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

The Mersea Barrow Bones: experts confirm 'unique find'
ID COR2_026
Title The Mersea Barrow Bones: experts confirm 'unique find'
Abstract

In the dark winter days of January 2013, a mysterious, delicate package was transported by courier service from Colchester Museum to a laboratory in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Within the layers of carefully wrapped packaging lay a collection of old, partly burnt bones. But these...

Author Sue Howlett
Published 18 June 2013
Source Mersea Museum

202

Article

School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part Two
ID ML2013_006_P47
Title School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part Two
Abstract

With the evacuees leaving the island we had our school back full time. The young male teachers Mr Reason, Mr Burt, Mr Davies all went of into the services. I understand Mr Hucklesby was at our school for a short time before going off into the services but I don't remember him...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

203

Article

How the Lifeboat Started
ID RNLI_HIS
Title How the Lifeboat Started
Abstract A short history of the lifeboat at West Mersea to go with its 50th anniversary in 2013.

The RNLI lifeboat service in Mersea was formed in 1963 and so is 50 years old this year. We were one of the first stations to use inflatable 'D Class' lifeboats, making the Inshore Lifeboat service or...

Author Martin Wade.
Source Mersea Museum / Martin Wade

204

Article

School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part One
ID ML2013_005_P41
Title School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part One
Abstract

I started my education at West Mersea Council School, Barfield Road in the spring of 1937. I was a very reluctant starter and after several failed attempts my father loaded me on to the back seat of his bicycle in the pretence of going to East Mersea to visit Auntie Nellie. We...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

205

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 6
ID ML2013_004_047
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 6
Abstract

Now concluding my look at old Mersea shops, we can take a look at what were probably the first purpose built shops on the island.

The first picture shows a busy scene...

Author Ron Green
Published April 2013
Source Mersea Museum

206

Article

Stanley Hills - Founder of Mersea Museum
ID TXA02290
Title Stanley Hills - Founder of Mersea Museum
Abstract

Colchester builder, Stanley Hills, was involved with some of the town's largest projects and was also a major benefactor to his adopted home of West Mersea. He was born in Claudius Road, Colchester, in 1910 and was a pupil at Hamilton Road School before Joining his father's firm...

Source Mersea Museum

207

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 3
ID ML2013_001_047
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 3
Abstract

Having left High Street last month, we will take a few steps into High Street North and Clem Smith's greengrocers on the corner of Mersea Avenue

Clem was another local shopkeeper who was a local councillor and could often get quite excited about certain issues. I...

Author Ron Green
Published January 2013
Source Mersea Museum
Page 47

208

Article

William Wyatt
ID DIS2013_RRD
Title William Wyatt
Abstract

William Wyatt was born on Mersea in 1865. He was registered as John William Wyatt and was usually known as Bill. Later he was given the nickname of Admiral following the Mersea tradition...

Author Rosemary Rainbird
Keywords Admiral
Published 15 January 2013
Source Mersea Museum

209

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 2.
ID ML2012_012_P48
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 2.
Abstract As we left Arthur Cock's butcher's shop in part one, we head off down Yorick Road past a garden plot where Glennie Cock later built a pair of shops he named Mersea Stores. The next shop past this plot was Charlie Williamson's newsagents and toy shop. He also published and sold postcards. Charlie's...
Author Ron Green
Published December 2012
Source Mersea Museum

210

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 1.
ID ML2012_011_P47
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 1.
Abstract

My early memories of Mersea shops comes from the mid 1930s when we lived in Barfield Road and my mother used to take me with her when she went shopping in my pre-school days. Then later when I left school in 1946 and started working for builder Clifford White & Co. As the 'Boy' I...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2012
Source Mersea Museum

211

Article

Proud of our tradition
ID ML2012_011_P10
Title Proud of our tradition
Abstract My family are very proud of our Poppy tradition, and thought you might be interested in our history.

The "powers that be" in East Mersea in 1933 were looking for someone to take the poppies from door to door. The only person to show an interest was a 13 year old girl called Peggie...

Author Wenda Lord
Published November 2012
Source Mersea Museum

212

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Farming
ID ML2012_010_P41
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Farming
Abstract

The outbreak of war in 1939 found many farms in Mersea and much of the rest of Britain in a run down state with many fields not seeing the plough for many years. Cheap imports of foreign grain made it impossible for our farmers to compete. With the ships bringing in this grain now...

Author Ron Green
Published October 2012
Source Mersea Museum

213

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Mersea men on the barges.
ID ML2012_009_P42
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Mersea men on the barges.
Abstract

One hundred or so years ago the sailing barge was a common sight around Mersea Island, tucked into various creeks and quays around the island collecting corn, hay, straw etc and delivering manure to the farms. Many an old photograph of The Strood shows a stackie barge. In those days...

Author Ron Green
Published September 2012
Source Mersea Museum

214

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Green family
ID ML2012_007_P42
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Green family
Abstract

My great great grandfather John Green lived in a cottage next to the Fox Inn. He was an agricultural labourer and the tithe awards shows him as occupier, with others, of cottages and yards owned by James Fenn.

One of his sons Robert Chinnery married Maria Radford at...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2012
Source Mersea Museum

215

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - bands
ID ML2012_006_P44
Title Mersea Bygone Days - bands
Abstract I started at West Mersea Council School as it was then called, after Easter 1937. The boy sitting next to me was a real pest and kept pulling my ears. After the first term and holiday some new children came in and I had a new partner at my desk, his name was Sidney Sherwood, a quiet friendly boy....
Author Ron Green
Published July 2012
Source Mersea Museum

216

Article

Save the Barrow - article from Mersea Island Courier.
ID COR2_023
Title Save the Barrow - article from Mersea Island Courier.
Abstract

Barrow, what barrow?


View of the Barrow from Dawes Lane

Every islander knows the Mersea Barrow - or do they? For nearly two thousand years it has si...

Author Pat Kirby
Keywords Mersea Mound mount
Published 21 March 2012
Source Mersea Museum

217

Article

The man who dug the Mersea Barrow
ID COR2_024
Title The man who dug the Mersea Barrow
Abstract

On 16th April, 1912, a sprightly gentleman, resplendent in plus-fours and a bushy walrus moustache, alighted from a Great Eastern steam train at Colchester Station, en route to Mersea Island. His desti tion was Fairhaven House, still standing today in Seaview Avenue, where he...

Author Sue Howlett
Published May 2012
Source Mersea Museum

218

Article

Fish traps in the River Blackwater
ID TXA01650
Title Fish traps in the River Blackwater
Abstract

The following is the text of a recording Ron Hall made for the Mersea Museum 2007 display on fish traps.

Fish traps or 'weirs' as they are termed locally, are to be found in many locations within the Blackwater estuary. The traps are constructed on areas that, when traps...

Author Ron L. Hall
Keywords fish trap fish weir kiddle
Published 16 June 2007
Source Mersea Museum

219

Article

The Old City Cottage: A Museum Favourite
ID COR2_022
Title The Old City Cottage: A Museum Favourite
Abstract


The Cottage, Mersea Museum. Photo Mike L. Davies.

"I remember using those!" and "Granny had these on her mantelpiece" or "We found one of those in the attic"...

Author Judith Kirkby
Published 17 August 2011
Source Mersea Museum

220

Article

The Tudor Fort at East Mersea.
ID COR2_020
Title The Tudor Fort at East Mersea.
Abstract

Many islanders are familiar with Mersea's surviving military defences - the concrete pill-boxes and crumbling gun placements built 70 years ago to guard against Nazi invasion. But these very visible features are not the only evidence of the island's role in times of war, whether...

Author Sue Howlett
Published 20 July 2011
Source Mersea Museum

221

Article

Sailing barges working to West Mersea Hard.
ID COR2_019
Title Sailing barges working to West Mersea Hard.
Abstract


1. CLIFF.

We have recently seen the sailing barge DAWN reviving a trade which was a common sight around one hundred years ago, when she loaded a stack of straw at Abbotts Hall...

Author Ron Green
Published 6 July 2011
Source Mersea Museum

222

Article

Local education and the lessons of history.
ID COR2_018
Title Local education and the lessons of history.
Abstract

There have been schools for the sons of rich families throughout the centuries, but schooling for the children of the poor was a consequence of the Industrial Revolution.

At the end of the eighteenth century many people thought that educating the lower classes would be...

Author Chris Kirkman
Published 22 June 2011
Source Mersea Museum

223

Article

Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 2.
ID COR2_017
Title Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 2.
Abstract

In March 1871 Sabine Baring Gould and his family arrived on Mersea. He was to be the rector at East Mersea for the next ten years. It is well documented that he found life in East Mersea difficult. He complained that the inhabitants of this parish were "dull, reserved, shy and...

Author David Nicholls
Published 8 June 2011
Source Mersea Museum

224

Article

Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 1.
ID COR2_016
Title Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 1.
Abstract

The first of two pieces by David Nicholls, Essex Wildlife Trust warden at Ray Island.

In 1970 the National Trust bought Ray Island. This was the Trust's first purchase of any property on the Essex coast, persuaded by a group of local people led by Alec Grant. This...

Author David Nicholls
Published 27 May 2011
Source Mersea Museum

225

Article

If you can't eat it, you can buy it at Digby's
ID COR2_015
Title If you can't eat it, you can buy it at Digby's
Abstract The picture of Digby's shop around 1910 which accompanied this article is no longer available on www.merseamuseum.org.uk . It is available in Brian Jay's book Mersea Memories, available from the Museum Shop.

The business originally known as Digby Brothers was started...

Author Brian Jay
Keywords PORT ERROL
Published 13 May 2011
Source Mersea Museum

226

Article

A Winter's Tale: behind the scenes at the museum
ID COR2_014
Title A Winter's Tale: behind the scenes at the museum
Abstract

"I suppose you can all have a rest now" is a comment I have heard when the museum closes its doors at the end of September. So what happens when the main hall is cleared to make room for the winter meetings, art shows and fairs? As we get ready to open for the summer season on...

Author Joanne Godfrey
Published 29 April 2011
Source Mersea Museum

227

Article

A Mersea brickie for sixty-five years and counting
ID COR2_013
Title A Mersea brickie for sixty-five years and counting
Abstract

I left West Mersea Council School at Easter 1946 at the age of fourteen to start work with local builder Clifford White & Co. I was to do a bricklaying apprenticeship but was u ble to start officially until aged fifteen. I started on a new bungalow being built in Fenn Farm...

Author Ron Green
Published 15 April 2011
Source Mersea Museum

228

Article

The unsolved mystery of Mersea's skeletons
ID COR2_012
Title The unsolved mystery of Mersea's skeletons
Abstract

...

Author Pat Kirby
Published 1 April 2011
Source Mersea Museum

229

Article

Barfield Road in the 1930s
ID COR2_011
Title Barfield Road in the 1930s
Abstract


The old council houses in Barfield Road, West Mersea. Beyond is the chemist's Shop, and on the right is Clifford White's yard. The photo is dated 1944.

I was born in...

Author Ron Green
Published 18 March 2011
Source Mersea Museum

230

Article

How we were - Mersea people 350 years ago!
ID COR2_010
Title How we were - Mersea people 350 years ago!
Abstract

Family historians visiting Mersea Museum's new Resource Centre, on Saturday open days over the last few months, have made a beeline for the new computers. Here, if successful, they can 'meet their ancestors'. On the computers, are hundreds of pages of information and images, where...

Author Sue Howlett
Published 4 March 2011
Source Mersea Museum

231

Article

What's under your garden ?
ID COR2_009
Title What's under your garden ?
Abstract

In 2006 we were approached at the museum by a team of Cambridge archaeologists, with a view to digging some test pits in Mersea. The team was from the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) under the leadership of Carenza Lewis who some people will remember from Channel 4's Time Team...

Author Chris Kirkman
Published 18 February 2011
Source Mersea Museum

232

Article

East Mersea life in the early Twentieth Century
ID COR2_008
Title East Mersea life in the early Twentieth Century
Abstract

My father, Leslie James Green, was born on December 5th 1902 in the old Blue Row Cottages. He was the second son of Arthur John Green (known as Jack) and Alice Jane, née Mingay. Jack was born in the old Workhouse Cottages at Waldegraves on February 3rd 1878.

Alice...

Author Ron Green
Published 4 February 2011
Source Mersea Museum

233

Article

When Mammoths and Bears roamed
ID COR2_007
Title When Mammoths and Bears roamed
Abstract

So, what about GEOLOGY? No museum should be without its fossils, and Mersea Museum has a few, although not displayed as such. Some years ago a committee member was able to identify and display a collection of fossilised bones. However, when she left, no-one felt able to take this...

Author Vicki Packard
Keywords Richard Bedford
Published 22 January 2011
Source Mersea Museum

234

Article

Did the earth move for you too? The 1884 Earthquake.
ID COR2_006
Title Did the earth move for you too? The 1884 Earthquake.
Abstract MERSEA ISLAND WRECKED
"On the morning of 22nd April 1884, the unthinkable happened. A major earthquake struck the British Isles. In under a minute almost the entire length and breadth of England had been shaken by a violent tremor which devastated the county of Essex - its epicentre - and...
Author Pat Kirby
Published 30 December 2010
Source Mersea Museum

235

Article

Roly Green, the gardener at Shameen
ID COR2_005
Title Roly Green, the gardener at Shameen
Abstract


Shameen, circa 1924

Shameen was a large house built about 100 years ago at the end of Seaview Avenue, close to the beach.

My maternal grandfather Roland 'Roly'...

Author Ron Green
Published 17 December 2010
Source Mersea Museum

236

Article

Stuffed birds to be put in cold storage.
ID COR2_004
Title Stuffed birds to be put in cold storage.
Abstract

WILDLIFE EXHIBITS

The time has come to renovate the museum's  tural history section. Most of the wildlife displays in the museum consist of stuffed and mo...

Author David Nicholls
Published 3 December 2010
Source Mersea Museum

237

Article

If it wasn't the Romans, who built the Strood ?
ID COR2_002
Title If it wasn't the Romans, who built the Strood ?
Abstract

It is often suggested that the Strood, Mersea's ancient causeway, was built by the Romans. Tales abound of a ghostly Roman centurion, pacing the Strood on stormy nights. However, when Romans first arrived on Mersea in the 1st century AD, sea levels were considerably lower than...

Author Sue Howlett
Published 5 November 2010
Source Mersea Museum

238

Article

The Cudmores, carriers of Carrier's Close
ID COR2_003
Title The Cudmores, carriers of Carrier's Close
Abstract

"Another teat for the children was to go by Carrier's Van to Colchester. The journey was long and arduous. The horse stopped at all cottage doors to collect letters to post and parcels to be delivered. The 'boy' used to run down the lanes to collect or deliver while the horse...

Author Chris Kirkman
Published 19 November 2010
Source Mersea Museum / Christine Kirkman

239

Article

Beckwith's Colchester Registered Steamers
ID TXA00990
Title Beckwith's Colchester Registered Steamers
Abstract List compiled by John Collins of Wivenhoe Nottage.
List of Beckwith's Colchester Registered steamers.
1880/1 ESSEX 60.19grt (39.96net) iron elliptical stern screw steamer. 80.8'x15.7'x5.8'. Engine room 16.8'. Two 'high pressure' cyls 25" bore x 10" stroke, surface condensing by G....
Author John Collins
Published 13 November 2010
Source Mersea Museum

240

Article

An early Mersea Telephone Directory
ID TXA00950
Title An early Mersea Telephone Directory
Abstract An early directory, compiled from various sources. ...
Author Tony Millatt / Ron Green
Keywords phone list telephone list.
Published c1929
Source Mersea Museum

241

Article

Pulling them in with zips, bones and hooks
ID COR2_001
Title Pulling them in with zips, bones and hooks
Abstract

After the doors of Hadley's Ladies' Outfitters in Mill Road closed for the last time in March 2002, Mersea Museum received an unusual donation - fifteen pieces of assorted corsetry, most dating...
Author Joanne Godfrey
Published 22 October 2010
Source Mersea Museum

242

Article

The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Mersea. A Brief History.
ID TXA00900
Title The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Mersea. A Brief History.
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...

Author T.B. Millatt (with later additions)
Keywords West Mersea Church
Published 11 October 2010
Source Mersea Museum

243

Article

Baring-Gould's novel Mehalah features Red Hall on the marshes. Did it exist?
ID TXA00710
Title Baring-Gould's novel Mehalah features Red Hall on the marshes. Did it exist?
Abstract Red Hall in Mehalah
An enquiry to the Museum said "I have been studying Baring-Gould's Mehalah and I am interested in sites related to the novel. "I was wondering if there is (or was) a real-world equivalent to what the novel calls Red Hall. The novel says that the reclaimed salting of Re...
Author Tony Millatt
Published 31 July 2010
Source Mersea Museum

244

Article

East Mersea School, 1905 and 1926 - Courier article
ID COR_044
Title East Mersea School, 1905 and 1926 - Courier article
Abstract BACK IN TIME - THE MERSEA PICTURE ALBUM

EAST MERSEA SCHOOL

Having shown a group photo from West Mersea school in the last issue, we thought it only fair to show similar pictures from East Mersea, their school having now become the East Mersea Village Hall. The first picture...

Author Brian Jay / Don Rainbird / Ron Green
Published July 2005
Source Mersea Museum / Mersea Island Courier

245

Article

Mersea Hero at the Somme - Back in Time Courier article
ID COR_011
Title Mersea Hero at the Somme - Back in Time Courier article
Abstract

While scanning the Pullen family album we came across a WW1 photo of Arthur David ('Dash') Pullen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pullen, in the uniform of the Essex Regiment. On the back of a...
Author Brian Jay / Don Rainbird / Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum / Mersea Island Courier

246

Article

A Monkey Puzzle - Courier Article
ID COR_005
Title A Monkey Puzzle - Courier Article
Abstract Ron Green, one of our Museum local historians has always been intrigued by the nickname 'Monkey Beach' for the area close to St Peters Well and a letter from Ron together with the picture below might persuade other Courier readers to give their opinion.

Ron writes: "For some time now,...

Author Ron Green
Keywords monkey steps
Published December 2003
Source Mersea Museum / Mersea Island Courier

247

Article

Tony Stacey photograph collection
ID TXA00350
Title Tony Stacey photograph collection
Abstract Tony Stacey was a Mersea resident and a ship photographer. He died c1995 and his collection of 11,000 slides was passed to the World Ship Society.
Tony travelled widely photographing ships but also watched the local scene and we are featuring a selection of photographs from the River Blackwater...
Keywords Anthony Stacey
Published 20 February 2010
Source Mersea Museum / World Ship Society

248

Article

Yacht ENDEAVOUR missing in Atlantic with several local people on board.
ID TXA00340
Title Yacht ENDEAVOUR missing in Atlantic with several local people on board.
Abstract An object in Mersea Museum leads us into a long story, involving local fishermen, the big racing yachts from before World War 2, the America's Cup and adventures in the Atlantic. The object is a piece of manilla rope, about 1 foot long and 8.5 inches [21.5cm] circumference. The rope was being used...
Published 20 January 2010
Source Mersea Museum

249

Article

West Mersea Parish Church Tower
ID TXA00330
Title West Mersea Parish Church Tower
Abstract By the late 1940s, the 11th century West Mersea church tower was in a very bad state. There were large holes in the stonework, where dozens of jackdaws nested. In 1951 local builder Clifford White & Co submitted an estimate for extensive repair work in the sum of £1,260 which was accepted, and...
Author Ron Green
Keywords NRD
Published January 2010
Source Mersea Museum

250

Article

Old anchor at Mersea Museum
ID TXA00310
Title Old anchor at Mersea Museum
Abstract The anchor in the entrance drive to Mersea Museum was recovered from the Barrow Deep by Mersea fisherman Pat Mead in 1977. Pat says the anchor was caught below the Mid Barrow on the Sunk side and it had 10 fathoms of tarred rope hawser attached. He was on the OAKLEIGH with Carl Seeley as crew. The...
Author Tony Millatt
Published 15 September 2009
Source Mersea Museum
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