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.

Found 256 files  - displaying 51 to 100

51

Article

Oyster Culture and Dredging
ID DJG_OYS
Title Oyster Culture and Dredging
Abstract It is accepted locally, but not generally known that there were oyster fisheries in these parts prior to Roman times, and one historian jocularly suggested that one of the reasons which prompted Julius Caesar to invade these shores was that he had been told that the delicate and succulent ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords cultch
Source Mersea Museum

52

Article

Tollesbury Gooseberry Pie Fair
ID DJG_PIE
Title Tollesbury Gooseberry Pie Fair
Abstract Tollesbury is a large compact village, situated on rising ground, and joins on the west to the villages of Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Tolleshunt Knights, Goldhanger and Salcott cum Virley, in the County of Essex. It is bounded on the sout, east and north-east sides by marshlands and saltings. The River ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 23 February 1968
Source Mersea Museum

53

Article

Public Transport - the Railway
ID DJG_PT1
Title Public Transport - the Railway
Abstract The Railway first came to Essex on the 18th June 1839 inaugurated by the "Eastern Counties Railway" first London to Norwich. Prior to that date, conveyance of passenger and goods traffic had to be effected by horse drawn coaches or carts, a long and tedious journey dependant on where one ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

54

Article

Public Transport - the Omnibus
ID DJG_PT2
Title Public Transport - the Omnibus
Abstract Year 1919 was a momentous time - Victory had been achieved, it was a time for rejoicing and thankfulness, but also sadness in many families. Of the some three hundred young men and women who had served in the Forces, barely two thirds returned to the village, 48 young men had died, and ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 January 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

55

Article

To School by Train - Tollesbury
ID DJG_PT3
Title To School by Train - Tollesbury
Abstract Before September 1921 local children who had gained county scholarships to either of the grammar or secondary schools at Chelmsford or Maldon had to travel by train from Tollesbury. No local boys had sat for the entrance examinations during the Great War 1914-1918, although local girls had ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

56

Article

Voyage of the SUNSHINE
ID DJG_SH1
Title Voyage of the SUNSHINE
Abstract SOME NOTABLE VOYAGES
VOYAGE OF THE "SUNSHINE'

For some years prior to 1910 a beautiful schooner yacht named "Sunshine", skippered by Capt Richard Page, invariably laid up each winter at Rickus Creek. In 1910 the schooner was purchased from its previous owner by Mr Weston ...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

57

Article

Atlantic Crossing in the SUNSHINE
ID DJG_SH2
Title Atlantic Crossing in the SUNSHINE
Abstract ATLANTIC CROSSING IN THE "SUNSHINE"

The yacht "Sunshine" sailed from Tollesbury Pier on the River Blackwater Tollesbury, Essex, on 11th April 1911 with a navigator aboard as Capt Pettican had no "ticket". There was a crew of five with Sidney Mills, the fo'cle cook and myself as ...

Author Harry Redhouse
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

58

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

59

Article

Tollesbury Trade and Industry
ID DJG_TAI
Title Tollesbury Trade and Industry
Abstract According to old records and maps the parish of Tollesbury covered a large area in olden times, extending as far as Tiptree Heath, which anciently was part of the great forest of Essex, to which the freeholders and tenants of surrounding parishes, including Tollesbury, had commonright for ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

60

Article

The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club
ID DJG_TSC
Title The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club
Abstract Shortly after the Great War there came to reside in Tollesbury a gentleman, named Major Kenrick McMullen, a member of a notable brewing family in Hertfordshire, who had been serving as a staff officer in the Army. He and his family settled down in the village, and eventually acquired land ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published c1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

61

Article

Those were the days - Tollesbury fishing
ID DJG_TWT
Title Those were the days - Tollesbury fishing
Abstract Reminiscences of childhood memories of over fifty years ago by Douglas Jack Gurton.

The report by the Fishery Officer on the decline of the fishing industry in this area, reminds me of the struggle of local fishermen to gain a livelihood over fifty years ago. There were 117 smacks ...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

62

Article

Tollesbury Village Bygones
ID DJG_VBY
Title Tollesbury Village Bygones
Abstract Before 1914 Tollesbury had its own "Town Crier", who presumably for a small fee could be hired to announce matters of importance to the parish ranging from meetings to arrivals of coal cargoes by barge at 13/- a ton, shot down outside your house, or at 19/- (95p) if put in the coal-hole or ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

63

Article

Three Voyages
ID DJG_VOY
Title Three Voyages
Abstract Nowadays it is quite common to read of venturesome and hazardous voyages completed single handed or with crews, but it is not generally known or has been forgotten that at least three epic voyages were completed successfully by men of this village. In 1911 the schooner "Sunshine" re-rigged as a ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 13 February 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

64

Article

Village School Days
ID DJG_VSD
Title Village School Days
Abstract Over the years the village has been most fortunately favoured by the selection of headmasters, headmistresses, and teachers appointed to educate the children of the village, and we who were pupils should feel eternally grateful for the care, dedication, and knowledge imparted to us at ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

65

Article

1914 - Tollesbury
ID DJG_WWA
Title 1914 - Tollesbury
Abstract Year 1914 so far as weather was concerned was similar to present. but in other respects was most dissimilar, especially as it affected this remote village of Tollesbury. Starting off with a cold snap and fairly heavy fall of snow we children enjoyed skating on the brickfield pond and ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

66

Article

Tollesbury sends its sons to war
ID DJG_WWB
Title Tollesbury sends its sons to war
Abstract Sunday 4th August 1914, as I remember it was a pleasantly warm sunny day. It was a time of full employaent within the village, and found the inhabitants going quietly about their daily tasks although it was the day following the Bank Holiday. During the week-end newspapers had carried headlines ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

67

Article

Tollesbury in War-time - WW1
ID DJG_WWC
Title Tollesbury in War-time - WW1
Abstract Recent publicity regarding remains of V2 rockets found near Thurslet, revives memories not only of World War II but the Great War of 1914-18 when Tollesbury was selected as a training area for infantry. On the 12th December 1914 the Essex Territorial Cyclist Battalion carried out a "sham ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 16 January 1975
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

68

Article

The day the war ended
ID DJG_WWX
Title The day the war ended
Abstract During the past month (September 1979) we have been subjected to a great deal of news items by press, radio and television, regarding the "day war broke out", but the most happiest and thankful time was when it ended. I arrived home on 30th April 1945 from Europe where I had been serving in ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords ww2
Published 29 September 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

69

Article

Yachting between the wars
ID DJG_YBW
Title Yachting between the wars
Abstract Yachting re-started slowly in 1919. The ravages of the four years 1914-1918 had taken their toll of both men and craft. Of the forty odd medium tonnage yachts berthed in the creeks, or hauled up into Messrs. Drake Bros' yard at Woodrolfe, Tollesbury, a number had changed hands. The beautiful ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 24 March 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

70

Article

The America Cup
ID DJG_YCP
Title The America Cup
Abstract Without doubt the series of excellent articles by Mr John Leather originally submitted in connection with the "Seafarers' Window" have stimulated interest in many newcomers and revived memories for many of the older generation in the parish. It is possibly fitting to recall that the colourful ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords yachting
Published 1 March 1976
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

71

Article

The End of Zeppelin L33
ID DJG_ZEP
Title The End of Zeppelin L33
Abstract THE END OF ZEPPELIN L33 (The Authentic account)

Zeppelin L33 was commanded by Kapitan - Leutenant Bocker.

During the daylight hours of Saturday September 23rd. 1916 the weather was ideally suited for an airship attack on London.

Three zeppelins, the L31, L32 and ...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

72

Article

Essex Archaeology and History
ID EAH_014_077
Title Essex Archaeology and History
Abstract The only road onto Mersea Island crosses the end of the Strood and Pyefleet channels on a causeway known as the Strood. The road has been raised over the years, but below the present road can be found oak piles which indicate the presence of a causeway here in Anglo-Saxon times. The name 'Strood' is ...
Author Tony Millatt
Keywords dendro
Volume 14
Published 1982
Source Mersea Museum / Essex Archaeology and History
Page 77

73

Article

Mersea Island: the 11th-century Boundaries; *** King Edward Charter
ID EAH_014_087
Title Mersea Island: the 11th-century Boundaries; *** King Edward Charter
Abstract Deramy's Stone stands on the boundary between East and West Mersea. The plaque below the stone (erected in January 1975) says the stone marks the Boundary of the Manor of West Mersea granted by King Edward the Confessor to the Monastery of St. Ouen in 1046. However, there is much doubt about ...
Author Tony Millatt
Keywords Deremy's, Deramy's, Deramy, Deremy
Volume 14
Published 1982
Source Mersea Museum / Essex Archaeology and History
Page 87

74

Article

Reverend Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock M.A.
ID EAS_1936_P155
Title Reverend Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock M.A.
Abstract IN MEMORIAM. THE REV. LLEWELLYN CHRISTOPHER WATSON BULLOCK, B.A.

Obituary from Essex Archaeological Society

The death of the Rev. Ll. C. Watson Bullock on 10 February, ...

Published 1936
Source Mersea Museum

75

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

76

Article

The Story of Layer de la Haye since Saxon Times
ID EC64_05_316
Title The Story of Layer de la Haye since Saxon Times
Abstract

It was called "Legra" in the Domesday Book

By the Rev. James Allen (Vicar of Layer de la Haye)
Article from East Anglian Magazine May 1964

The name ...

Author Rev. James Allen
Source Mersea Museum

77

Article

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

...

Source Mersea Museum

78

Article

Salcot Church c1830 by J.C. Atkinson
ID ERV_1894_275
Title Salcot Church c1830 by J.C. Atkinson
Abstract SALCOT CHURCH

From Essex Review Vol 3, Page 275 (1894) By: J.C. Atkinson, Danby Parsonage, Castleton.

My reminiscences of Salcott and Virley Churches of sixty-five to seventy years ago (c1830) are somewhat peculiar. My father was frequently officiating in them, one or both, ...

Keywords 1830
Source Mersea Museum

79

Article

Appendix II - George Saunders Smith in Australia
ID GSS_102
Title Appendix II - George Saunders Smith in Australia
Abstract Appendix II

"Dad came to visit us on our farm at a place called Woolooga in the 1968, as at this time he was retired. He had visited a place called Noosa he liked the climate, he said he had had enough of the cold and loved the beaches ...

Author Jan Davey
Keywords sanders
Source Mersea Museum

80

Article

Church Briefs - Great Wigborough
ID GWG_CBR
Title Church Briefs - Great Wigborough
Abstract

CHURCH BRIEFS

A transcription in P.A.F. Stephenson's book "The Parish Registers of Great and Little Wigborough" 1905

In th ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

81

Article

Great Wigborough Congregational Chapel
ID GWG_CGC
Title Great Wigborough Congregational Chapel
Abstract According to White's Trade Directory of 1848 in its entry for the village of Great Wigborough, there was an independent chapel sited by the Maldon Road, Great Wigborough. The entry reads

Adjoining the Maldon Road is an Independent Chapel, belonging to a Congregation formed in ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2020
Source Mersea Museum

82

Article

The Parish Church of St Stephen Great Wigborough. A history
ID GWG_CHC
Title The Parish Church of St Stephen Great Wigborough. A history
Abstract The Parish Church of St Stephen, Great Wigborough.

Beautifully situated on the top of a hill at the highest point of the parish, the tower of the church is a landmark for many miles around. The ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

83

Article

Great Wigborough Church Royal Commission on Historical Monuments report 1922
ID GWG_CHC_201
Title Great Wigborough Church Royal Commission on Historical Monuments report 1922
Abstract GREAT WIGBOROUGH

From the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (1922)
Typed by T.B. Millatt, source document not known.
Transcribed August 2020 by Anne Taylor

Great Wigborough is a parish 7 miles south of Colchester.

Parish Church of St. Stephen stands ...

Author 1922
Source Mersea Museum

84

Article

King's Head, Great Wigborough
ID GWG_KHD
Title King's Head, Great Wigborough
Abstract The King's Head, Great Wigborough, by the turn to Colchester off the Maldon Road. It was rendered and painted white in the 1950s, and is now a private house, known as the Olde Kings Head.

This story of the King's Head is rather incomplete. An inn is recorded as being at the site in the 17th ...

Source Mersea Museum

85

Article

The Reformation and the Wigborough Martyrs
ID GWG_MTR
Title The Reformation and the Wigborough Martyrs
Abstract The Reformation and the Great Wigborough Martyrs

At a time of a Europe-wide move to break away from the Roman Catholic Church, in 1534, Henry VIII, declared himself supreme head of the Church of England . This move, triggered by his wish to divorce Catherine of Aragon was also a means by ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

86

Article

The Rectors of St Stephens, Great Wigborough
ID GWG_REC
Title The Rectors of St Stephens, Great Wigborough
Abstract

In writing the biographical details that follow I am following in the footsteps of local historian, the late Tom Millatt who was responsible for the beautiful artwork above which hangs on the walls of St ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2020
Source Mersea Museum

87

Article

Great Wigborough School
ID GWG_SCH
Title Great Wigborough School
Abstract

Great Wigborough School - Alan Theobald

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Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

88

Article

Wigborough War Memorial
ID GWG_WMM
Title Wigborough War Memorial
Abstract The War Memorial in St. Stephen's Parish Church, Great Wigborough. The memorial is alabaster and is in the closed north doorway.

To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of the soldiers of this Parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1918.
Their Name Liveth for Ever ...

Author Tony Millatt
Keywords ww1 ww2
Published July 2020
Source Mersea Museum

89

Article

Yates Family Wedding at Great Wigborough
ID GWG_YTS_001
Title Yates Family Wedding at Great Wigborough
Abstract The following is the diary of a visit to Great Wigborough for the wedding of Joan Yates, daughter of the Rector Revd. Frederick Yates. It was sent by Ivor Hopkyns, son of Joan and John Yates.

DIARY OF THE WEDDING OF JOAN YATES AND JOHN HOPKYNS

20th November, ...

Source Mersea Museum

90

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

91

Article

Frederick Theobald of Great Wigborough died 26 August 1914
ID IYS_001
Title Frederick Theobald of Great Wigborough died 26 August 1914
Abstract

THEOBALD, FREDERICK GEORGE
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Kings Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 1st Bn.
Age 38
Date of death 26 August 1914
Service No.

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

92

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

93

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

94

Article

Thomas Henry Bossence Batten killed in action 29 July 1916
ID IYS_050
Title Thomas Henry Bossence Batten killed in action 29 July 1916
Abstract

BATTEN, Thomas Bossence
Australian Rank: Private Australian Infantry
A.I.F. 26th Battalion
Age 19
Date of death 29 July 1916
Service No. 1718

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

95

Article

William Potter Bond died 14 May 1915
ID IYS_078
Title William Potter Bond died 14 May 1915
Abstract

BOND, WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER (also known as William Edward Bond)
Rank: Private
Regiment: Essex Regiment 2nd Battalion,12th Brigade, 4th Division.
Age 18
Date of ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

96

Article

Bertram Charles Juniper of Great Wigborough died 15 Sept 1915
ID IYS_092
Title Bertram Charles Juniper of Great Wigborough died 15 Sept 1915
Abstract

JUNIPER, BERTRAM CHARLES
Rank: Private
Regiment: Essex Regiment in the 2nd Battalion. 12th Brigade, 4th Division.
Age 22
Date of death 15 September 1915
Service ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

97

Article

Alexander Charles Ponder of Great Wigborough died 13 October 1915
ID IYS_099
Title Alexander Charles Ponder of Great Wigborough died 13 October 1915
Abstract

PONDER, ALEXANDER CHARLES
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment, 1/6th Battalion, TF 137th Brigade, 46th Division.
Age 36
Date of death 13 ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Keywords garr
Source Mersea Museum

98

Article

Frederick Hutley of Great Wigborough died 30 June 1916
ID IYS_105
Title Frederick Hutley of Great Wigborough died 30 June 1916
Abstract

HUTLEY, FREDERICK
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment, 12th Battalion. 116th Brigade, 39th Division.
Age 34
Date of death 30 June 1916
Service No. ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Keywords Fred, brickhouse
Source Mersea Museum

99

Article

Frederick James Oxenham of Great Wigborough died 23 May 1917
ID IYS_153
Title Frederick James Oxenham of Great Wigborough died 23 May 1917
Abstract

OXENHAM, Frederick James
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment: London Regiment (City of London Rifles) : 6th Battalion.
Age 22
Date of death 23 May 1917
Service No. ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

100

Article

Alfred Charles Francis died 3 June 1917
ID IYS_154
Title Alfred Charles Francis died 3 June 1917
Abstract

FRANCIS, ALFRED CHARLES
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery: "D" Battery. 58th Brigade
Age 23
Date of death 3 June 1917
Service No. ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum
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