816 - 1836

Captain Swing was the name given to the mythical leader of agricultural labourers in their attempts to force their employers to give them a living wage. The Swing riots were in the ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

200

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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