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

Memory Lane - Mersea shops
ID ML2019_004_090
Title Memory Lane - Mersea shops
Abstract Following on from my last month's visit to Mersea shops in the 1940s which gained quite a few favourable comments, I thought I would look at a few more.

I mentioned Katie White's little shop on Queen's Corner which sold a wide range of sweets, toys and other goodies. Katie was a little old ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

152

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

153

Article

The Clifford White & Co Empire
ID ML2019_006_022
Title The Clifford White & Co Empire
Abstract Memory Lane The Clifford White & Co Empire

In the May issue I mentioned Samuel White's son Clifford Manning White who was a prominent businessman on Mersea Island. He started his building business early in the 20th century and in the 1911 census for West Mersea he is listed as a Builder ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

154

Article

Women's Institute Halls
ID ML2019_008_022
Title Women's Institute Halls
Abstract Two Ladies recently called in to the Museum asking what we had on the early days of West Mersea Women's Institute. Something they said was of special interest to me as they believed the present headquarters in Kingsland Road was put up by the army in 1939. I knew it wasn't put up until after the War ...
Author Ron Green
Published August 2019
Source Mersea Museum

155

Article

The road to Colchester
ID ML2019_010_022
Title The road to Colchester
Abstract

We have for this month's subject three old postcards showing the Mersea to Colchester Road passing through Abberton. The first postcard dates from before the First World War and shows the old ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

156

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

157

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

158

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

159

Article

Assembly Hall, East Road
ID MMH_MAH
Title Assembly Hall, East Road
Abstract

Situated in East Road on the corner of Seaview Avenue is the Assembly Hall, an attractive boarded and tiled building opened in 1910 when Mersea Island was discovered and thought to be a desirable ...

Source Mersea Museum

160

Article

Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
ID MMH_MET
Title Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
Abstract

The Wesleyan Chapel in Mill Road, West Mersea. It is now known as the Methodist Church.

Wesleyan Methodism began here, as far as can be traced, in 1832. At that time a Welsh ...

Author William Chatters
Source Mersea Museum

161

Article

Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
ID MMH_MTG
Title Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
Abstract

Travelling eastwards along the road from West to East Mersea you see a turning to the left named "Meeting Lane"; if you go down the lane you will not now find any clues as to where meetings were held ...

Source Mersea Museum

162

Article

Old City Hall in The Lane
ID MMH_OCH
Title Old City Hall in The Lane
Abstract

Many people walking down The Lane have been surprised to see a little mission hall tucked in among the houses in the oldest part of the island. They wonder at the name, "Old City Hall", a somewhat grandiose name for such a small hall; however, the name is more apt than it at ...

Source Mersea Museum

163

Article

West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
ID MMH_WMP
Title West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
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 out of the remains of the Roman fort of Othona, and from there he evangelised Essex, the kingdom of the East Saxons. It is ...
Source Mersea Museum

164

Article

The loss of HMS RAWALPINDI 23 November 1939
ID OOD_002
Title The loss of HMS RAWALPINDI 23 November 1939
Abstract Three local men were amongst the crew - Hector Ingate, Wilfred Frank Pettican and Anthony Driffield Seabrook

P&O liner RAWALPINDI

HMS RAWALPINDI was a P&O ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

165

Article

Hector Ingate - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI
ID OOD_003
Title Hector Ingate - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI
Abstract

Hector Ingate

INGATE Hector. Seaman: Royal Naval Reserve: H.M.S. Rawalpindi: Age: 39 Date of Death: 23/11/1939: Service No: C/6075D. He had lost 3 brothers in World War ...
Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

166

Article

Wilfred Frank Pettican - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI.
ID OOD_004
Title Wilfred Frank Pettican - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI.
Abstract PETTICAN Wilfred Frank Seaman: Royal Naval Reserve: H.M.S. RAWALPINDIi: Date of Death: 23/11/1939: Service No: C/6072D

The 1911 Census shows Wilfred Frank Pettican was born in 1905. Frank as he was known had been an engineer on yachts. Both Hector Ingate & Wilfred Pettican were keen ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

167

Article

Anthony Driffield Seabrook - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI
ID OOD_005
Title Anthony Driffield Seabrook - lost on HMS RAWALPINDI
Abstract

Anthony Driffield Seabrook

SEABROOK Anthony Driffield. Acting Sub Lieutenant: Royal Naval Reserve: H.M.S. Rawalpindi: Age: 21: Date of Death: 23/11/1939. He ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

168

Article

Charles Henry South - lost when SS MEREL was mined
ID OOD_006
Title Charles Henry South - lost when SS MEREL was mined
Abstract THE SINKING OF S. S. MEREL 8 December 1939

SOUTH, Charles Henry. Boatswain, S.S. Merel (London), Merchant Navy. 8 December 1939: Age 58.

Husband of Charlotte South, of Tollesbury, Essex. The 1901 census shows Charles Henry South aged 19 Essex born & living at Tollesbury working ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

169

Article

Sidney George Mallett - died when GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
ID OOD_015
Title Sidney George Mallett - died when GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
Abstract

MALLETT, SIDNEY GEORGE

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Master

Merchant Navy : M.V. GOLDEN GRAIN (Harwich)
Age: 60
Date of Death: 19 August ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

170

Article

John Charles Farthing - died when MV GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
ID OOD_016
Title John Charles Farthing - died when MV GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
Abstract

Farthing, John Charles

Engineer Officer on the MV GOLDEN GRAIN (Harwich), Merchant Navy
Died 19 August 1941. Age 52.

John is shown in the 1901 ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

171

Article

Alfred Edmund Keeble - died when GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
ID OOD_017
Title Alfred Edmund Keeble - died when GOLDEN GRAIN was lost
Abstract

Keeble Alfred Edmund

The Mate on the MV GOLDEN GRAIN (Harwich), Merchant Navy
Died 19 August 1941. Age 40.

Son of Alfred and Lilian Keeble; ...

Source Mersea Museum

172

Article

Walter Heap - lost on HMS QUORN
ID OOD_034
Title Walter Heap - lost on HMS QUORN
Abstract THE LOSS OF HMS QUORN

HMS QUORN

HEAP Walter: Petty Officer Stoker Royal Navy: H.M.S. Quorn: Age: ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

173

Article

Bernard Harry Harrington
ID OOD_113
Title Bernard Harry Harrington
Abstract

HARRINGTON, BERNARD HARRY
Nationality: United Kingdom
Rank: Gunner
Regiment: Royal Artillery ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

174

Article

John Hodson
ID OOD_114
Title John Hodson
Abstract

John Hodson: Signalman 4 L. of C., Royal Corps of Signals
Lost in the SS SCILLIN 14 November 1942 Age 27.
Service Number 2592549

John was son of Thomas and May ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

175

Article

George Alfred Taylor, Royal Armoured Corps
ID OOD_118
Title George Alfred Taylor, Royal Armoured Corps
Abstract

George Alfred Taylor
Lance Serjeant; "A" Squadron., 24th Lancers. Royal Armoured Corps
Age 24
Date of Death 8 June 1944
Service Number, 319743

Author Edwin Sarrow
Source Mersea Museum

176

Article

Alexander Erskine Hope - died 2 October 1944
ID OOD_120
Title Alexander Erskine Hope - died 2 October 1944
Abstract

Alexander Erskine Hope
Lieutenant Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment: "B" Company, 9th Battalion.: ...
Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

177

Article

John Scales Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
ID OOD_209
Title John Scales Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Abstract

John Scales
Flying Officer (Pilot): Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve: 466 (R.A.A.F.) Squadron
Date of ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

178

Article

Life in Minesweepers WW2.
ID PBIB_WWM
Title Life in Minesweepers WW2.
Abstract William James Wilkinson 1906 - 1997.

Life in Minesweepers - World War 2.

All dates will be approximate if used as no-one was supposed to keep a diary.
I cannot remember when I had notice to report to Romford for a Medical to be called up for a service to the Nation bu ...

Author William James Wilkinson
Published c1994
Source Mersea Museum / Suzanne Wilkinson

179

Article

Peldon Archaeology
ID PH01_ACY
Title Peldon Archaeology
Abstract

Neolithic Thames Pick

Mill Cottage, Peldon, stands on the road leading to the Strood causeway linking Mersea to the mainland. It stands adjacent to Mill House, which in turn, stood next to Wents Mill, and both houses still stand although the mill itself was de ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published October 2019
Source Mersea Museum

180

Article

Peldon Art Group celebrates 50 years
ID PH01_AGP
Title Peldon Art Group celebrates 50 years
Abstract PELDON ART GROUP CELEBRATES FIFTY YEARS!

2019 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the Peldon Art Group which meets in the new Peldon and Wigboroughs Community Hall on a Thursday evening.

Founded in ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

181

Article

The Foresters of Mersea and Peldon
ID PH01_AOF
Title The Foresters of Mersea and Peldon
Abstract Ancient Order of Foresters: Court 5105

According to A History of Court Sailors' Home, West Mersea 1867 -1967 by Sybil Brand, The 'Court Sailors' Home', West Mersea, was founded on 4th S ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published 18 June 2019
Source Mersea Museum

182

Article

Auxiliary Units in WW2
ID PH01_AUX
Title Auxiliary Units in WW2
Abstract Auxiliary Units in WW2

During World War Two, with the fall of France to the Nazis on 22nd June 1940, a German invasion of Britain was expected daily and the East coast was deemed to be particularly vulnerable.

The German plan for the invasion of Great Britain was code-named ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

183

Article

Peldon People - The Coans
ID PH01_COA
Title Peldon People - The Coans
Abstract Local farmers, brothers Colin and Eric Coan, were both born in Peldon, in 1941 and 1942 respectively. Their parents were Reginald Victor Walter Coan who was born in Walthamstow in 1908 and Evelyn Rose Gladwell of the Gladwell family from Peldon.

The Coan Family

On the Co ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

184

Article

Comyn's Charity
ID PH01_COM
Title Comyn's Charity
Abstract In a book held in the Essex Records Office, Some Record of the Parish Of Peldon Rev C R Harrison 1867 D/P287/28/6 the vicar of St Mary's Church, Peldon, the Reverend Harrison (Rector from 1855 - 1867), laments

'I have not been able to discover any early Parochial Records. Th ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2018
Source Mersea Museum

185

Article

Captain Swing Peldon Wages Riot
ID PH01_CSW
Title Captain Swing Peldon Wages Riot
Abstract

CAPTAIN SWING - PELDON'S WAGES' RIOT

Agricultural Disturbances 1816 - 1836

Captain Swing was the name given to the mythical leader of agricultural labourers in their attempts to force their employers to give them a living wage. The Swing riots were in the ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

186

Article

A Farmworker in Fingringhoe in 1944
ID PH01_DAL
Title A Farmworker in Fingringhoe in 1944
Abstract A FARMWORKER IN FINGRINGHOE IN 1944 by Daphne Allen

Having left school aged 16, all I wanted to do was work on a farm, and my parents - I was the youngest of four girls - always encouraged us to do what we wanted to. So I started work at Fingringhoe Hall. Col. and Mrs. Furneaux lived at ...

Author Daphne Allen
Source Mersea Museum

187

Article

Dora Banfield - The Land Girl's Story
ID PH01_DBF
Title Dora Banfield - The Land Girl's Story
Abstract

THE LAND GIRL'S STORY

My Time In The Land Army by Dora Banfield

I joined the Land Army in 1941, my two brothers, Geoffrey and Stephen being away on war work. I was called home to Kemps Farm, in Peldon, to help my father. He had retired for a quiet life on a small ...

Author Elaine Barker
Keywords wla
Source Mersea Museum

188

Article

A Peldon Smuggler - Daniel Rich
ID PH01_DRH
Title A Peldon Smuggler - Daniel Rich
Abstract Tales of smuggling in Peldon always centre on the pond by the Peldon Rose where the story of a shaft down which casks were dropped and hidden, defying discovery by the Revenue men, has been retold many times.

The story told by Jane Pullen, landlady of The Peldon Rose between 1881 and ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2018
Source Mersea Museum

189

Article

Ernest Frederick Gladwell 1890 - 1915
ID PH01_EFG
Title Ernest Frederick Gladwell 1890 - 1915
Abstract There's an entry in the Parish Register of Burials for St Mary's, Peldon, recording the burial on 15th September 1915 of a young man of 26, Ernest Frederick Gladwell. In the margin of the register the minister had written

Killed by bomb from Zeppelin in the Docks in ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published August 2018
Source Mersea Museum

190

Article

Peldon and the Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884
ID PH01_EQK
Title Peldon and the Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884
Abstract The Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884

Much has been written on the Great Colchester Earthquake which happened at 9.18 on the morning of 22nd April 1884 centred on the villages of Abberton, Peldon and Wivenhoe but felt much further afield. We continue to be fascinated by those early ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

191

Article

Peldon People - Ernie Richardson
ID PH01_ERC
Title Peldon People - Ernie Richardson
Abstract A well-known local eccentric, Ernie Richardson, lived on a boat along from Strood Villa, also known as Pyefleet House. He lived by the sea wall, over the road from Bonners Barn, on a flat-bottomed boat barely 3 foot deep. Russell Martin, the farmer at Moor Farm nearby, said the boat only needed ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published November 2018
Source Mersea Museum

192

Article

The Fenns of Lower Road
ID PH01_FEN
Title The Fenns of Lower Road
Abstract If you looked west to east along the left hand side of Lower Road 100 years ago, the buildings then standing would have been Spring Cottage, (nursery and Post Office), the Methodist Chapel next door then an open field until The Plough Inn. Part of the field became known as 'Garden Field' and was ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

193

Article

Peldon - the 1953 Flood
ID PH01_FLD
Title Peldon - the 1953 Flood
Abstract

For hundreds of years there has been an ongoing battle trying to defend the Essex coastal marshlands against inundation by high tides. Although we focus on the 1953 floods, being within living memory, they were preceded by previous inundations notably, in the last hundred ...

Author Elaine Barker
Keywords BERNARD
Published 5 March 2018
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project

194

Article

The Mallett Family; Sailors and Shopkeeper.
ID PH01_FLX
Title The Mallett Family; Sailors and Shopkeeper.
Abstract This month we are happy to congratulate Horace Mallet of 1, Council Houses, Mersea Road, Peldon, who will be 90 years old on 6th March - born 1884; still going strong. His father William was a sailor, but when he married, he returned to the dry land and took to thatching and other rural ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published October 2018
Source Mersea Museum

195

Article

Peldon People - Golden and Charlie Simpson
ID PH01_GCS
Title Peldon People - Golden and Charlie Simpson
Abstract Golden (1863 - 1939) and Charles Simpson (1870 - 1947) were names well-known to Peldon and Mersea folk at the end of the nineteenth century and the first few decades of the twentieth. Brothers, they were born and bred in Peldon, their father, Charles, a General dealer. Golden became a bricklayer ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

196

Article

Peldon People: The Miller Family
ID PH01_GML
Title Peldon People: The Miller Family
Abstract

Window in Peldon Church in memory of Peter Miller

The inscription at the bottom reads "In memory of Peter John Miller 1924-1998. A life of dedicated service to this parish.". ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published May 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Geoffrey Maurice Wooldridge 1909 - 1976
ID PH01_GMW
Title Geoffrey Maurice Wooldridge 1909 - 1976
Abstract Geoff was born in Kent on 31 July 1909, the second child of Elizabeth (Bessie) and Maurice Wooldridge. His sisters Aline, Eva and Dora were also born in Kent. During the first world war, his mother became nervous about the fighting in France and the family moved first to Hertfordshire, where his ...
Author Anne Lee
Source Mersea Museum

198

Article

Peldon Post Offices
ID PH01_GPO
Title Peldon Post Offices
Abstract

Although Peldon no longer has a Post Office, the last one closing down in 2002 when the Village Shop closed, it has had a number of Post Offices; in the bakery, residential houses, attached to garden nurseries, and even in the Village Hall.

The first penny postage stamp ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

George Scales - Farmer
ID PH01_GSC
Title George Scales - Farmer
Abstract GEORGE SCALES
Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella

Early days
George Scales was born in 1921. The family moved from London to a farm near Vange, Essex, funded by George's grandfather E.H. Scales, a New Zealander who was unorthodox, independent-minded and succe ...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon and The Boer War - Herbert Augustine Christopher Harrison
ID PH01_HAR
Title Peldon and The Boer War - Herbert Augustine Christopher Harrison
Abstract Llanelwedd, Radnorshire is a long way from Peldon and yet there is a connection between the two villages spanning close to 140 years. Walk into the church of St Matthew, Llanelwedd, and you come across a brass plaque commemorating a young twenty-four year old man, Herbert Augustine Christopher ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum
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