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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

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The Dad's Army of Mersea
ID CNS_005_025
Title The Dad's Army of Mersea
Abstract Peter Tucker of Norfolk Avenue was a member of the HOme Guard prior to his service in the RAF in 1942 at the tender age of 17. He tells the story of his time there.

May I as a former member of the LOCAL DEFENCE VOLUNTEERS, L.D.V. to give them their correct title, and later the Home ...

Author Peter Tucker
Published June 2006
Source Mersea Museum

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Article

Preserving Mersea's oldest roads
ID COR2_027
Title Preserving Mersea's oldest roads
Abstract It was heartening to read in Courier no. 666 of the Strood Charity's generous donation to Mersea Island Museum, towards the preservation and display of timbers from an ancient Bronze Age walkway. Discovered in the mud off Cooper's Beach by Oysterman, Daniel French, the surviving 4-metre section of ...
Author Sue Howlett
Published 11 November 2017
Source Mersea Museum

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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

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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

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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

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Article

Red Hills
ID DIS2012_RDH
Title Red Hills
Abstract Red Hills are low mounds, found near creeks and rivers, composed of soil burnt red in marked contrast to the clay on which they stand.

Over 300 red hill sites have been identified in Essex, but many have disappeared. However, they can still be found. There is one within a few yards of the ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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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

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Article

Zeppelin L33 at Little Wigborough.
ID DIS2016_ZEP
Title Zeppelin L33 at Little Wigborough.
Abstract Excitement came to the small village of Little Wigborough on the night of 24 September 1916, with the crash of the German Zeppelin airship L33. The airship had been on a bombing raid over London and was returning to Germany. She was, however, hit by gunfire over the East End and she then struggled ...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Those were the days. Tollesbury childhood memories.
ID DJG_BIO
Title Those were the days. Tollesbury childhood memories.
Abstract "THOSE WERE THE DAYS" - Reminiscences of childhood memories of over fifty years ago

I was born on the 25th January 1908 (Robert Burns Day) at the Hope Inn, Tollesbury, and when my mother died in somewhat tragic circumstances in 1910, I was taken to live with my grandparents, John and ...

Author Douglas Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Douglas Jack Gurton - an Autobiography
ID DJG_BIP
Title Douglas Jack Gurton - an Autobiography
Abstract I was born on the 25th. January, 1908 (Robert Burns' Day) at the Hope Inn, Tollesbury, Essex, where my parents were the licensees at that time. My father, Ezra Walter Gurton had taken over about a year previously much to the dismay of my mother, Eva Jane Alverstone Gurton, who disliked inns ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Crab and Winkle Express
ID DJG_CAW
Title Crab and Winkle Express
Abstract In 1902 after some few years of negotiations, a light single track railway was constructed for the Great Eastern from Kelvedon low level to Tollesbury, with intermediable stations and halts at Feering Halt, Inworth, Tiptree, Tolleshunt Knights, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Guines Court (Halt) and ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords railway
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Christmasses of Yesteryear
ID DJG_CMY
Title Christmasses of Yesteryear
Abstract The first Christmas I can recall was that of 1910, I was approaching my third birthday. My mother had died a few months previously, and I had been taken into the care of my grandparents, John and Emma Gurton, who lived in United Cottages of the then "Woodrope Road". John and Emma had had ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 December 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Public Transport - the Carriers
ID DJG_CRS
Title Public Transport - the Carriers
Abstract From earliest times, Tollesbury had a transport system, be it pack horse, horse drawn litter or horse drawn wagon. Geographically situated on the edge of marshland, with no through road, and placed midway between two important towns, Colchester and Maldon, it was due to the initiative and ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Brief history of the "Delft" Plate
ID DJG_DEL
Title Brief history of the "Delft" Plate
Abstract September 1944 found the Detachment of Civil Affairs, to which I had been assigned, halted at a small village Gavere near Ghent, Belgium. We had proceeded rapidly from Arromanches, Normandy. The enemy was falling back rapidly over the Rhine, possibly fearing being over run by the Russians from ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

The cruise of the "Dwyn Wen"
ID DJG_DWW
Title The cruise of the "Dwyn Wen"
Abstract Shortly after the Great War a Mr T.Belilios acquired a fine spoon bowed schooner yacht named "Dwyn Wen" 150 tons, which had been built at Beaumaris, Anglesey, and appropriately enough given a Welsh name which means "White Leader". Mr Belilios the new owner had business interests in Hong Kong ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

An Essex Wildfowler - John Gurton 1848-1916
ID DJG_EWF
Title An Essex Wildfowler - John Gurton 1848-1916
Abstract Hanging on the wall of the grand staircase in the Chelmsford and Essex Museum, Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, is a formidable 18th century four bore flint lock mud sledge or punt gun, reputed to have been owned and used at one time by John Gurton of Tollesbury, my grandfather, John was the second ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A History of Tollesbury
ID DJG_HIS
Title A History of Tollesbury
Abstract A HISTORY OF TOLLESBURY

"TOLESBIA ten et Almfrid de comite qd tenuit GUDMUND lib lit ho, uno manerio ....." so runs the beginning of one of two paragraphs concerning the Pariah of Tollesbury in the Hundred of "Tureatapla" or Thurstable, as recorded in Domesday Book 1068. Early ...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

The late Mr Kenneth Osborne
ID DJG_KEN
Title The late Mr Kenneth Osborne
Abstract His many friends including former passengers were stunned to learn on Friday the 17th September that Mr. Kenneth Osborne had suddenly passed away at Westminster Hospital where he had undergone an operation. "Ken" as he was affectionately known had for many years taken an active part in the ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Mechanisation in Tollesbury
ID DJG_MEC
Title Mechanisation in Tollesbury
Abstract Mechanisation came to Tollesbury in a big way in 1919, before this reliance had to be placed on horses, sails and man. Mr George Osborne was the pioneer so far as motive transport was concerned, with the first 'bus "The Alpha", closely followed by Mr Richard Collins with one of Moore Bros' ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 17 January 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Night Soil Collection
ID DJG_NSL
Title Night Soil Collection
Abstract We are very apt to take things for granted these days - I refer to the public utilities, water supplies, lighting, refuse collection, and by no means least of all, the disposal of sewage. In the mid-eighties there was no sewer in Tollesbury in Essex and the population in excess of 1,000 had ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 March 1978
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The ORARI plaque
ID DJG_NZS
Title The ORARI plaque
Abstract

The article below was written by Douglas Gurton in 1976. The Hope Inn, Tollesbury, closed in 2009. The plaque is now in The Kings Head, Tollesbury.

Hanging on the wall of the ...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 14 August 1976
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Old Time Yachts and Yachtsmen
ID DJG_OTY
Title Old Time Yachts and Yachtsmen
Abstract With the advent of Spring, longer days and occasional bursts of sunshine, the quaysides and hards will soon be hives of activity, with an influx at weekends of many small boat owners and their friends all making feverish attempts to remove the ravages of last season, and the winter weather, from ...
Author Douglas Jack Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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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

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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

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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
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