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

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

102

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

103

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

104

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

105

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

106

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
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107

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

108

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

109

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

110

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

111

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

112

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

113

Article

Memory Lane - Underwoods Garage
ID ML2015_010_L59
Title Memory Lane - Underwoods Garage
Abstract

Underwoods Garage in Kingsland Road closed on the 1st October 2015. It was built in the 1930s when Philip Underwood moved his business from East Mersea.

The first photograph ...
Source Mersea Museum

114

Article

Memory Lane - Underwoods Coaches
ID ML2015_011_L66
Title Memory Lane - Underwoods Coaches
Abstract Following on with Underwoods story, we have two pictures taken during a White Hart Darts Club outing to Felixstowe - or Gt Yarmouth with an Underwoods coach. The pictures come courtesy of Jenny Gibbons who appears on both images.

Author Ron Green
Published November 2015
Source Mersea Museum

115

Article

Linda receives her MBE from Prince Charles
ID ML2016_001_L11_001
Title Linda receives her MBE from Prince Charles
Abstract On Friday, 18 December, Mrs Linda Bullen of the Catherine Bullen Foundation based in West Mersea, attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace with her family to receive an MBE from His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

The citation read 'Co-founder, the ...

Published January 2016
Source Mersea Museum

116

Article

White Hart Darts Club coach trip
ID ML2016_001_L12_001
Title White Hart Darts Club coach trip
Abstract We have had a lot of feedback from the image published in November's edition of Mersea Life showing the happy group of Mersea Locals on a trip with the White Hart darts team by Underwoods coach. We have been asked if we can print a larger picture - so here it is.

Author Ron Green
Published January 2016
Source Mersea Museum

117

Article

Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1961
ID ML2016_002_L17_001
Title Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1961
Abstract For this month we have another group that went for an outing in an Underwoods Coach.

This group from the Union Church (Now the Free Church) are pictured at Wannock Gardens, Polegate, Sussex in 1961 ...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2016
Source Mersea Museum

118

Article

Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1960s
ID ML2016_003_L83_001
Title Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1960s
Abstract We have had a nice lot of feedback after last month's photo of the Union Church outing to Wannock Gardens, so here's another one, but we are not sure who organised this one . We don't have the date but it is in the 1960s. Again, it shows many of the old locals that are fondly remembered by us still ...
Author Ron Green
Published March 2016
Source Mersea Museum

119

Article

Memory Lane - the Home Guard
ID ML2016_004_L93_001
Title Memory Lane - the Home Guard
Abstract

I recently went to the cinema in Colchester, my first visit to the Odeon since it moved from Crouch Street. I went to see the film 'Dad's Army' because I always think the TV series is the funniest programme ever to come on television. Its a good film, but there will never be ...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2016
Source Mersea Museum

120

Article

Memory Lane - Peldon Home Guard
ID ML2016_005_L24
Title Memory Lane - Peldon Home Guard
Abstract We continue the Home Guard theme from last month, with the Peldon Home Guard, photographed outside the Peldon Rose.

Back Row 1. Edgar Reynolds, 2. Vic Sheldrake L/Cpl, 3. Will Nicholas, 4. ...

Author Ron Green
Published May 2016
Source Mersea Museum

121

Article

Memory Lane - buses in the ditch
ID ML2016_007_L19
Title Memory Lane - buses in the ditch
Abstract On the 29th April last, a double decker operated by First Bus Company ended up in the ditch opposite Bonners on the Mersea Road. This is not the first time this has happened and we show two pictures of an earlier accident. In very windy weather with a South West wind the vehicles often catch a gust ...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2016
Source Mersea Museum

122

Article

Memory Lane - Mersea bands
ID ML2016_008_L81
Title Memory Lane - Mersea bands
Abstract On Saturday 6th July, Wendy and I went along to Fen Farm, East Mersea to a Concert given by the Colchester Community Band themed 'Colchester Community Band goes pop'. The concert was in Ralph's tractor shed a fine new building built by Ralph Lord to house his fine collection of vintage tractors. ...
Published August 2016
Source Mersea Museum

123

Article

Memory Lane - High Street shops
ID ML2016_009_L81
Title Memory Lane - High Street shops
Abstract There has been a good deal of interest in High Street with the demolition Marfleet Lettings building and the erection of a new building in its place. The old timber framed building dated from the early 1930s and, as far as can be remembered, started life as Mr Charles Bloomfield's sweet shop. During ...
Author Ron Green, Tony Millatt, Brian Jay
Published September 2016
Source Mersea Museum

124

Article

Memory Lane - Hadley's shops in Mill Road
ID ML2016_010_L83_001
Title Memory Lane - Hadley's shops in Mill Road
Abstract There has been considerable feedback on last month's item about shops in High Street. Memories of Hadley's shops in Mill Road have also appeared on social media.

The shop best remembered as ...

Author Ron Green, Brian Jay and Tony Millatt
Published October 2016
Source Mersea Museum

125

Article

100 Years Ago. Moss Cottage wedding
ID ML2016_010_L83_002
Title 100 Years Ago. Moss Cottage wedding
Abstract This happy wedding group are pictured outside Moss Cottage, Queens Corner just over 100 years ago, on September 29th 1916. Tragically both the bridgegroom Archibold Percy Green, the Best Man Henry Pullen and one other of the wedding guests were to lose their lives when their ship RFA INDUSTRY was ...
Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Published October 2016
Source Mersea Museum

126

Article

East Mersea road blocked
ID ML2016_011_L85
Title East Mersea road blocked
Abstract

A piece of World War 2 shrapnel recently landed back on Mersea - in the Museum letterbox. It came from John Simons, whose family came to live with relatives in East Mersea to escape the bombs coming down around the Chatham Dockyard in Kent. The shrapnel had originally arrived in ...

Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Published November 2016
Source Mersea Museum

127

Article

Mersea Life - the 'Old' Fountain
ID ML2017_002_L21
Title Mersea Life - the 'Old' Fountain
Abstract

Our local scene this month comes from a very faded postcard given to me many years ago by Mrs Ivy 'Doll' Cook née Green. The scene is the 'old' Fountain in East Road c 1908 when the inn keeper was ...
Source Mersea Museum

128

Article

Memory Lane - Peggy Calver, teacher at West Mersea School
ID ML2017_003_L81_001
Title Memory Lane - Peggy Calver, teacher at West Mersea School
Abstract

Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Brunt née Calver passed away in Boston Butterfly Hospice on Saturday 11th February - her daughter's birthday. She was a teacher at West Mersea School during the war. Ron ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

129

Article

Memory Lane - the Victory at the bottom of The Lane.
ID ML2017_004_L85
Title Memory Lane - the Victory at the bottom of The Lane.
Abstract

Our Museum is getting a constant flow of interesting old pictures etc. Out of the blue, Chris Burrows from Whitstable has emailed this fine image of the 'old' Victory. Comparing it with a postcard of ...

Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

130

Article

Memory Lane - when we nearly lost the NUTSHELL- and LITTLE TIMBERS
ID ML2017_005_L22
Title Memory Lane - when we nearly lost the NUTSHELL- and LITTLE TIMBERS
Abstract From a newspaper cutting dated 4 November 1971 shown recently to the museum comes this report - The Nutshell - a five hundred year old smuggler's cottage owned by a baroness in Malta, stands in the way of road improvements for the well-known yachting centre.

Three members of the Highways ...

Published May 2017
Source Mersea Museum

131

Article

A Sailor in a Barrow
ID ML2017_006_L22
Title A Sailor in a Barrow
Abstract

MEMORY LANE From Ron Green and Tony Millatt - Mersea Island Museum.

In our May item for Mersea Life, we referred to an old newspaper cutting concerning The Nutshell and Little Timbers in The Lane. In another cutting, dating from 1906, we find an interesting tale concerning ...

Author Ron Green
Published June 2017
Source Mersea Museum

132

Article

Restoration of PRISCILLA
ID ML2017_008_L76
Title Restoration of PRISCILLA
Abstract A Mersea fishing smack has been brought back to life by The Pioneer Sailing Trust based at Harker's Yard, Brightlingsea, after a four year restoration with the aid of a grant of £790,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. PRISCILLA was found abandoned in a boatyard in Bristol and the yard ...
Published August 2017
Source Mersea Museum

133

Article

Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 1
ID ML2017_010_L22
Title Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 1
Abstract By Ron Green with Tony Millatt and Brian Jay Mersea Island Museum

Recently, a lady visitor to Mersea noticed while walking along the Monkey beach, an ornamental metal gate in the wall of New Orleans garden. She wanted to find out about the old house Orleans which stood in the grounds ...

Author Ron Green
Published October 2017
Source Mersea Museum

134

Article

Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 2
ID ML2017_011_L32
Title Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 2
Abstract By Ron Green with Tony Millatt and Brian Jay Mersea Island Museum

We continue the history of Orleans, the large house by the Monkey Beach in West Mersea.

At the end of the 19th Century, Orleans belonged to Thomas Gilbert a wealthy gentleman who was a JP, Churchwarden, Captain of ...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2017
Source Mersea Museum

135

Article

Memory Lane - rising tides ?
ID ML2018_001_L21
Title Memory Lane - rising tides ?
Abstract

We are often led to believe that the tides cover the Strood more often than they used to and are getting bigger. I think the ever increasing amount of traffic could give that impression. The ...

Source Mersea Museum

136

Article

Memory Lane - One hundred years of bus service to Peldon Village.
ID ML2018_002_L19
Title Memory Lane - One hundred years of bus service to Peldon Village.
Abstract Peldon village has enjoyed a bus service now for over one hundred years. The changes being made by First Bus from February 18th will reduce that service to evenings and Sundays only. Those services continue under contract with Essex County Council and are not affected. The earliest motor bus to ...
Published February 2018
Source Mersea Museum

137

Article

Memory Lane - widening the Strood
ID ML2018_003_L19
Title Memory Lane - widening the Strood
Abstract The appalling state of the Strood railings is causing a great deal of concern at the moment and doesn't give a good impression to visitors coming on to the island. We have selected two pictures from our museum archive to show work in progress when the Strood was widened and the fencing was improved ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

138

Article

Memory Lane - the Victory in the 1920s
ID ML2018_004_L19
Title Memory Lane - the Victory in the 1920s
Abstract Winifred and Ronnie Hone took over the Victory in 1919 and were there through the 1920s. They then moved on to start the Sailing and Social Club further down Coast Road - it is now the Coast Inn. Later in life, Winifred Hone wrote about the days at the Victory and the customers, and we are fortunate ...
Source Mersea Museum

139

Article

Memory Lane - Seaview Avenue
ID ML2018_006_L20
Title Memory Lane - Seaview Avenue
Abstract Having recently moved out of Seaview Avenue after some thirty six years, I have decided to take a peek at the avenue as it was around 1911 through the camera of William Hammond of Gt. Totham. Hammond produced some very good postcards at that time and I have chosen three which give a good insight ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

140

Article

Mersea Life - an ideal world ?
ID ML2018_007_L20
Title Mersea Life - an ideal world ?
Abstract I have no intention of standing for a seat on a local council, but if I did, and reading the letters that appear in local publications and notices on social media, my leaflet would have to go something like this. I would like to see all further development on Mersea stopped apart from some ...
Source Mersea Museum

141

Article

Memory Lane - deliveries by cart
ID ML2018_008_L21
Title Memory Lane - deliveries by cart
Abstract

Clifford White coal cart

Hector Farthing and Clifford White's coal cart

Following on from last month's article where I ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Clifford White Undertakers
ID ML2018_009_L21
Title Memory Lane - Clifford White Undertakers
Abstract In the last issue, I mentioned Clifford White's horse drawn hearse. Although it was last used before the War, when I started work for Clifford in 1946 it was still tucked away in the little garage by the plumber's shop. I had always hoped that it had been sold and was still in use somewhere. My ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

143

Article

Memory Lane - school teachers
ID ML2018_010_L21
Title Memory Lane - school teachers
Abstract The museum recently had a visit from Anne Lee and her husband from New Zealand. The visit was arranged by Peldon historian Elaine Barker who is looking into the history of Kemps Farm, where Anne, a member of the Wooldridge family, grew up. During the conversation Anne spoke of her Aunt Dora ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

144

Article

Cudmore Grove
ID ML2018_012_L20
Title Cudmore Grove
Abstract I am often asked how Cudmore Grove got it's name. My first knowledge of this area is from the 1930s and of warm summer evenings when my family would visit Auntie Nellie and her family in East Mersea for tea. After tea we would set off for a walk which usually took us to The Bowling Green, a flat ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

145

Article

Memory Lane - the barge JOY and her boat
ID ML2019_002_L20
Title Memory Lane - the barge JOY and her boat
Abstract

The first picture is from the archives of the Society for Sailing Barge Research and shows the barge JOY at Saltcote Wharf, Heybridge. The photo is from 1956 and shows the barge after her conversion to a ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - builder's boy on a bike
ID ML2019_003_L22
Title Memory Lane - builder's boy on a bike
Abstract On leaving school in 1946 I went to Clifford White and Co (Builders) to start an apprenticeship. The war had just ended and men were returning and coming back to their old jobs. There were shortages of everything and rationing was still very much with us. If a local pub got a delivery of beer the ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

147

Article

The White Family of shopkeepers
ID ML2019_005_019
Title The White Family of shopkeepers
Abstract

The first shop on the Island, opposite 'Top Chapel' in Mill Road. Photo from Tony Saye

William White came to West Mersea from Dedham in the 1840s. He is recorded in the ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

148

Article

Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
ID MMH_CED
Title Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
Abstract Though the church is the latest to be built on the Island, its roots go back to the very beginnings of the Island's Christian heritage.
Christianity reached Essex through St. Cedd, a monk, who landed at Bradwell in AD653, at the invitation of the local King. From there Cedd proceeded with ...
Source Mersea Museum

149

Article

Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
ID MMH_CGU
Title Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
Abstract West Mersea Free Church, Mill Road
Formerly Union Church, (Congregational & Baptist).

It was in the year of the battle of Trafalgar that a local landowner and oyster merchant, Mr Bennett ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
ID MMH_EMP
Title East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Abstract

From seawards, the gaunt square tower of St. Edmunds stands stark above the East Mersea skyline, a dominant and trusty seafarers' landmark. But perhaps the best way to introduce ...

Source Mersea Museum
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