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

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

202

Article

Peldon and the Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884
ID PH01_EQK
Title Peldon and the Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884
Abstract The Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884

Much has been written on the Great Colchester Earthquake which happened at 9.18 on the morning of 22nd April 1884 centred on the villages of Abberton, Peldon and Wivenhoe but felt much further afield. We continue to be fascinated by those early ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

203

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

204

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

205

Article

Peldon - the 1953 Flood
ID PH01_FLD
Title Peldon - the 1953 Flood
Abstract

For hundreds of years there has been an ongoing battle trying to defend the Essex coastal marshlands against inundation by high tides. Although we focus on the 1953 floods, being within living memory, they were preceded by previous inundations notably, in the last hundred ...

Author Elaine Barker
Keywords BERNARD
Published 5 March 2018
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project

206

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

207

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

208

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

209

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

210

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

211

Article

George Scales - Farmer
ID PH01_GSC
Title George Scales - Farmer
Abstract GEORGE SCALES
Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella

Early days
George Scales was born in 1921. The family moved from London to a farm near Vange, Essex, funded by George's grandfather E.H. Scales, a New Zealander who was unorthodox, independent-minded and succe ...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum

212

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

213

Article

Peldon People: Harry Ponder
ID PH01_HPO
Title Peldon People: Harry Ponder
Abstract Harry Ponder was born on 22nd February 1882 in the 'Thatch Cottage' at the beginning of Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough; his two grandfathers, both his parents and some of his sisters lie in the churchyard there. He was interviewed by the editor of the Peldon and Wigboroughs Parish magazine on ...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords harold
Source Mersea Museum / Elaine Barker

214

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

215

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

216

Article

WW2 - Peldon's Preparations for a German Invasion
ID PH01_INV
Title WW2 - Peldon's Preparations for a German Invasion
Abstract World War Two - Peldon's Preparations for a German Invasion.

In Peldon, training for local Air Raid Precautions wardens had begun in January 1939 - well in advance of declaration of war in September. Together with volunteers from Wigborough Peldon's men and women received lectures in First ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

217

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

218

Article

Ivor Walklett - Ginetta Cars - Part 2
ID PH01_IVX
Title Ivor Walklett - Ginetta Cars - Part 2
Abstract IVOR WALKLETT - PART 2

Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella
Peldon History Project

...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum

219

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

220

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

221

Article

Magic Lantern Shows in Peldon
ID PH01_MAG
Title Magic Lantern Shows in Peldon
Abstract The Magic lantern was the earliest form of slide projector and was invented in the 1600s. It used a light source, a lens, glass slides, and a screen often made from a sheet of cotton or calico. A variety of light sources were used, from candles and kerosene lamps to limelight and electricity. It ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

222

Article

Peldon Wills and documents transcribed
ID PH01_MARG
Title Peldon Wills and documents transcribed
Abstract Peldon Wills and Documents transcribed by Mersea Archive Research Group
The original copy of most documents are held by Essex Record Office.

Click to see transcription:

...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

223

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

224

Article

John Milgate - Peldon
ID PH01_MIL
Title John Milgate - Peldon
Abstract PELDON HISTORY PROJECT

JOHN MILGATE
Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella

Although John is well-known in Mersea circles as a Merseaman and boat-builder, he and his wife Pat have lived at Shell Bungalow, Peldon since 1970. In the company of Elaine Barker and Tony ...

Author Geoff Gonella
Published December 2019
Source Mersea Museum

225

Article

Wildlife Observations - Mosquitos
ID PH01_MOS
Title Wildlife Observations - Mosquitos
Abstract As late as mid-November I was still being bitten by mosquitos in the garden on mild days. I'm one of those people mosquitos love. Hearing their whine at night guarantees a sleepless night or acrobatics with a rolled newspaper which has the effect of thoroughly waking me up. Over winter I do still ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published January 2020
Source Mersea Museum

226

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

227

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

228

Article

Pyefleet House, Strood Close, Strood Villa
ID PH01_PFH
Title Pyefleet House, Strood Close, Strood Villa
Abstract

PYEFLEET HOUSE
Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella

The building
Pyefleet House is the last-but-one house on the Strood before Mersea Island. Over the years it has also been named 'Strood Villa', 'Strood Close' and 'The Vicarage, Peldon.' At the t ...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project

229

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

230

Article

Peldon Chapel
ID PH01_PMC
Title Peldon Chapel
Abstract

The congregation outside Peldon Chapel around 1945.
Photo: Pat Wyncoll (the little boy in the foreground)

Peldon Chapel was built on the North side of Lower Road, Peldon ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project

231

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

232

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 n& ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

233

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

234

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

235

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

236

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

237

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

238

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

239

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

240

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

241

Article

Peldon in WW1 from the school logbooks
ID PH01_SLB
Title Peldon in WW1 from the school logbooks
Abstract As one would expect, Peldon School logbook concentrates on aspects of teaching and staffing, poor behaviour and absenteeism, bad weather, problems with the buildings, heating and ventilation, visits by the Rector, school managers, Attendance and Sanitary Officers and the annual inspector's report. ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

242

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

243

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

244

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

245

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

246

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

247

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

248

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

249

Article

The Peldon Vulture
ID PH01_VTR
Title The Peldon Vulture
Abstract

Egyptian Vulture. Photo from Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove.

There are numerous references to the rare sighting (and shooting) of an Egyptian Vulture ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project

250

Article

Farmer's evictions in WW2 and the Peldon Protest
ID PH01_WAG
Title Farmer's evictions in WW2 and the Peldon Protest
Abstract

THE WORLD WAR 2 WAR AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE EVICTIONS

The War Agriculture Committees were set up in every region to maximise the production of food crops during WW2. Their tactics came under close scrutiny and criticism. The newly appointed secretary of the Lexden an ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum
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