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

Public Transport - the Omnibus
ID DJG_PT2
Title Public Transport - the Omnibus
Abstract Year 1919 was a momentous time - Victory had been achieved, it was a time for rejoicing and thankfulness, but also sadness in many families. Of the some three hundred young men and women who had served in the Forces, barely two thirds returned to the village, 48 young men had died, and ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 January 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

To School by Train
ID DJG_PT3
Title To School by Train
Abstract Before September 1921 local children who had gained county scholarships to either of the grammar or secondary schools at Chelmsferd or Maldon had to travel by train from Tollesbury. No local toys had sat for the entrance examinations during the Great War 1914-1918, although local girls had ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Voyage of the SUNSHINE
ID DJG_SH1
Title Voyage of the SUNSHINE
Abstract SOME NOTABLE VOYAGES
VOYAGE OF THE "SUNSHINE'

For some years prior to 1910 a beautiful schooner yacht named "Sunshine", skippered by Capt Richard Page, invariably laid up each winter at Rickus Creek. In 1910 the schooner was purchased from its previous owner by Mr Weston ...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Atlantic Crossing in the SUNSHINE
ID DJG_SH2
Title Atlantic Crossing in the SUNSHINE
Abstract ATLANTIC CROSSING IN THE "SUNSHINE"

The yacht "Sunshine" sailed from Tollesbury Pier on the River Blackwater Tollesbury, Essex, on 11th April 1911 with a navigator aboard as Capt Pettican had no "ticket". There was a crew of five with Sidney Mills, the fo'cle cook and myself as ...

Author Harry Redhouse
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

55

Article

Haven of Rest
ID DJG_SHP
Title Haven of Rest
Abstract HAVEN OF REST by Douglas Gurton of Tollesbury.

Rumours were rife in the village in the early twenties that "large ocean going liners" would be coming to lay-up in the River Blackwater. As a small boy at the time I was keenly interested in this, and spent a great deal of my leisure at ...

Author Douglas Gurton
Keywords carisbrook castle
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Collection

56

Article

Tollesbury Trade and Industry
ID DJG_TAI
Title Tollesbury Trade and Industry
Abstract According to old records and maps the parish of Tollesbury covered a large area in olden times, extending as far as Tiptree Heath, which anciently was part of the great forest of Essex, to which the freeholders and tenants of surrounding parishes, including Tollesbury, had commonright for ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club
ID DJG_TSC
Title The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club
Abstract Shortly after the Great War there came to reside in Tollesbury a gentleman, named Major Kenrick McMullen, a member of a notable brewing family in Hertfordshire, who had been serving as a staff officer in the Army. He and his family settled down in the village, and eventually acquired land ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published c1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Those were the days - Tollesbury fishing
ID DJG_TWT
Title Those were the days - Tollesbury fishing
Abstract Reminiscences of childhood memories of over fifty years ago by Douglas Jack Gurton.

The report by the Fishery Officer on the decline of the fishing industry in this area, reminds me of the struggle of local fishermen to gain a livelihood over fifty years ago. There were 117 smacks ...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

59

Article

Tollesbury Village Bygones
ID DJG_VBY
Title Tollesbury Village Bygones
Abstract Before 1914 Tollesbury had its own "Town Crier", who presumably for a small fee could be hired to announce matters of importance to the parish ranging from meetings to arrivals of coal cargoes by barge at 13/- a ton, shot down outside your house, or at 19/- (95p) if put in the coal-hole or ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

60

Article

Three Voyages
ID DJG_VOY
Title Three Voyages
Abstract Nowadays it is quite common to read of venturesome and hazardous voyages completed single handed or with crews, but it is not generally known or has been forgotten that at least three epic voyages were completed successfully by men of this village. In 1911 the schooner "Sunshine" re-rigged as a ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 13 February 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

61

Article

Village School Days
ID DJG_VSD
Title Village School Days
Abstract Over the years the village has been most fortunately favoured by the selection of headmasters, headmistresses, and teachers appointed to educate the children of the village, and we who were pupils should feel eternally grateful for the care, dedication, and knowledge imparted to us at ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

62

Article

1914 - Tollesbury
ID DJG_WWA
Title 1914 - Tollesbury
Abstract Year 1914 so far as weather was concerned was similar to present. but in other respects was most dissimilar, especially as it affected this remote village of Tollesbury. Starting off with a cold snap and fairly heavy fall of snow we children enjoyed skating on the brickfield pond and ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

63

Article

Tollesbury sends its sons to war
ID DJG_WWB
Title Tollesbury sends its sons to war
Abstract Sunday 4th August 1914, as I remember it was a pleasantly warm sunny day. It was a time of full employaent within the village, and found the inhabitants going quietly about their daily tasks although it was the day following the Bank Holiday. During the week-end newspapers had carried headlines ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

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Article

Tollesbury in War-time - WW1
ID DJG_WWC
Title Tollesbury in War-time - WW1
Abstract Recent publicity regarding remains of V2 rockets found near Thurslet, revives memories not only of World War II but the Great War of 1914-18 when Tollesbury was selected as a training area for infantry. On the 12th December 1914 the Essex Territorial Cyclist Battalion carried out a "sham ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 16 January 1975
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

65

Article

The day the war ended
ID DJG_WWX
Title The day the war ended
Abstract During the past month (September 1979) we have been subjected to a great deal of news items by press, radio and television, regarding the "day war broke out", but the most happiest and thankful time was when it ended. I arrived home on 30th April 1945 from Europe where I had been serving in ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords ww2
Published 29 September 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

66

Article

Yachting between the wars
ID DJG_YBW
Title Yachting between the wars
Abstract Yachting re-started slowly in 1919. The ravages of the four years 1914-1918 had taken their toll of both men and craft. Of the forty odd medium tonnage yachts berthed in the creeks, or hauled up into Messrs. Drake Bros' yard at Woodrolfe, Tollesbury, a number had changed hands. The beautiful ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 24 March 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

67

Article

The America Cup
ID DJG_YCP
Title The America Cup
Abstract Without doubt the series of excellent articles by Mr John Leather originally submitted in connection with the "Seafarers' Window" have stimulated interest in many newcomers and revived memories for many of the older generation in the parish. It is possibly fitting to recall that the colourful ...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords yachting
Published 1 March 1976
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton

68

Article

Essex Archaeology and History
ID EAH_014_077
Title Essex Archaeology and History
Abstract The only road onto Mersea Island crosses the end of the Strood and Pyefleet channels on a causeway known as the Strood. The road has been raised over the years, but below the present road can be found oak piles which indicate the presence of a causeway here in Anglo-Saxon times. The name 'Strood' is ...
Author Tony Millatt
Keywords dendro
Volume 14
Published 1982
Source Mersea Museum / Essex Archaeology and History
Page 77

69

Article

Mersea Island: the 11th-century Boundaries; *** King Edward Charter
ID EAH_014_087
Title Mersea Island: the 11th-century Boundaries; *** King Edward Charter
Abstract Deramy's Stone stands on the boundary between East and West Mersea. The plaque below the stone (erected in January 1975) says the stone marks the Boundary of the Manor of West Mersea granted by King Edward the Confessor to the Monastery of St. Ouen in 1046. However, there is much doubt about ...
Author Tony Millatt
Keywords Deremy's, Deramy's, Deramy, Deremy
Volume 14
Published 1982
Source Mersea Museum / Essex Archaeology and History
Page 87

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Article

The St. Peter's Quartet by Owen Ellis
ID ELS_070
Title The St. Peter's Quartet by Owen Ellis
Abstract

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Source Mersea Museum

71

Article

Noel Beadle, 373 Battery, Royal Artillery
ID HNB
Title Noel Beadle, 373 Battery, Royal Artillery
Abstract

Mersea Island
World War II
2000 troops were stationed on the island during the threat of invasion.
The Headquarters of the Royal Army Corps Motor Boat Company was stationed nearby.
The coastal defence of the area around Mersea Island was ...

Author Chris Harris
Published November 2013
Source Mersea Museum

72

Article

Percy William Mortlock
ID IYS_009
Title Percy William Mortlock
Abstract

MORTLOCK, PERCY WILLIAM
Rank: Private
Regiment: Northamptonshire Regiment, 2nd battalion, 24th Brigade, 8th Division
Age 16
Date of death 14 March 1915
Service ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

73

Article

Mark Hyam 1889 - 1990
ID IYS_031
Title Mark Hyam 1889 - 1990
Abstract Mark Hyam was son of Samuel Hyam (1839 - 1916) who started a grocery business in Peldon. The shop was later run by Mark's half-brother Clem.

Mark was born in Peldon 25 May 1889 to parents Samuel and Eliza. Eliza was Samuel's second wife. In 1891 the family were living in The Shop in ...

Source Mersea Museum

74

Article

Arthur George Whiting
ID IYS_169
Title Arthur George Whiting
Abstract

WHITING, ARTHUR GEORGE
Rank: Private
Regiment: Worcestershire Regiment 1st/8th Battalion. 144th Brigade, ...

Source Mersea Museum

75

Article

Alfred George Baldwin
ID IYS_185
Title Alfred George Baldwin
Abstract

BALDWIN, ALFRED GEORGE
Rank: Private
Regiment: Duke of Wellington's 9th battalion (West Riding ...

Source Mersea Museum / Edwin Sparrow

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Article

The Salcott Murder of 1890
ID JMO_SAL_101
Title The Salcott Murder of 1890
Abstract

"FRIGHTFUL MURDER AT SALCOT"
"A FARMER SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY HIS NEPHEW"
"THE BODY TIED IN A SACK"

Joseph Leatherdale was born on 3rd March 1822 at Chappel, Essex. As a boy, he worked as a labourer for his father Thomas, who farmed at ...

Author John Moore
Published 2013
Source Mersea Museum

77

Article

Lewis Taylor Gibb and a Tale of two paintings.
ID LTG
Title Lewis Taylor Gibb and a Tale of two paintings.
Abstract Thanks to the generosity of an important London museum, Mersea Museum acquired in 2018 two attractive new exhibits. These are two landscape paintings by the artist Lewis Taylor Gibb (1873-1945). Both are small oil paintings on canvas; one is titled "The River Stour near Dedham" the other simply "The ...
Author David Nicholls
Source Mersea Museum

78

Article

Memories - the wartime school at The Nothe
ID LUC_SCH_007
Title Memories - the wartime school at The Nothe
Abstract As elsewhere in the country, Mersea has been looking "back at the war years. Those of you who visited the Museum last year will have seen many reminders of the Second World War, and we of a "certain age" tended to say, "Do you remember?"!

One wartime event on the Island, perhaps not ...

Author Susan Luckham
Published 2006
Source Mersea Museum

79

Article

An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
ID LZB_PAP_011
Title An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
Abstract

An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
After the end of the Great War 1914 - 1918 the family of Ernest Arthur Lazarus Barlow gave the parish church of St Edmund King and Martyr East Mersea an East Window celebrating the feast of the Epiphany. At the top, scarcely vi ...

Author J.H.G. Sunnucks
Published 19 February 2004
Source Mersea Museum / Lazarus Barlow Papers

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Article

Memoirs of Grace Edenborough - East Mersea
ID MBK_GHE_038
Title Memoirs of Grace Edenborough - East Mersea
Abstract Extract from the memoir of Grace Edenborough in the possession of her grandson Adrian Flatt.

I often went away to stay with a family known as the Wilsons, to be a sort of companion to their youngest daughter Wankie, I cannot remember her proper name as she was always known as Wankie [ ...

Author Grace Edenborough
Source Mersea Museum / Adrian Flatt

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Article

Mersea Island Trust
ID MCT_002
Title Mersea Island Trust
Abstract

The following article was written by J.H.G. Sunnucks for Mistral Magazine in 1995

1995 saw the 30th anniversary of the opening by Miss Akhurst of the first "sheltered" accommodation on the Island. There must be many varied memories of how it all began, but this is how the ...

Author J.H.G. Sunnucks
Published 1995
Source Mersea Museum

82

Article

An old lady remembers - Isabella Rosa Dawson
ID MIS_1968_IRD
Title An old lady remembers - Isabella Rosa Dawson
Abstract More than 150 years ago [ in 1968 ], Professor Horace Hayman Wilson sent his six year old son home to England in the care of the ship's captain from Calcutta. The voyage took nearly six months. Some years later the boy married a lady from North Farm, East Mersea. A marquee was put up for the ...
Author Alan Dawson
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Bygone Days - bands
ID ML2012_006_P44
Title Mersea Bygone Days - bands
Abstract I started at West Mersea Council School as it was then called, after Easter 1937. The boy sitting next to me was a real pest and kept pulling my ears. After the first term and holiday some new children came in and I had a new partner at my desk, his name was Sidney Sherwood, a quiet friendly boy. ...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2012
Source Mersea Museum

84

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Green family
ID ML2012_007_P42
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Green family
Abstract

My great great grandfather John Green lived in a cottage next to the Fox Inn. He was an agricultural labourer and the tithe awards shows him as occupier, with others, of cottages and yards owned by James Fenn.

One of his sons Robert Chinnery married Maria Radford at ...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2012
Source Mersea Museum

85

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Mersea men on the barges.
ID ML2012_009_P42
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Mersea men on the barges.
Abstract

One hundred or so years ago the sailing barge was a common sight around Mersea Island, tucked into various creeks and quays around the island collecting corn, hay, straw etc and delivering manure to the farms. Many an old photograph of The Strood shows a stackie barge. In those days ...

Author Ron Green
Published September 2012
Source Mersea Museum

86

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Farming
ID ML2012_010_P41
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Farming
Abstract

The outbreak of war in 1939 found many farms in Mersea and much of the rest of Britain in a run down state with many fields not seeing the plough for many years. Cheap imports of foreign grain made it impossible for our farmers to compete. With the ships bringing in this grain now ...

Author Ron Green
Published October 2012
Source Mersea Museum

87

Article

Proud of our tradition
ID ML2012_011_P10
Title Proud of our tradition
Abstract My family are very proud of our Poppy tradition, and thought you might be interested in our history.

The "powers that be" in East Mersea in 1933 were looking for someone to take the poppies from door to door. The only person to show an interest was a 13 year old girl called Peggie ...

Author Wenda Lord
Published November 2012
Source Mersea Museum

88

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 1.
ID ML2012_011_P47
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 1.
Abstract

My early memories of Mersea shops comes from the mid 1930s when we lived in Barfield Road and my mother used to take me with her when she went shopping in my pre-school days. Then later when I left school in 1946 and started working for builder Clifford White & Co. As the 'Boy' I ...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2012
Source Mersea Museum

89

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 2.
ID ML2012_012_P48
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 2.
Abstract As we left Arthur Cock's butcher's shop in part one, we head off down Yorick Road past a garden plot where Glennie Cock later built a pair of shops he named Mersea Stores. The next shop past this plot was Charlie Williamson's newsagents and toy shop. He also published and sold postcards. Charlie's ...
Author Ron Green
Published December 2012
Source Mersea Museum

90

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 3
ID ML2013_001_047
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 3
Abstract

Having left High Street last month, we will take a few steps into High Street North and Clem Smith's greengrocers on the corner of Mersea Avenue

Clem was another local shopkeeper who was a local councillor and could often get quite excited about certain issues. I ...

Author Ron Green
Published January 2013
Source Mersea Museum
Page 47

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Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 6
ID ML2013_004_047
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 6
Abstract

Now concluding my look at old Mersea shops, we can take a look at what were probably the first purpose built shops on the island.

The first picture shows a busy scene ...

Author Ron Green
Published April 2013
Source Mersea Museum

92

Article

School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part One
ID ML2013_005_P41
Title School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part One
Abstract

I started my education at West Mersea Council School, Barfield Road in the spring of 1937. I was a very reluctant starter and after several failed attempts my father loaded me on to the back seat of his bicycle in the pretence of going to East Mersea to visit Auntie Nellie. We ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part Two
ID ML2013_006_P47
Title School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part Two
Abstract

With the evacuees leaving the island we had our school back full time. The young male teachers Mr Reason, Mr Burt, Mr Davies all went of into the services. I understand Mr Hucklesby was at our school for a short time before going off into the services but I don't remember him ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

94

Article

Stackie Barges (The Hay Barges)
ID ML2013_011_P45
Title Stackie Barges (The Hay Barges)
Abstract

I have always had a keen interest in local working craft in the days of sail, in particular the barges that loaded large stacks of hay and straw for delivery to London in the days when much of London's traffic was horse drawn - including the buses. Both of my grandfathers served ...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2013
Source Mersea Museum

95

Article

Abberton Bakery
ID ML2013_012_P54
Title Abberton Bakery
Abstract

I recently received a telephone call from Terry Slowgrove, owner of Abberton Bakery informing me that it had been sold and the new owner was clearing it out that day. Would I like to come over and take anything we would like for our Mersea ...

Author Ron Green
Published December 2013
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

West Mersea's early developer
ID ML2014_001_P47
Title West Mersea's early developer
Abstract

In the early part of the last century Leonard Weaver planned a large developement for West Mersea which he named the Fairhaven Estate. It included a Temperance Hotel and a statue of Queen Victoria on the Victoria Esplanade. The developement was well under way when the first world ...

Author Ron Green
Published January 2014
Source Mersea Museum

97

Article

The Last Post
ID ML2014_002_P55_001
Title The Last Post
Abstract

Over a century ago, a fence was erected along the elevated section of Coast Road. This consisted of cast iron posts connected with steel tubing. Over the years, sections have been removed until ...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2014
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

More Abberton Bakery
ID ML2014_002_P55_002
Title More Abberton Bakery
Abstract

Since writing the article about Abberton Barkery in December Mersea LIFE, I have received more details from Mr Alan Smith.

Alan is the son of the late Frederick Smith, the last Smith Family owner of West Mersea Bakery. Alan had expected to follow his father into the ...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2014
Source Mersea Museum

99

Article

Yes, Mersea Really did have a railway.
ID ML2014_003_P58
Title Yes, Mersea Really did have a railway.
Abstract

There has been some uncertainty in recent issues Mersea Life as to whether Mersea ever did have a railway.

I have in my collection, the old photo above, showing a ...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2014
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Sailing barges up the Rhine
ID ML2014_005_P61
Title Sailing barges up the Rhine
Abstract With this year, 2014, being the one hundreth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, our museum is putting on an exhibition as part of our summer show.

One of the features is to record those who took part and were fortunate enough to return - some showing the signs of ...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
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