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

Rectory Cottages Great Wigborough
ID GWG_RCT
Title Rectory Cottages Great Wigborough
Abstract The two cottages known as Rectory Cottages, situated on top of Wigborough hill, just opposite the church and the Rectory were demolished in approximately 1967.

Rectory Cottages, ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Dedication of War Cross at Layer de la Haye
ID LDH_WW1_001
Title Dedication of War Cross at Layer de la Haye
Abstract

FOR KING AND COUNTRY
Dedication of War Cross at Layer de la Haye

On Sunday afternoon, October 28, the Bishop of Colchester, (Dr Whitcombe) unveiled and dedicated a War ...

Published 28 October 1917
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Salcott Wigborough Chantry
ID SAL_CTY
Title Salcott Wigborough Chantry
Abstract

What we now generally know as Salcott was formerly a hamlet of Great Wigborough, and, separated by a creek, a chapel-of-ease was built at Salcott Wigborough for the people there, but served by the rector of Great Wigborough Tom Millatt The Parish Church of St Mary the Vi ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Yates Family Wedding at Great Wigborough
ID GWG_YTS_001
Title Yates Family Wedding at Great Wigborough
Abstract The following is the diary of a visit to Great Wigborough for the wedding of Joan Yates, daughter of the Rector Revd. Frederick Yates. It was sent by Ivor Hopkyns, son of Joan and John Yates.

DIARY OF THE WEDDING OF JOAN YATES AND JOHN HOPKYNS

20th November, ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Great Plague of Colchester and London
ID PH01_PLG
Title The Great Plague of Colchester and London
Abstract Imagine an epidemic so virulent that shops, theatres and pubs closed, trade and travel ceased, families isolated if a family member was ill and food was delivered to the door by the community. Imagine special arrangements being made to bury the dead with no funerals allowed and the wealthy fleeing ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Great Wigborough Congregational Chapel
ID GWG_CGC
Title Great Wigborough Congregational Chapel
Abstract According to White's Trade Directory of 1848 in its entry for the village of Great Wigborough, there was an independent chapel sited by the Maldon Road, Great Wigborough. The entry reads

Adjoining the Maldon Road is an Independent Chapel, belonging to a Congregation formed in ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Rectors of St Stephens, Great Wigborough
ID GWG_REC
Title The Rectors of St Stephens, Great Wigborough
Abstract

In writing the biographical details that follow I am following in the footsteps of local historian, the late Tom Millatt who was responsible for the beautiful artwork above which hangs on the walls of St ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Salcott and Virley by George Biddell 1933
ID SAL_BDL
Title Salcott and Virley by George Biddell 1933
Abstract Virley is a little place, and has never been of much importance in the land, nevertheless its history can be traced back for about 1,000 years.

In the reign of Edward, the Confessor (AD 1045-66) a large and thriving village stood at the head of the creek, near the spot where a bridge ...

Author George Biddell
Published 30 December 1933
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Salcott Coffin-Slab
ID SAL_CFN
Title Salcott Coffin-Slab
Abstract According to the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments 1922, in the churchyard of St Mary's Salcott, west of the church tower was sited a coffin-slab, coped with double hollow-chamfered edge, cross with foliated ends on stepped calvery, 13th century. Another broken slab with hollow ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

75th Anniversary of end of WW2 - Layer de la Haye
ID TLR_WW2
Title 75th Anniversary of end of WW2 - Layer de la Haye
Abstract Layer de la Haye War Memorial
75th Anniversary Tribute for end of World War 2
2nd September 2020

After the success of the Poppy display to commemorate the centennial for the end of WW1 ...

Author Anne Taylor
Published 2 September 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Story of Layer de la Haye since Saxon Times
ID EC64_05_316
Title The Story of Layer de la Haye since Saxon Times
Abstract

It was called "Legra" in the Domesday Book

By the Rev. James Allen (Vicar of Layer de la Haye)
Article from East Anglian Magazine May 1964

The name ...

Author Rev. James Allen
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Stories of Old Salcott - Mr Francis
ID SVN_1992_005
Title Stories of Old Salcott - Mr Francis
Abstract Salcott-Virley Village News May 1992

Written by Tom Parmenter.

Inspirational Poem
To have the steadfast knowledge
That we never walk alone
And to rest in the assurance
That our every need is known
Will help dispel our worries
Our anxieties an ...

Author Tom Parmenter
Published May 1992
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Reverend Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock M.A.
ID EAS_1936_P155
Title Reverend Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock M.A.
Abstract IN MEMORIAM. THE REV. LLEWELLYN CHRISTOPHER WATSON BULLOCK, B.A.

Obituary from Essex Archaeological Society

The death of the Rev. Ll. C. Watson Bullock on 10 February, ...

Published 1936
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

"Your Essex" at Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Salcot and Virley
ID TBM_SAL_101
Title "Your Essex" at Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Salcot and Virley
Abstract

Salcott always fascinated me. It was the first country place I ever stayed in. I was a schoolboy at the time, and I remember journeying there in a four-wheeler, and returning in a pony cart. That ...

Author C.R. Jefferies
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon, John Ball and The Peasants' Revolt
ID PH01_PRV
Title Peldon, John Ball and The Peasants' Revolt
Abstract

If, as it would appear, John Ball, the visionary social reformer, who first raised the standard of revolt against injustice and tyranny, was born in Peldon, may not Peldon have contributed in the fourteenth century, the greatest of all Essex sons?

So asks Kay Gi ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published August 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Salcot Church c1830 by J.C. Atkinson
ID ERV_1894_275
Title Salcot Church c1830 by J.C. Atkinson
Abstract SALCOT CHURCH

From Essex Review Vol 3, Page 275 (1894) By: J.C. Atkinson, Danby Parsonage, Castleton.

My reminiscences of Salcott and Virley Churches of sixty-five to seventy years ago (c1830) are somewhat peculiar. My father was frequently officiating in them, one or both, ...

Keywords 1830
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Burial in Wool
ID PH01_BWL
Title Burial in Wool
Abstract Burial in Wool

In burial registers from 1666 up to 1814 a note is often written alongside entries saying affidavit or An affidavit that he was buried in woolen.

This refers to the oath that had to be sworn by the relatives of the deceased to show compliance with ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published August 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Bean Family of Peldon Hall
ID PH01_FBN
Title The Bean Family of Peldon Hall
Abstract Some time around 1827, Samuel Edwin Bean, farmer, his wife Frances and their children moved to Peldon Hall from New Hall, Little Wigborough; the family was to remain in Peldon for approximately the next sixty years.

Keywords copt hall
Published August 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon and the National Agricultural Labourers' Union
ID PH01_AGU
Title Peldon and the National Agricultural Labourers' Union
Abstract

Fraternise, centralise! With brotherly feeling with a united front, with every district welded into a great whole, with a common fund to which all shall pay, and on which all shall have right to draw, the time will not be distant when every agricultural labourer shall have, ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Church Briefs - Great Wigborough
ID GWG_CBR
Title Church Briefs - Great Wigborough
Abstract

CHURCH BRIEFS

A transcription in P.A.F. Stephenson's book "The Parish Registers of Great and Little Wigborough" 1905

In th ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Great Wigborough Church Royal Commission on Historical Monuments report 1922
ID GWG_CHC_201
Title Great Wigborough Church Royal Commission on Historical Monuments report 1922
Abstract GREAT WIGBOROUGH

From the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments (1922)
Typed by T.B. Millatt, source document not known.
Transcribed August 2020 by Anne Taylor

Great Wigborough is a parish 7 miles south of Colchester.

Parish Church of St. Stephen stands ...

Author 1922
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Bullock Family of Great Wigborough
ID PH01_BLK
Title The Bullock Family of Great Wigborough
Abstract The Bullock Family of Great Wigborough

In 1925 the Reverend Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock was instituted at St Stephen's Church, Great Wigborough and was to be rector there until 1933.

A descendant of a wealthy Berkshire family, it was fitting that the rector should return ...

Author Elaine Barker
Keywords mersea, rouses, rowsers, salcott, bullocke
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Bells of St Stephens, Great Wigborough
ID PH01_BLS
Title The Bells of St Stephens, Great Wigborough
Abstract The Bells of St Stephens, Great Wigborough

St Stephens has two bells although only one is now rung. The older bell was made by itinerant bell founder John Danyell who was founding bells between 1450 and 1470. Medieval bell-founders did not confine themselves to bell-making as their only ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Reformation and the Wigborough Martyrs
ID GWG_MTR
Title The Reformation and the Wigborough Martyrs
Abstract The Reformation and the Great Wigborough Martyrs

At a time of a Europe-wide move to break away from the Roman Catholic Church, in 1534, Henry VIII, declared himself supreme head of the Church of England . This move, triggered by his wish to divorce Catherine of Aragon was also a means by ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Wigborough Carriers and Buses
ID WIG_BUS
Title Wigborough Carriers and Buses
Abstract During the 19th century and well into the 20th century, the carrier provided transport for most people. Farmers and better-off people would have a horse and cart - and everyone would walk a lot more.
The trade directories such as Pigot's, White's and Kelly's list carriers serving Wigborough, ...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Earthquake of 1884 - Great and Little Wigborough
ID WIG_WEQ
Title The Earthquake of 1884 - Great and Little Wigborough
Abstract The Earthquake of 1884 - Great and Little Wigborough

22 April 1884 An earthquake at 9.20am, knocking down a chimney of the house which nearly came through the roof, frightening everybody very much and ringing all the bells. The damage done all the way to Wigboro', Peldon, Mersea, ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Wigborough War Memorial
ID GWG_WMM
Title Wigborough War Memorial
Abstract The War Memorial in St. Stephen's Parish Church, Great Wigborough. The memorial is alabaster and is in the closed north doorway.

To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of the soldiers of this Parish who fell in the Great War 1914-1918.
Their Name Liveth for Ever ...

Author Tony Millatt
Keywords ww1 ww2
Published July 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Frederick Theobald of Great Wigborough died 26 August 1914
ID IYS_001
Title Frederick Theobald of Great Wigborough died 26 August 1914
Abstract

THEOBALD, FREDERICK GEORGE
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Kings Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 1st Bn.
Age 38
Date of death 26 August 1914
Service No.

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Alexander Charles Ponder of Great Wigborough died 13 October 1915
ID IYS_099
Title Alexander Charles Ponder of Great Wigborough died 13 October 1915
Abstract

PONDER, ALEXANDER CHARLES
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment: South Staffordshire Regiment, 1/6th Battalion, TF 137th Brigade, 46th Division.
Age 36
Date of death 13 ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Keywords garr
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Frederick James Oxenham of Great Wigborough died 23 May 1917
ID IYS_153
Title Frederick James Oxenham of Great Wigborough died 23 May 1917
Abstract

OXENHAM, Frederick James
Rank: Rifleman
Regiment: London Regiment (City of London Rifles) : 6th Battalion.
Age 22
Date of death 23 May 1917
Service No. ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Brierley Hall Estate
ID ML2020_008_022
Title Brierley Hall Estate
Abstract With the present planning issues going on for West Mersea at the moment. it is interesting to look back to the Brierley Hall Estate as laid out by architect E. Hollyer Evans of The Strand, London W.C. in 1909. From Seaview Avenue to a line one field to the East of Cross Lane there are some 480 ...
Published August 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Bertram Charles Juniper of Great Wigborough died 15 Sept 1915
ID IYS_092
Title Bertram Charles Juniper of Great Wigborough died 15 Sept 1915
Abstract

JUNIPER, BERTRAM CHARLES
Rank: Private
Regiment: Essex Regiment in the 2nd Battalion. 12th Brigade, 4th Division.
Age 22
Date of death 15 September 1915
Service ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Frederick Hutley of Great Wigborough died 30 June 1916
ID IYS_105
Title Frederick Hutley of Great Wigborough died 30 June 1916
Abstract

HUTLEY, FREDERICK
Rank: Private
Regiment: Royal Sussex Regiment, 12th Battalion. 116th Brigade, 39th Division.
Age 34
Date of death 30 June 1916
Service No. ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Keywords Fred, brickhouse
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Alfred Charles Francis died 3 June 1917
ID IYS_154
Title Alfred Charles Francis died 3 June 1917
Abstract

FRANCIS, ALFRED CHARLES
Rank: Serjeant
Regiment: Royal Field Artillery: "D" Battery. 58th Brigade
Age 23
Date of death 3 June 1917
Service No. ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Charles Godfrey Bonner died 27 August 1918
ID IYS_194
Title Charles Godfrey Bonner died 27 August 1918
Abstract

BONNER, CHARLES GODFREY
Rank: Private
Regiment: Coldstream Guards 2nd Battalion. 1st Guards Brigade, Guards Division
Age 34
Date of death 27 August 1918
Service ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Edward Ponder of Great Wigborough
ID PH01_EPR
Title Edward Ponder of Great Wigborough
Abstract Edward Ponder of Great Wigborough

Trawling through the Peldon and Wigborough Parish Magazines I came across three articles written by a Wigborough man, Edward Ponder, who I believe was born around 1916 although other biographical information is needed.

The first article is ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

William Potter Bond died 14 May 1915
ID IYS_078
Title William Potter Bond died 14 May 1915
Abstract

BOND, WILLIAM CHARLES POTTER (also known as William Edward Bond)
Rank: Private
Regiment: Essex Regiment 2nd Battalion,12th Brigade, 4th Division.
Age 18
Date of ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People: Harry and Angelina Smith
ID PH01_HWS
Title Peldon People: Harry and Angelina Smith
Abstract Peldon People: Harry and Angelina Smith

Henry William Smith was born in Peldon in 1853 and during his working life he was a horseman on a farm and farm labourer. He married Angelina Cousins (born 1857) in 1875.

In 1935 they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and in honour ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Whiting Family of Peldon
ID PH01_AGW
Title The Whiting Family of Peldon
Abstract

THE WHITING FAMILY OF PELDON

The picture above is taken outside the front (North West corner) of Games Farmhouse, Lower Road, Peldon, it was passed on by Tony Baldwin whose ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Island Horticultural Society
ID DIS2019_MIHS
Title Mersea Island Horticultural Society
Abstract In 2019, the Museum put on a display to celebrate 100 years of Mersea Island Horticultural Society summer shows.

MIHS was founded in 1876 and over the years, several shows have been missed because of wars and even pandemics, so we are now long past the centenary of the society.
The ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A History of Pete Hall - Part 2
ID PH01_PTZ
Title A History of Pete Hall - Part 2
Abstract Pete Hall Peldon Part 2
[ ...
Author Simon Eagle
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A History of Pete Hall Part 1
ID PH01_PTY
Title A History of Pete Hall Part 1
Abstract Pete Hall
Peldon
1046 - 1987
Part 1

Pete Hall (otherwise known as Peet or Peete Hall) Colchester Road, Peldon, Essex.

It remains uncertain as to when Pete ...

Author Simon Eagle
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Essex Cheese
ID PH01_CSE
Title Essex Cheese
Abstract Essex Cheese

Fingringhoe Wick, Langenhoe Wick, Middlewick, Abbots Wick, Tollesbury Wick are all names we are familiar with in this part of Essex but what does 'Wick' actually mean?

Wicks were in fact shepherds' huts where sheep, grazing on the low-lying marshes of this coast, ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Mystery of Honor Villa and Going's Cottages
ID PH01_HVL
Title The Mystery of Honor Villa and Going's Cottages
Abstract THE MYSTERY OF HONOR VILLA and GOING's COTTAGES

In investigating the history of houses in the village of Peldon where few of them are numbered, without the help of house deeds it is often impossible to identify a house by its current name. Even in Peldon's Tudor wills it is quite common ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published June 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Water
ID ML2020_007_075
Title Mersea Water
Abstract I was born in West Mersea in February 1932 and was to drink water from the water tower for the next 33 or so years. My teeth have the brown stain under the enamel which a number of us locals (not all) have who were children during that period.

From a very detailed account published in the ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Tug of War Team
ID PH01_PTW
Title Peldon Tug of War Team
Abstract My recollections of Peldon's contribution towards the sport of Tug-of-War by John Hawes

My first experience of competing in a Tug-of-War competition occurred at the East Mersea village Fete' during early August 1973. At that time I lived in West Mersea, so I was over the border so to ...

Author John Hawes
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Martins of Moor Farm
ID PH01_MTN
Title The Martins of Moor Farm
Abstract The Martins of Moor Farm

Moor Farm is the white weather-boarded farmhouse on the right of the main road travelling from Mersea to Colchester a few hundred yards on from The Peldon Rose. It ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Parish Church of St Stephen Great Wigborough. A history
ID GWG_CHC
Title The Parish Church of St Stephen Great Wigborough. A history
Abstract The Parish Church of St Stephen, Great Wigborough.

Beautifully situated on the top of a hill at the highest point of the parish, the tower of the church is a landmark for many miles around. The ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

King's Head, Great Wigborough
ID GWG_KHD
Title King's Head, Great Wigborough
Abstract The King's Head, Great Wigborough, by the turn to Colchester off the Maldon Road. It was rendered and painted white in the 1950s, and is now a private house, known as the Olde Kings Head.

This story of the King's Head is rather incomplete. An inn is recorded as being at the site in the 17th ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Little Wigborough School
ID LWG_SCH
Title Little Wigborough School
Abstract Little Wigborough school was built in 1875 with room for 50 pupils. It was closed by 1894 and all trace has gone. Its location is shown on the map below.

Little Wigborough ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum
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