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

Frederick Thomas Hicks
ID IYX_180
Title Frederick Thomas Hicks
Abstract NOT FINISHED

HICKS, FREDERICK ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Robert Leslie Coppin, Langenhoe, died 21 October 1941
ID OOD_214
Title Robert Leslie Coppin, Langenhoe, died 21 October 1941
Abstract WW2 Memorial Profiles for Abberton and Langenhoe

ROBERT LESLIE COPPIN


Aircraftman 2nd Class, Service No. 1134494
6 Service Flying ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Keywords NEVILL
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Alan Cudmore: Peldon Reminisences
ID PH01_PCM
Title Alan Cudmore: Peldon Reminisences
Abstract I have been in touch with Alan Cudmore, now in his eighties and living in Hertfordshire, whose family lived in Peldon, probably from 1843 right through to 1970. I had come across Alan's family when researching, Honeysuckle Cottage on Lower Road then called Olde Home; his grandad, Joshua, bought the ...
Source Mersea Museum

4

Article

Some Record of the Parish of Peldon
ID PH01_SRP
Title Some Record of the Parish of Peldon
Abstract Book in Essex Record Office Reference D/P 287/28/6 (not digitised)

This volume was begun by the Rev C.R. Harrison who was the rector of St Mary's Church, Peldon between 1855 and 1867. During his incumbency he wrote of the parish records, church lands, churchwardens, school, rectory ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

1891 Census - recorded occupations Mersea Island
ID CEN_1891_OCC
Title 1891 Census - recorded occupations Mersea Island
Abstract Census East and West Mersea 1891

1,407 named people are listed
458 Male 15 years or older
292 Male under 15
401 Female 15 years or older
257 Female under 15

Recorded occupations (not all people have occupation recorded)

Male

...
Author Tony Millatt
Published 5 April 1891
Source Mersea Museum

6

Article

HMS YORK visit to Clacton 1930s
ID CPR_VST
Title HMS YORK visit to Clacton 1930s
Abstract

Mersea Museum recently had an email from Peter Watts of Clacton Pier Company, with 4 small photographs taken on Clacton Pier. They had the same photographic markings on the back, but no clues as to the date or the event. Two photographs show a Royal Navy cruiser at anchor, one ...

Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Home Guard - Beyond the Photo
ID PH01_HG2
Title Peldon Home Guard - Beyond the Photo
Abstract PELDON HOME GUARD - BEYOND THE PHOTO
Peldon History Project

Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella

Introduction
Many local residents and visitors have probably seen the group photograph the Peldon Home Guard, which has been on display in the Peldon Rose Public ho ...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Ship Money
ID PH01_SHM
Title Ship Money
Abstract In 1634, with Charles I on the throne, Parliament had not convened for six years. The King, wanting to raise money, had no intention of following the usual course of recalling Parliament and decided to levy a tax known as Ship Money. This was a tax extending back into the medieval period, last ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Recollections of the Village Blacksmith, Peldon Village
ID PH01_RBM
Title Recollections of the Village Blacksmith, Peldon Village
Abstract

Recollections of the Village Blacksmith, Peldon Village
circa 1950

The Forge or Smithy fronts the top road and overlooks the Common. It is a timber framed building with ...

Source Mersea Museum

10

Article

Peldon and the Mayors of Colchester
ID PH01_MYR
Title Peldon and the Mayors of Colchester
Abstract Colchester boasts the longest surviving borough mayoralty in Essex which is also amongst the oldest in the country. This year (2020), Peldon's Robert Davidson, farmer of Brick House Farm, has become the 188th mayor of Colchester and his wife Liz, the lady mayoress. In the midst of the coronavirus ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published November 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Alexander Jamieson Duncan killed by mine Mersea Island
ID WW2_AJD
Title Alexander Jamieson Duncan killed by mine Mersea Island
Abstract Alexander Jamieson Duncan
Second Lieutenant 91196
8th Bn Royal Scots
Buried Inveresk Parish Churchyard

Son of the Revd. David Duncan and Catherine Duncan; husband of Isobel Fordyce Duncan, of Plockton, Ross and Cromarty

Killed on Mersea Island in accident with ...

Author Roger Bullen
Published 12 September 1940
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Vincent Magson killed by mine 1945
ID WW2_VJM
Title Vincent Magson killed by mine 1945
Abstract Vincent John Magson

Vincent Magson was born 1929 and was the adopted son of Winifred M. Magson née Crampion and Frederick Magson. Winfred and Frederick had married in 1925 and come to live in Mersea, initially in Captains Road and then at 2 Rainbow Road. Frederick was a retired ...

Author Tony Millatt
Published 8 March 1945
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Ian Michell killed by mine 1945
ID WW2_IVM
Title Ian Michell killed by mine 1945
Abstract Ian Michell 1927-1945

Ian Michell - Air Training ...

Author Tony Millatt
Published 8 March 1945
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Martin Aurel King
ID WW2_MAK
Title Martin Aurel King
Abstract WW2 Memorial Profiles for West Mersea

Martin Aurel King
Pilot Officer 42845, Royal Air Force
249 (Gold Coast) Squadron
Shot down over Southampton 16 August 1940, age 18.
Buried Fawley, Hampshire, 22 August 1940

Martin Aurel King was born 15 October 1921 in ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Corporal Herbert William Christmas
ID WW1_CHR
Title Corporal Herbert William Christmas
Abstract WW1 Memorial Profiles for Great wigborough

HERBERT WILLIAM CHRISTMAS
Corporal Service No. 127577
73rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
(Enlisted at Woodstock, Canada)

Died 1 March 1917 age 21.
Buried Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery, Souchez. ...

Author Roger Bullen / Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

16

Article

The Mazengarbs of Copt Hall, Little Wigborough
ID LWG_MZG
Title The Mazengarbs of Copt Hall, Little Wigborough
Abstract

Walkers have long enjoyed the wild peace and seclusion of the Copt Hall marshes, many will have popped into the little church of St Nicholas (now sadly closed permanently) with its piece of WW1 ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Married Clergy in the reigns of Mary and Elizabeth
ID PH01_MCL
Title Married Clergy in the reigns of Mary and Elizabeth
Abstract Great Wigborough and Peldon

The first official action in English history specifically permitting clergy to marry was presented to Convocation in December 1547 and then to Parliament by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. He himself had married in the early 1530s during the reign of Henry VIII after ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Methodism in Peldon
ID PH01_MPL
Title Methodism in Peldon
Abstract Ben Cudmore's account of Methodism in Peldon, probably written in the early 1960s before Peldon's chapel closed in 1970.
The Cudmore family first appears in the censuses for Peldon in 1851 and Ben and his family lived in Honeysuckle Cottage (known then as 'Olde Home'), Lower Road, after his ...
Author Ben Cudmore
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Wigboroughs in WW2
ID WIG_WW2
Title The Wigboroughs in WW2
Abstract On 14th January 1939 the neighbourhood news in the Essex County Standard reported the first of a series of six Air Raid Precautions (A.R.P.) lectures to volunteers from Peldon and Wigborough in Peldon School. About 40 were present and first aid demonstrations were given by the St John's Ambulance. ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon's Poor and the Poorhouse
ID PH01_WKH
Title Peldon's Poor and the Poorhouse
Abstract Queen Elizabeth's Poor Relief Act of 1601 pulled together all previous Poor Law Acts, formalising earlier practices of poor relief distribution. Before Tudor times and the Dissolution of the Monasteries (these religious houses had provided some care and relief to the poor) any contributions to the ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published October 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Jabez and Emma Wenlock
ID WIG_JBZ
Title Jabez and Emma Wenlock
Abstract MR AND MRS JABEZ WENLOCK

These two obituaries of Jabez and Emma Wenlock appeared in the Essex County Standard neighbourhood news, and were, most likely, written by Mrs Dansie of Peldon Village Stores who contributed weekly columns, mainly for Peldon, every week between 1931 and ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Great Expectations at Great Wigborough
ID GWG_GEX
Title Great Expectations at Great Wigborough
Abstract I have been going to the coffee mornings at Gt Wigborough Church which are currently being held every fortnight on a Friday morning. St Stephens is a pretty church in a beautiful location and a welcome is guaranteed plus tea, coffee and cake. Standing on top of Wigborough Hill the views are amazing ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Hyde, Great Wigborough
ID GWG_HYD
Title The Hyde, Great Wigborough
Abstract

The Hyde in the 1930s

Owners of historic houses almost invariably have a fascination with the history of their homes and over the years their notes, drawings, photographs ...

Published October 2020
Source Mersea Museum / Elaine Barker

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Article

Church Terriers - Great and Little Wigborough
ID GWG_TER
Title Church Terriers - Great and Little Wigborough
Abstract A Church terrier, or Glebe terrier is specific to the Church of England and is a survey or inventory of each parish church's assets giving details of land and property. These lands and property were held by the incumbent as part of the endowment of his benefice providing the income with which he ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Wedding of Joan Yates and Dr John Hopkyns at Great Wigborough - Joan's ...
ID GWG_YTS_003
Title Wedding of Joan Yates and Dr John Hopkyns at Great Wigborough - Joan's Recollections
Abstract Joan Yates married Dr John Hopkyns at St Stephen's Great Wigborough 22 November 1941. Joan was the daughter of Revd. Frederick Yates, Rector of Great and Little Wigborough.

Joan's ...

Author 22 November 1941
Source Mersea Museum

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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

Unmade Roads
ID ML2020_010_073
Title Unmade Roads
Abstract In August 1939 I moved with my family from the Barfield Road council house where I was born, to a new bungalow in Suffolk Avenue. It was a grass track which got very muddy in winter. There were 15 homes in the avenue ( interestingly the same number as in Empress Avenue which was much longer). ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Yates Family Wedding at Great Wigborough - Mary Hopkyn's Diary
ID GWG_YTS_001
Title Yates Family Wedding at Great Wigborough - Mary Hopkyn's Diary
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

A Mersea Builder
ID ML2020_009_074
Title A Mersea Builder
Abstract I left West Mersea Council School on April 1946 aged 14. I was to do a bricklayer apprenticeship but was unable to start officially until I was 15, so for the first year I was a labourer. However, I was laying bricks on my very first day at work. I was with my father Les and we were working for ...
Author Ron Green
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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