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 291 files  - displaying 201 to 250

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Article

Pyefleet House, Strood Close, Strood Villa
ID PH01_PFH
Title Pyefleet House, Strood Close, Strood Villa
Abstract

PYEFLEET HOUSE
Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella

The building
Pyefleet House is the last-but-one house on the Strood before Mersea Island. Over the years it has also been named 'Strood Villa', 'Strood Close' and 'The Vicarage, Peldon.' At the t ...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project

202

Article

Peldon Hall Cottage
ID PH01_PHC
Title Peldon Hall Cottage
Abstract In 1965 when Chris and Archie Moore bought Pink Cottage, subsequently called Peldon Hall Cottage, the village hall next door (the old 1833 school building) was being demolished. Ever resourceful, Archie bought 1000 bricks for £10 and used them to build their extension at home! There was also ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

203

Article

Peldon Chapel
ID PH01_PMC
Title Peldon Chapel
Abstract

The congregation outside Peldon Chapel around 1945.
Photo: Pat Wyncoll (the little boy in the foreground)

Peldon Chapel was built on the North side of Lower Road, Peldon ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project

204

Article

The Mills and Millers of Peldon
ID PH01_PML
Title The Mills and Millers of Peldon
Abstract Peldon Mill, also known as Went's Mill, was a windmill situated on the north side of Mill House, east of the Colchester Road and immediately south of the junction by The Peldon Rose. It appears on the 1777 Chapman and Andre map and the Ordnance Survey one inch map of 1805 named as 'Strode Mill' and ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published June 2018
Source Mersea Museum

205

Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News Introduction
ID PH01_PNN
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News Introduction
Abstract PELDON 1931 - 1948 Essex County Standard Neighbourhood News.

Introduction I have a book of newspaper clippings (from the Essex County Standard neighbourhood news) concerning Peldon from 1931 - 1948 passed on to Mike Watson by Pat Wyncoll. Pat's parents, Arthur and Mrs Wyncoll ne ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

206

Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News 1931-1939
ID PH01_PNN_1931
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1931-1939
Abstract

Chapter 1 Pre - World War II 1931 - 1939

Church and chapel Entries show a village with its Church of England, St Mary the Virgin, on Church Road and the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel sited on Lower Road (where Chapelfield is now situated) at the heart of village life. Bo ...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords gowan
Source Mersea Museum

207

Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News 1939-1945
ID PH01_PNN_1939
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1939-1945
Abstract Chapter 2 Peldon during World War 2 1939-1945

Surprisingly, such a momentous occasion as Neville Chamberlain's broadcast to the nation concerning the declaration of war with Germany on 3rd September 1939 is not commented on in the neighbourhood column for Peldon but it's clear that ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

208

Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News 1945 - 1948
ID PH01_PNN_1945
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1945 - 1948
Abstract Chapter 3 Peldon after the War 1945 - 1948

The Aftermath

To celebrate VE DAY there is a large congregation at St Mary's when a service of thanksgiving is held and on the following evening community singing and games in the village hall with 'outdoor illuminations'. Es ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

209

Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News - Appendix 1
ID PH01_PNN_APP1
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News - Appendix 1
Abstract Appendix 1 Peldon People

PELDON PEOPLE - GEORGE SMALLWOOD

Born in Orpington, Kent, George first appears in Peldon in the 1891 census when he is described as a baker and lives in the Bake House near the School House. From the obituary below it would seem he came to Peldon about 18 ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

210

Article

The Pullens of The Peldon Rose
ID PH01_RSE
Title The Pullens of The Peldon Rose
Abstract The Peldon Rose is an ancient inn that has stood for centuries on the corner just before you reach the Strood, the causeway leading to Mersea Island. It is a much altered and added to 15th century house, timber framed and plastered, with a red plain tile roof. Turn off the main road by its pond, and ...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords rennie
Published May 2018
Source Mersea Museum

211

Article

Bernard Ratcliffe of Little Wigborough
ID PH01_RTC
Title Bernard Ratcliffe of Little Wigborough
Abstract In almost all the pictures of L33, the Zeppelin that came down at Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough in 1916, there is a pair of little farm cottages, barely 20 yards from the wreckage, dwarfed by the 645 feet long skeleton which straddled the road. This is New Hall Cottages and Bernard Ratcliffe has ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2018
Source Mersea Museum

212

Article

The Peldon Rectory
ID PH01_RTY
Title The Peldon Rectory
Abstract Today, the old Victorian Rectory on Church Road, in the heart of the village, houses young adults for Autism Anglia. With new houses built in front of the stately red brick building on what was once a fine garden with lawns and specimen trees, the building is no longer visible from the road. ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

213

Article

Peldon School
ID PH01_SCH
Title Peldon School
Abstract Although we have no school in Peldon now, and younger children usually go to West Mersea or Langenhoe while older children attend Thurstable, Stanway or Thomas Lord Audley, Peldon did have its own Church Of England school for over a hundred years. The Victorian-style building was erected in 1833 on ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published February 2019
Source Mersea Museum

214

Article

Peldon in WW1 from the school logbooks
ID PH01_SLB
Title Peldon in WW1 from the school logbooks
Abstract As one would expect, Peldon School logbook concentrates on aspects of teaching and staffing, poor behaviour and absenteeism, bad weather, problems with the buildings, heating and ventilation, visits by the Rector, school managers, Attendance and Sanitary Officers and the annual inspector's report. ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

215

Article

Spring Wyncoll
ID PH01_SPR
Title Spring Wyncoll
Abstract TWO SPRINGS, A PENNY FARTHING and A PEDALO!

This research is a funny old business! You set off in one direction and before you know it you've gone down a totally different path!

This particular path involves my research into a man called Spring Wyncoll.

I set off on ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

216

Article

Sparrow Pie at The Peldon Rose
ID PH01_SPW
Title Sparrow Pie at The Peldon Rose
Abstract Both house and tree sparrows are now on the list of endangered British species but it was not always so. For centuries the huge population of sparrows caused the birds to be considered pests because of the grain they ate. With the change of farming practices and reduced nesting sites the current ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2018
Source Mersea Museum

217

Article

Peldon Village Stores - Dansies
ID PH01_STO
Title Peldon Village Stores - Dansies
Abstract

THE VILLAGE SHOP

We would like to wish Mr and Mrs Wyncoll a happy retirement as they settle into their new home at West Mersea. A presentation to them was received by members of the family on their behalf. Also a presentation was made to Leslie Mallett who has served ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

218

Article

Peldon's Carriers and early Bus Services
ID PH01_TRS
Title Peldon's Carriers and early Bus Services
Abstract Records in the form of Trade Directories go back to early in the nineteenth century, recording, as well as a brief history of the village, church and landowners, the names of the current incumbent, the gentry, farmers and tradespeople in each village. Many of these Directories were produced by ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2018
Source Mersea Museum

219

Article

Evacuees come to Peldon
ID PH01_VAC
Title Evacuees come to Peldon
Abstract EVACUEES COME TO PELDON

'That night [Friday September 1st] the first trainloads of London schoolchildren steamed into St Botolph's station. Some including mothers and babies went to Shrub End and Lexden but most were taken by Eastern National buses into the country villages.' ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

220

Article

Peldon Village Hall
ID PH01_VHL
Title Peldon Village Hall
Abstract In 1942, the Church of England School next to Peldon Church finally closed its doors and the few remaining pupils transferred to West Mersea School. Built in 1833 the school had for over 100 years played an important part in the local community offering an education to local children but also ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published June 2018
Source Mersea Museum

221

Article

The Peldon Vulture
ID PH01_VTR
Title The Peldon Vulture
Abstract

Egyptian Vulture. Photo from Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove.

There are numerous references to the rare sighting (and shooting) of an Egyptian Vulture ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project

222

Article

Farmer's evictions in WW2 and the Peldon Protest
ID PH01_WAG
Title Farmer's evictions in WW2 and the Peldon Protest
Abstract

THE WORLD WAR 2 WAR AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE EVICTIONS

The War Agriculture Committees were set up in every region to maximise the production of food crops during WW2. Their tactics came under close scrutiny and criticism. The newly appointed secretary of the Lexden an ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

223

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

224

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

225

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

226

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

227

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

228

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

229

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

230

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

231

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

232

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

233

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

234

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

235

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

236

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

237

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

238

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

239

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

240

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

241

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

242

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

243

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

244

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

245

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

246

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

247

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

248

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

249

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

250

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
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