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

Haven of Rest
ID DJG_SHP
Title Haven of Rest
Abstract HAVEN OF REST by Douglas Gurton of Tollesbury.

Rumours were rife in the village in the early twenties that "large ocean going liners" would be coming to lay-up in the River Blackwater. As a small boy at the time I was keenly interested in this, and spent a great deal of my leisure at...

Author Douglas Gurton
Keywords carisbrook castle
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Collection

202

Article

Memory Lane - Chummy at Lions Transport Show
ID ML2015_009_L10
Title Memory Lane - Chummy at Lions Transport Show
Abstract

I, together with several hundred others, went along to the Lions Summer show at Waldegraves on Saturday August 8th. I had hoped to travel in style in a vintage Eastern National bus but being unable to get there until late I only managed a short trip from the car park to the show...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

203

Article

Memory Lane - the wall by The Square
ID ML2015_008_P69
Title Memory Lane - the wall by The Square
Abstract Continuing on with last month's Coast Road theme, for this month we feature the ornamental wall in front of The Square which was built to house a barometer...

The barometer was sold at...

Author Ron Green
Published August 2015
Source Mersea Museum

204

Article

Memory Lane - Hove Creek
ID ML2015_007_P63
Title Memory Lane - Hove Creek
Abstract Is it Hove, Hoov or Holve ?
Mention that name to most people nowadays and in return you will usually get a puzzled look.
Travelling down Coast Road and just before reaching the houseboats, you will drop down a short steep hill. You have just descended Hove Hill. In the past a sizeable...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

205

Article

Memory Lane - sailing barge up the Ray Channel
ID ML2015_006_P58
Title Memory Lane - sailing barge up the Ray Channel
Abstract On Thursday 23rd May, there was a unique step back in time when a sailing barge sailed all the way up Ray Channel to Shell Bungalow , Peldon.

Des Kaliszewski, a native of Heybridge Basin, has been sailing the little barge CYGNET to many remote places around the East Coast and the...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

206

Article

The Old Ship Inn and City Hall
ID ML2015_005_P99
Title The Old Ship Inn and City Hall
Abstract During my eighty three years on Mersea Island, I've been to most corners and been in to a number of local buildings, I've even built a few but never had I been in to City Hall, the little chapel in The Lane.

On our Sunday tour of Mersea recently we were driving down The Lane when we saw...

Author Ron Green
Published May 2015
Source Mersea Museum

207

Article

Digby's Austin Chummy at Mersea Lions Transport Show
ID ML2015_004_P58
Title Digby's Austin Chummy at Mersea Lions Transport Show
Abstract A 1926 Austin Chummy car, which used to deliver paraffin for Digby's of Mersea, is set to visit the Mersea Lions Transport Show in August.

...

Author John Gradwell
Published April 2015
Source Mersea Museum

208

Article

Mersea Past. Uncle Herbert - and more on Primrose Buses
ID ML2015_004_P57
Title Mersea Past. Uncle Herbert - and more on Primrose Buses
Abstract Herbert Green was born in the cottage opposite The Firs Farm on the 2nd of November 1898, the second son of Roland and Laura. He attended West Mersea Council School and the school register shows that he was to do a bricklaying apprenticeship when he left. I have been unable to find any evidence that...
Author Ron Green
Published April 2015
Source Mersea Museum
Page 57

209

Article

Primrose Buses - 1920 school trip to London Zoo
ID ML2015_003_P57
Title Primrose Buses - 1920 school trip to London Zoo
Abstract Following on from last months feature on the Primrose Charabancs, this month I'm featuring a trip to London Zoo in July 1920 by a group of children from West Mersea Council School on a Primrose double decker open topped bus.

The two images show the Karrier bus HK5195 preparing to leave...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2015
Source Mersea Museum

210

Article

Mersea Charabancs
ID ML2015_002_P59
Title Mersea Charabancs
Abstract

One of the visitors to our museum's resource centre on Saturday 17th January was Lion John Gradwell. He is already working on the 2015 Lions Festival and in particicular the vintage vehicle display. The purpose of his visit was to find what the museum had on Edgar Potter...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2015
Source Mersea Museum

211

Article

West Mersea toilets
ID ML2015_001_P52
Title West Mersea toilets
Abstract An article written for Mersea Life, January 2015.

I'm sure most of us in West Mersea are very concerned to hear that Colchester Borough Council plan to close three of our four public conveniences. In order to save themselves money, they want West Mersea Town Council to take them...

Author Ron Green
Published January 2015
Source Mersea Museum

212

Article

Mersea Past - Mersea Island during the War.
ID ML2014_012_P66
Title Mersea Past - Mersea Island during the War.
Abstract I am often asked what it was like to be on Mersea Island thoughout the war.

As a schoolboy, my answer is that mainly it was good fun. Our parents had all of the worries but for us there was always something going on of interest.

There were aircraft going over and they...

Author Ron Green
Published December 2014
Source Mersea Museum

213

Article

Mersea in August
ID ML2014_009_P60
Title Mersea in August
Abstract My Cousin who lives in Ongar says 'There is always something going on in Mersea' and August was certainy no exception. The first week-end, as always, saw a clash between the Five Parishes Show on the Fingringhoe Ranges and the East Mersea Fete and Art Show.

As Wendy and I put in...

Author Ron Green
Published September 2014
Source Mersea Museum

214

Article

Welcome back KITTY
ID ML2014_008_P60
Title Welcome back KITTY
Abstract The sailing barge KITTY will be gracing the watersports at this year's West Mersea Town Regatta. It's now over sixty years since she did this and fortunately a local photogapher took a good series of photographs on the day, many of which I have in my collection.

I believe the year...

Author Ron Green
Published August 2014
Source Mersea Museum

215

Article

Mersea Past - Marjorie Costello, Postmen and Postladies
ID ML2014_007_P51
Title Mersea Past - Marjorie Costello, Postmen and Postladies
Abstract Recently one of Mersea's oldest inhabitants passed away, Mrs Marjorie Costello was 103 years old and was born in Peldon as Marjorie Hyam.

She was about the last person to remember the German Zeppelin crashing at Little Wigborough during the First World War on 24 September...

Author Ron Green
Published July 2014
Source Mersea Museum

216

Article

Mersea buses - article in Mersea Life.
ID ML2014_006_P60
Title Mersea buses - article in Mersea Life.
Abstract Looking through the May edition of Mersea Life and Lion John Gradwell's notice of the Lion's Transport Display and Summer Show, I was reminded that I must have a ride on one of the preserved Eastern National buses that will be running between the show at Waldegraves and the MICA centre again this...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

217

Article

Sailing barges up the Rhine
ID ML2014_005_P61
Title Sailing barges up the Rhine
Abstract With this year, 2014, being the one hundreth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, our museum is putting on an exhibition as part of our summer show.

One of the features is to record those who took part and were fortunate enough to return - some showing the signs of...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

218

Article

Yes, Mersea Really did have a railway.
ID ML2014_003_P58
Title Yes, Mersea Really did have a railway.
Abstract

There has been some uncertainty in recent issues Mersea Life as to whether Mersea ever did have a railway.

I have in my collection, the old photo above, showing a...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2014
Source Mersea Museum

219

Article

More Abberton Bakery
ID ML2014_002_P55_002
Title More Abberton Bakery
Abstract

Since writing the article about Abberton Barkery in December Mersea LIFE, I have received more details from Mr Alan Smith.

Alan is the son of the late Frederick Smith, the last Smith Family owner of West Mersea Bakery. Alan had expected to follow his father into the...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2014
Source Mersea Museum

220

Article

The Last Post
ID ML2014_002_P55_001
Title The Last Post
Abstract

Over a century ago, a fence was erected along the elevated section of Coast Road. This consisted of cast iron posts connected with steel tubing. Over the years, sections have been removed until...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2014
Source Mersea Museum

221

Article

West Mersea's early developer
ID ML2014_001_P47
Title West Mersea's early developer
Abstract

In the early part of the last century Leonard Weaver planned a large developement for West Mersea which he named the Fairhaven Estate. It included a Temperance Hotel and a statue of Queen Victoria on the Victoria Esplanade. The developement was well under way when the first world...

Author Ron Green
Published January 2014
Source Mersea Museum

222

Article

Abberton Bakery
ID ML2013_012_P54
Title Abberton Bakery
Abstract

I recently received a telephone call from Terry Slowgrove, owner of Abberton Bakery informing me that it had been sold and the new owner was clearing it out that day. Would I like to come over and take anything we would like for our Mersea...

Author Ron Green
Published December 2013
Source Mersea Museum

223

Article

Noel Beadle, 373 Battery, Royal Artillery
ID HNB
Title Noel Beadle, 373 Battery, Royal Artillery
Abstract

Mersea Island
World War II
2000 troops were stationed on the island during the threat of invasion.
The Headquarters of the Royal Army Corps Motor Boat Company was stationed nearby.
The coastal defence of the area around Mersea Island was...

Author Chris Harris
Published November 2013
Source Mersea Museum

224

Article

Typhoon aircraft salvaged from Blackwater.
ID CDC_TYP
Title Typhoon aircraft salvaged from Blackwater.
Abstract

Mersea fishermen often had damaged nets from a 'fast' in the River, and eventually Mike Lungley persuaded divers to go down, see what was there, and to try and salvage it. A barge was used as a base and a number of divers were involved.

The wreck of the aircraft contained...

Source Mersea Museum / Karen Kallaby

225

Article

The Salcott Murder of 1890
ID JMO_SAL_101
Title The Salcott Murder of 1890
Abstract

"FRIGHTFUL MURDER AT SALCOT"
"A FARMER SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY HIS NEPHEW"
"THE BODY TIED IN A SACK"

Joseph Leatherdale was born on 3rd March 1822 at Chappel, Essex. As a boy, he worked as a labourer for his father Thomas, who farmed at...

Author John Moore
Published 2013
Source Mersea Museum

226

Article

Stackie Barges (The Hay Barges)
ID ML2013_011_P45
Title Stackie Barges (The Hay Barges)
Abstract

I have always had a keen interest in local working craft in the days of sail, in particular the barges that loaded large stacks of hay and straw for delivery to London in the days when much of London's traffic was horse drawn - including the buses. Both of my grandfathers served...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2013
Source Mersea Museum

227

Article

An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
ID LZB_PAP_011
Title An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
Abstract

An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
After the end of the Great War 1914 - 1918 the family of Ernest Arthur Lazarus Barlow gave the parish church of St Edmund King and Martyr East Mersea an East Window celebrating the feast of the Epiphany. At the top, scarcely vi...

Author J.H.G. Sunnucks
Published 19 February 2004
Source Mersea Museum / Lazarus Barlow Papers

228

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

229

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

230

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

231

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

232

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

233

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

234

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

235

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

236

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

237

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

238

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

239

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

240

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

241

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

242

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

243

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

244

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

245

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

246

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

247

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

248

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

249

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

250

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
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