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

Women's Land Army in Essex in WW2
ID PH01_WLA
Title Women's Land Army in Essex in WW2
Abstract

The Women's Land Army in Essex during World War 2

During WW1 with German blockades preventing vital supplies getting through to British ports and causing food shortages, a Women's Land Army was set up to work on the land and ensure the nation did not go hungry. ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

252

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

253

Article

Laid up Shell tankers in River Blackwater
ID SHP_STL
Title Laid up Shell tankers in River Blackwater
Abstract £90 a day to keep an out-of-work ship

The retired tanker skipper, now recalled, stared through the shop window on the beach at the idle fleet in the Blackwater estuary.

One quarter of the British cargo ship tonnage, for which no work can be found, is laid up in the Essex ri ...

Published 17 April 1958
Source Mersea Museum

254

Article

Yacht ERIDANI 2 built Wyatt Mersea 1957-1959
ID TXA00070
Title Yacht ERIDANI 2 built Wyatt Mersea 1957-1959
Abstract In March 2009, the Museum had an enquiry from two brothers who were about to embark on the restoration of a Yacht called ERIDANI 2. They knew she was built in West Mersea by William Wyatt between 1957 and 1959. She was designed by a man called John Sloggett and has a Lloyds registration number. ...
Published 7 March 2009
Source Mersea Museum

255

Article

Tim Whelpton - lived on a houseboat before the War
ID TXA00200
Title Tim Whelpton - lived on a houseboat before the War
Abstract Tim Whelpton died March 2009 at the age of 80. He came from a sailing family, in which his doctor grandfather had a fleet of fishing smacks based in Essex. Tim's father, a master mariner, went to sea in square-rigged sailing ships and had circumnavigated the world seven times before he was ...
Author Tony Millatt
Published 22 May 2009
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Sarah Wrench, died 6 May 1848, buried East Mersea.
ID TXA00220
Title Sarah Wrench, died 6 May 1848, buried East Mersea.
Abstract Just to the north east of East Mersea Church is the grave of Sarah Wrench. It is unusual in that it has iron hoops over it, forming a cage. A cast iron plaque on the grave says "Sarah Wrench died 6th May 1848 aged 15 years and 5 months"

The East Mersea Parish Records tell us that Sarah ...

Author Tony Millatt
Keywords churchyard, WCH
Published 31 May 2009
Source Mersea Museum

257

Article

NANALOA - HSL 145
ID TXA00300
Title NANALOA - HSL 145
Abstract By 2009, NANALOA, the former High Speed Launch 145, was resting at West Mersea, her hull stripped of all fittings, and barely floating at high tide. The following article was written by Pat Zierold in the 1990s and covers some of her history.

NANALOA was built in the last months of 1939, one ...

Author Pat Zierold
Published c1994
Source Mersea Museum / Pam West and John Zierold

258

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

259

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 June 2019
Source Mersea Museum

260

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

261

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

262

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

263

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

264

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

265

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

266

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

267

Article

Stanley Hills. The Founder of Mersea Museum.
ID TXA01670
Title Stanley Hills. The Founder of Mersea Museum.
Abstract


Stan Hills (centre) in front of one of his beloved steam engines with a newly built Mersea Museum in the background. Also in the picture are Mervyn Dands (left) and Leslie Haines ...

Author Don Rainbird
Published 2012
Source Mersea Museum

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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

269

Article

In the Mud
ID TXA03380
Title In the Mud
Abstract 2017 was an exciting year along the Mersea shore. In 2016, CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Network) visited the island and looked more deeply into some things we thought we already knew about. About the same time local oystermen were making interesting finds and it became clear ...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

270

Article

A history of the Tithes
ID TXA03710
Title A history of the Tithes
Abstract 1. The history of tithes

Originally, tithes were payments in kind (crops, wool, milk etc.) comprising an agreed proportion of the yearly profits from farming, and made by parishioners for the support of their parish church and its clergy. In theory, tithes were payable on (i) all things ...

Author Unknown
Source Mersea Museum

271

Article

Yacht WINDFLOWER
ID WFL
Title Yacht WINDFLOWER
Abstract

The 45 foot yawl WINDFLOWER was designed by E.P. Hart and built in Emsworth in 1928. She was owned for eight years by Colonel Buckle, a West Mersea resident and a member of West Mersea Yacht Club. Sold ...

Source Mersea Museum

272

Article

East Mersea Tales - the Wilson family
ID WSN_TLS
Title East Mersea Tales - the Wilson family
Abstract For many years around the beginning of the 20th Century, the Wilson family spent a lot of time in East Mersea. They were from London, but they rented Myth Cottage at East Mersea and perhaps other cottages. Many of the family stayed in Mersea for long periods. The children were adventurous and the ...
Source Mersea Museum

273

Article

Winifred Mary Hone memoirs
ID WW01_001
Title Winifred Mary Hone memoirs
Abstract Winifred Mary Hone came down to the Essex Coast in 1916 when her parents took over the Kings Head at Tollesbury. Her husband G.R. 'Ronnie' Hone was in the Navy and she had two young children. In 1919, she heard that William Trim wanted to leave the Victory at West Mersea, so she cycled to Mersea to ...
Author Tony Millatt
Keywords zeb
Published March 2018
Source Mersea Museum

274

Article

Coming to Tollesbury - from Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_011
Title Coming to Tollesbury - from Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract My father Frederick Evelyn Cowles took over the tenancy of the Kings Head Tollesbury on 1916. I think I can say that they were the happiest days of his life, he loved the honesty of the locals with their forthright and carefree way of life. My father was a learned man and many were the letters ...
Author Winifred Hone
Keywords ww1
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

275

Article

Tollesbury people - Winifred Hone Memoirs
ID WW01_021
Title Tollesbury people - Winifred Hone Memoirs
Abstract

1917

The Hon. Kenneth Watson then O.C. Devon Regiment stationed at Salisbury, a very kindly and considerate man. His troops regarded him with great respect and affection, as so they should, although it does not always follow that kindness received is kindness returned. ...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

276

Article

First visit to Mersea Island - Winifred Hone Memoirs
ID WW01_031
Title First visit to Mersea Island - Winifred Hone Memoirs
Abstract A bright night, the sky full of stars, just the night for a raid. I was awakened by a banging on the door; this wasn't unusual as the Tollesbury policeman was very spy minded and had received permission to cover the attic window with black material leaving a hole in the middle for his spying ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

277

Article

Tollesbury, and taking the Victory - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_041
Title Tollesbury, and taking the Victory - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract We had almost given up the idea of taking a pub, the war coming to an end many people had the same idea and licences were very hard to get hold of. Quite casually, we heard about the Victory at West Mersea from a visiting Officer stationed at West Mersea. It seemed a carefree way of earning a ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

278

Article

1920 Mr Trim and the Victory Days - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_051
Title 1920 Mr Trim and the Victory Days - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract

Mr Trim used the Victory more as a home as he used to run a small farm and also let out mechanical machinery to farmers who could not afford their own. When we took over, we soon realised that it ...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

279

Article

Miss Teresa Buxton - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_061
Title Miss Teresa Buxton - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Miss Teresa Buxton used to stay here at the Victory often, she was a very talented artist, her outstanding pictures were water colours. She also had great faith in our Mersea spring water, which was situated on the coast road not far from the Victory. She used to take bottles of this water home ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

280

Article

Victory Days. D.O.R.A. - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_071
Title Victory Days. D.O.R.A. - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The first winter we were at the Victory we got into trouble under D.O.R.A. [ Defence of the Realm Act ]. The war had been over 4 months, my husband and his friends had been out shooting partridges, I got all carried away by the bag and suggested that I should cook them and they could have a late ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

281

Article

Cooking Victory Days - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_073
Title Cooking Victory Days - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract I didn't know much about cooking and for that matter some of the customers didn't either. In those days there was every luxury at hand but without the necessary equipment. Mersea was a good place to start the art of cooking as there was no competition. I like to think I helped put Mersea on the ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

282

Article

The Dance Hall - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_076
Title The Dance Hall - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract 1920. After four years of war, the most monstrous of man's illusions, it was only natural for those who had survived to look upon life with a light hearted and carefree abandon. Dancing was to take chief priority, old and young were learning the light fantastic steps of the Tango, Foxtrot, Turkey ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

283

Article

Victory Hotel January 1924 - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_078
Title Victory Hotel January 1924 - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The political world was in a great ferment of uncertainty; we decided to install a wireless, then almost in its infancy, so we converted a ladies toilet, one of two, at great expense into a different sort of receiving room for the introduction of this magic voice from outer space. A lot of people ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

284

Article

1920s onwards - more Victory Days. Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_081
Title 1920s onwards - more Victory Days. Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Bill and Cecil Barlow, now demobbed from the RAF, were the sons of the late Mr Lazarus Barlow who had owned the 50 ton schooner, the ROSENEATH, which used to anchor in the Quarters when they were in residence in their Mersea Home 'The Grove' facing the sea. Later, when The Grove was sold, Bill ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

285

Article

Arthur & Ruby Dale - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_111
Title Arthur & Ruby Dale - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Freddy Bird, Arthur Hempstead, Chaworth-Musters, B. Keenlyside, P. Musters, W. Tawnton, H. Summerville, May Maude Duprey

Sing songs were very pleasant to remember, we had quite a few customers who had nice baritone and base voices, it was never difficult to get together and enjoy ...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

286

Article

Debating Meetings at the Victory Hall - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_131
Title Debating Meetings at the Victory Hall - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Dumas, Chadwick, Hollick, Scringer, Grimwood

Debating meetings at the Victory Hall consisted of gaiety and wholesome nonsense mixed with sound common sense, attended by a mass of interested people, especially when the speaker was a well known personality. Most nights after dinner - a ...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

287

Article

Mock trial. Victory Bar - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_141
Title Mock trial. Victory Bar - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Still on the subject of making one's own recreations, Arthur Dale and my husband were about to compete in a Dabchicks race when an unexpected squall overturned the boat, which was named SHRIMP - an International dinghy and very lively in the heavy weather. They had no option but to swim ashore. A ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

288

Article

Sailing and Social Club 1930 - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_151
Title Sailing and Social Club 1930 - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Sir Travers Humphreys, the learned Judge, used to come to Mersea for a few deays before going on circuit. He had a good regard for the Went family, proprietors of the White Hart where he stayed. Sir Travers was a deep thinking man of very simple tastes, he gave the impression of a man attempting ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

289

Article

Rough Shooting. Sailing Club Late 1930 - Winifred Hone memoirs.
ID WW01_161
Title Rough Shooting. Sailing Club Late 1930 - Winifred Hone memoirs.
Abstract

Pastime

Rough shooting was a favourite pastime that many of the fishermen as well as visitors indulged in. Fred Pullen and Jack Lungley were locals who enjoyed the friendship and respect of many of the visiting wild fowlers. I am not sure that all they shot came ...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

290

Article

Mersea Sailing Club - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_165
Title Mersea Sailing Club - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The Mersea Sailing Club was founded in 1866 with Headquarters at The White Hart, then it was transferred to the houseboat EVANDRA, but it went into abeyance during the First World War. There were still several members of the original club living on the Island and it was decided to get it going ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

291

Article

Home Guard 1940 - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_171
Title Home Guard 1940 - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Many of the Mersea men ineligible for service in the forces joined the Peldon Home Guard. They had their headquarters at the Rose at Peldon, the popular landlord Ivan Pullen being the Officer in Charge of the platoon. The essence of comedy must hae been terrific when they did their training, square ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

292

Article

Mr Edward Paxman - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_181
Title Mr Edward Paxman - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract I had known Mr Edward Paxman, affectionately known as Ted, since he was at Cambridge in the 1920s. He came into his inheritance on the death of his father Mr James N. Paxman during the engineering depression. He was a young man who should have been enjoying a carefree life. Joyful and genial, he ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

293

Article

Edward Phillip Paxman - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_182
Title Edward Phillip Paxman - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The sudden death of E.P. Paxman at the early age of 48 was a serious loss to the engineering world and a sad blow to his many friends. It is not saying too much to describe it as a national disaster, for he was a man of dynamic energy and personality and a brilliant pioneer in diesel ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

294

Article

K.O.S.B. wartime. Caesar - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_191
Title K.O.S.B. wartime. Caesar - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The Kings Own Scottish Borderers were stationed here, they had a goose for their mascot named Caesar. The Regiment had no proof of her gender although at a much later date after the K.O.S.B. had departed for France it was established. Nobody could resist Caesar's charm, she liked titbits from the ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

295

Article

Old folk and children entertained - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_201
Title Old folk and children entertained - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Organised by Mrs Hone of the Sailing and Social Club, together with her daughters Mrs Garriock and Mrs Todhunter, and a very large band of willing helpers, one hundred old folk of West Mersea enjoyed a wonderful treat. In the beautifully decorated British Legion Hall they sat down on Friday to a ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

296

Article

Present day fishermen 1969 - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_211
Title Present day fishermen 1969 - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Rome was once saved by geese, but it is a still humbler creature that the Mersea fishermen look for each winter, Sprats and Herrings, but that didn't come up to expectations too frequently. Fishermen are dedicated to their vocation just as much as the Clergy are to the Church, which is usually ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published 1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

297

Article

Meditation 1969 - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_221
Title Meditation 1969 - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Maharishi Mahesh Yogi introduced his theory on the subject, you had to journey to India at great expense to indulge in this particular cult. Here on the Island there are considerable locations where with only the expenditure of time you can enjoy spiritual meditation. Cast your eye on an object ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published 1969
Source Mersea Museum

298

Article

Tollesbury - Archie White - 1918. Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_231
Title Tollesbury - Archie White - 1918. Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Archie White, who became quite famous with articles books and drawings later, I first met when he had sailed up Woodruffe Creek from Mersea with two friends, Cecil Woods and Donald Blythe, to attend Gooseberry Fair. This was a notable affair of long standing, something to be remembered, the sun ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

299

Article

Turner Postmaster - 1919. Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_241
Title Turner Postmaster - 1919. Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Mr Turner was the postmaster and his post office was in Yorick Road. He was a friendly man, when you went in for a stamp or to post a parcel he always found time for a nice friendly chat. One day I went to post a parcel and the door was locked. I just knocked and waited, I didn't even know that ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

300

Article

Harold Blind. Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_251
Title Harold Blind. Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Harold Blind was a colourful character, who came to Mersea after the First World War. He spent quite a time trying to improve his innonence [ enunciation ?] over an afflictive order, which he did with great difficulty as he suffered an impediment in his speech. Later he married a charming lady ...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
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