This database contains some of the books and papers held by Mersea Museum.

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Article

Great Wigborough's Rectory 1963
ID GWG_RCU
Title Great Wigborough's Rectory 1963
Abstract From The Wigborough News a monthly magazine for the two parishes of Great and Little Wigborough. Editor The Reverend Roland Hall No.22 June 1963

When I was appointed Curate-in-Charge of the Wigborough parishes nearly two years ago, the old rectory adjacent to St Stephen's Church was ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published June 1963
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Story behind the brass of Henry Bullock
ID PH01_BLQ
Title The Story behind the brass of Henry Bullock
Abstract In Great Wigborough Church there are only two remaining memorials to a member of the wealthy Bullock family who lived and held property in the village from the early 1500s. One is a gravestone behind the altar dated 1628 and the other is a little brass, now mounted in the nave wall but previously ...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords GWG
Published 9 July 2021
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Straw Plaiting
ID PH01_SPL
Title Straw Plaiting
Abstract Let me take you back to Peldon in 1815.

John Haxell (also spelt Haxcell), whose family gave Haxells Farm its name, was running a small private school for boys. He ran his school from a double cottage somewhere near St Ives Hill, this was 20 years before the Church School was built next to ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Priest's House, Peldon
ID PH01_PHS
Title Priest's House, Peldon
Abstract

Priest's House, Peldon

Grade II listed
15th Century timber framed and plastered, house with red plain tile roof. Two storeys
and attics. Gabled and originally jettied to front, now part underbuilt. One
window range, modern ca ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Bullock Family of Layer de La Haye
ID PH01_BLH
Title The Bullock Family of Layer de La Haye
Abstract

The Bullocks' general stores and Post Office in Layer de La Haye post 1948

An image of the shop run by the Bullock family in Layer de La Haye, still remembered today, has sparked my desire to tr ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Shocking accident at the Strood
ID ML2021_006_076
Title Shocking accident at the Strood
Abstract With each week of big tides there is usually a motor vehicle stuck on the Strood by the driver misjudging the depth of water over the road. Fortunately no one has lost their life there recently. By far the worst accident happened before the days of the motor car. Sisters Eva Clarry 21 and Annie ...
Author Ron Green
Published June 2021
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Leslie Grimes - Artist and Cartoonist
ID PH01_LGR
Title Leslie Grimes - Artist and Cartoonist
Abstract Leslie James Grimes was born in 1897 in Chertsey, Surrey. He married Annie McDonnell Ewen in 1923 and they had three sons. After Art School, Leslie built a reputation in motoring art, producing illustrations for brochures, and he also did artwork for children's annuals.

In 1927 Leslie ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The tuppeny water pistol
ID ML2021_005_078
Title The tuppeny water pistol
Abstract In my school days there was a little shop on Queens Corner owned by Miss Katie White. She sold a range of things including toys and sweets, a school boy's dream. Walking home from Barfield Road school to my home in Suffolk Avenue I often stopped by to see what was in the window. One day I spotted a ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Patricia Catchpole 'Catchy'
ID CHY_101
Title Patricia Catchpole 'Catchy'
Abstract Miss Patricia Catchpole by Cynthia Mottershaw

Affectionately known to all on the Island as 'Catchy', she was the daughter of a Suffolk farmer who also bred Suffolk horses. Born in Darsham, Suffolk, Catchy moved to West Mersea in 1932.

Her first love was always horses, and 19 ...

Author Cynthia Mottershaw / Jill Keene
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A Railway to Mersea Island ?
ID MMH_RLY
Title A Railway to Mersea Island ?
Abstract In 1982, at a Model Railway Exhibition in Colchester Town Hall, Roger Kingstone showed his 'O' Gauge layout of what he thought West Mersea Station would have been like if it was ever built. It was seen by William Packard, Editor of Mistral Magazine, who asked Roger if he would write an article for ...
Author Roger Kingstone
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Tollesbury Memories - further recollections from Fred Garrod
ID FGD_102
Title Tollesbury Memories - further recollections from Fred Garrod
Abstract It was interesting to read that hay to feed the horses at the Equestrian events at the Olympic Games was supplied by Old Hall Farm.

In the mid eighteenth century Old Hall used to be one of the busiest places in Tollesbury. The inn there was called the "Crooked Billet" and was kept by a ...

Author Fred Garrod
Published 1972
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Tollesbury Memories - recollections from Fred Garrod
ID FGD_101
Title Tollesbury Memories - recollections from Fred Garrod
Abstract I was born in Tollesbury in the year 1902. My relatives on my father's side had had connections with the sea from time immemorial, fishing and boat-building.

My father owned a fishing smack, and my two uncles also had one. I used to go with them to work almost as soon as I could ...

Author Fred Garrod
Published 1972
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

MOLLIETTE - Exordium to Finale
ID WLD_MOL
Title MOLLIETTE - Exordium to Finale
Abstract

A while back I was introduced to Owen Fletcher, a Mersea man, whose hobby is the compilation of a "History of Mersea and its People" and who allowed me to extract from his accumulated data all the information he ...

Author Pat Zierold
Source Mersea Museum

14

Article

Mersea Island Schools
ID SCH_MNU
Title Mersea Island Schools
Abstract There have been many schools on Mersea Island over the years and they are described in a number of articles:

...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

HELENA MODJESKA - a Liberty Ship
ID HMJ_JBL
Title HELENA MODJESKA - a Liberty Ship
Abstract In the years following World War Two, a wide variety of ships were laid up in the River Blackwater, looking forward to new future, or in many cases to the scrapyard. Merchant ship conversions rendered obsolete by the end of the war, ships with war damage that would not be worth repairing, ships that ...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

When the steamer brought trippers to Mersea
ID ML2021_004_086
Title When the steamer brought trippers to Mersea
Abstract Over a century ago the little steamboat SS Annie was to be seen working from Maldon. No one knows where or when she was built but when the Manchester Ship Canal was opened in 1893, she was one of a number of similar vessels doing pleasure cruises there. The cruises were not profitable so Annie was ...
Author Ron Green
Published April 2021
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Interview with June Martin née Goody
ID PH01_GDY
Title Interview with June Martin née Goody
Abstract JUNE MARTIN née GOODY

June's parents were William Ernest Edward Goody (born 9.10.1904) and Florence Minnie Balls (born 28/1/1910). William Ernest was born in Birch to parents William (born in Birch) and Sarah (born in Layer Breton c 1874). William was a stockman on a farm. ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published 10 January 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Water Police
ID TUP_WPC
Title Water Police
Abstract An extract from Peter Tucker's writings

It will be known by some of the older folk of Mersea, 'Mersea people'' as opposed to the people who live at Mersea, 'five minute Mersea-ites' in fact, that there existed in the not too distant past, Water Policemen. A sergeant and two constables in ...

Author Peter Tucker
Published c2006
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Milkmen of Mersea by Peter Tucker
ID TUP_MKM
Title Milkmen of Mersea by Peter Tucker
Abstract Extracts from Peter Tucker's book.


Fred Farthing in Barfield Road - photo Mrs M. Ward

The main Milkman of the Island in early days that are within living memory was A.G. Farthing. (Manny), from the ...

Author Peter Tucker
Keywords milkman
Published c2006
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

West Mersea Post Offices
ID TUP_POS
Title West Mersea Post Offices
Abstract Letters on the subject of West Mersea Post Offices.

Post Office - letter 1
May I request space to correct the inaccuracies in the printed history of the West Mersea Post Offices in this issue.

The first Office was indeed in the first cottage of the Terrace on the ri ...

Author Peter Tucker / Ron Green
Published July 2006
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

West Mersea Brickworks
ID TUP_BWK
Title West Mersea Brickworks
Abstract Clifford White's Brickworks were in Lower Kingsland Road. The works had been started by developers about 1905 but they were caught up in the the bankruptcies in 1914 and the works were acquired by Clifford ...
Published 2006
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Some pieces of Mersea History by Peter Tucker
ID TUP_GEN
Title Some pieces of Mersea History by Peter Tucker
Abstract Peter Tucker tells us some Mersea history and gives us his views on it. Mersea development, Clifford White's Yard, the Fountain, Cresta Stores, the MOLLIETTE, a tale of JOCASTA and Fastnet.

Many attempts were made over the years to bring Mersea up to the developers standards. London ...

Author Peter Tucker
Keywords patterson
Published 23 March 2006
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Evacuees and Wartime Life
ID TUP_VAC
Title Evacuees and Wartime Life
Abstract Early in the war it was decided to evacuate London children to the country. Mersea had to take very many of the poor kids, but as to why they should have been sent to a forward area of perhaps a battle yet to come, is one of the imponderables of Government thinking that as ever defies comprehension. ...
Author Peter Tucker
Published January 2008
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Home Guard by Peter Tucker
ID TUP_HOM
Title Mersea Home Guard by Peter Tucker
Abstract FOREWORD

THE STORM CLOUDS GATHER.

In the later part of my last year at Mersea School in 1938, we of the senior class became aware of a political crisis and rumours of the threat of War. There was little explanation of this from the teachers and the subject was more or less taboo. ...

Author Peter Tucker
Keywords wellhouse, kiddiesland
Published February 2008
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

OTHONA and other houseboats
ID ML2021_003_062
Title OTHONA and other houseboats
Abstract When I was a small toddler living in Barfield Road, my Dad used to take me out in my pushchair while Mum cooked Sunday dinner. The route was usually down Coast Road by the houseboats and this was in the early 1930s when yachts and other vessels were coming in to be converted to houseboats. I'm ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

James Thomson killed 28 March 1918
ID IYS_186
Title James Thomson killed 28 March 1918
Abstract

THOMSON James
Rank: Private G/48138
Royal Fusiliers 4th Bn, 9th Brigade, 3rd Division
Date of death 28 March 1918 Age 27

James was the son of James Thomson, of ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Published 27 October 2007
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

William Griffin Francis killed 23 April 1917
ID IYS_145
Title William Griffin Francis killed 23 April 1917
Abstract

FRANCIS, William G.
Private Service No. 41658
C Company 9th Platoon 17th Battalion Manchester ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Frederick Robert Francis killed 25 November 1916
ID IYS_041
Title Frederick Robert Francis killed 25 November 1916
Abstract

FRANCIS, FREDERICK ROBERT
Rank: Deck Hand Stoker Service No. 4009SD
Service: Royal Naval Reserve HMS BURNLEY
Date of death 25 November 1916 Age 21

Frederick was ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Clifford William Wyncoll killed 3 November 1916
ID IYS_035
Title Clifford William Wyncoll killed 3 November 1916
Abstract

WYNCOLL Clifford William
Rank: Shoeing Smith 98046
Royal Field Artillery "B" Battery 173rd Brigade
Date of death 3 November 1916 Age 18

Clifford was the son ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Hostel Post-War: the Polish
ID PH01_HPW
Title Peldon Hostel Post-War: the Polish
Abstract As you drive out of Peldon west towards Wigborough and leave the 30mph speed limit, just past the drive to Harvey's Farm on the right is a dilapidated building half-hidden by bushes and trees behind a wooden five-bar gate. This was The Hostel.

During the Second World War the hostel had ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Bullock Family Part 2 The Peldon Connection
ID PH01_BLP
Title The Bullock Family Part 2 The Peldon Connection
Abstract The Story so far. Early in the 1500s John Bullock, a member of the wealthy Bullock family of Arborfield in Berkshire came to Moulshams Manor in Great Wigborough and together with his wife, Margaret, settled with their three sons and a daughter. The children were all to marry and have families and ...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords brick house
Published February 2021
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Motor barge GOTHIC lost December 1937
ID JSK_001
Title Motor barge GOTHIC lost December 1937
Abstract The GOTHIC was a large steel barge belonging to E J & W Goldsmith of Fenchurch Street, EC3. She was built as a sailing barge at Krimpen in Holland 1904, one of several built there for Goldsmiths at the time.
In 1933 she was converted by James Pollock, Faversham, to a twin screw motor barge ...
Published February 2021
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Reverend Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock
ID PH01_BLL
Title Reverend Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock
Abstract

The Reverend Llewellyn Christopher Watson Bullock was instituted as incumbent of St Stephen's Church, Great Wigborough in 1925. It was his final appointment before retiring in 1933 having moved to ...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords revd, rev
Published February 2021
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Cold War
ID TUP_CWA
Title The Cold War
Abstract An occurrence took place at Mersea which went mostly unnoticed and as far as I know unrecorded. Although it happened on Council ground it is doubtful that this body had any say or were even consulted. The fore-going I must stress is quite unsupported but there has been no indication of it in any ...
Author Peter Tucker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Arthur Hugh Sebborn killed 27 April 1917
ID IYS_149
Title Arthur Hugh Sebborn killed 27 April 1917
Abstract

SEBBORN, ARTHUR HUGH
Rank: Private Service No. 29867
Wiltshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Date of ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Dengie Ranges, Bradwell-on-Sea
ID KBC_DRA
Title Dengie Ranges, Bradwell-on-Sea
Abstract Description of the Bombing Range built off the Dengie peninsular from 1936 onwards.
In 1948 the American Air force, chiefly from Wethersfield began using the range, using the "Newlands" of "Eastlands. Pyramid shaped position markers near St. Peter's Chapel pointed to the target. However, ...
Source Mersea Museum / Kevin Bruce Collection

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Article

Typhoon aircraft down in the River
ID ML2021_002_059
Title Typhoon aircraft down in the River
Abstract Typhoon aircraft down in the River Blackwater

The New Year brought a very interesting Email to Mersea Museum, from Mark Pottinger. The name was not familiar, until Mark explained that his father was the pilot of the Hawker Typhoon fighter aircraft that had to ditch in the River Blackwater ...

Published February 2021
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Restoration of St Mary the Virgin, Peldon
ID PH01_PCR
Title Restoration of St Mary the Virgin, Peldon
Abstract St Mary the Virgin, Peldon : Restoration

The building of Grade 1 listed St Mary the Virgin in Peldon , like most English country churches, is a mixture of ages and styles. We can only guess at what the original Anglo-Saxon church, recorded in the Domesday book, looked like.

It ...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Typhoon down in River Blackwater - the pilot's story
ID MPO_011
Title Typhoon down in River Blackwater - the pilot's story
Abstract Extracts from diary of the pilot, Ron Pottinger


Ron Pottinger and Typhoon aircraft at Manston, 1943

Taking off from Bradwell Bay and subsequent ditching in the River Blackwater at Ni ...

Author Ron Pottinger
Keywords hawker typhoon, aircraft, fighter
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Typhoon salvage - River Blackwater
ID REG_2005_TYP
Title Typhoon salvage - River Blackwater
Abstract On 22 March 1944 Hawker Typhoon R8895, flown by Flt. Sgt. R.W. Pottinger, belonging to No. 3 Squadron based at Bradwell Bay, came down in the River Blackwater. The Squadron record states that the engine over-revved on take-off for dark night-flying practice. The pilot could not make height and ...
Author Brian Jay
Keywords r.8895
Published June 2005
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Hugh Green, 19th Century West Mersea Doctor and Surgeon
ID DHG_001
Title Hugh Green, 19th Century West Mersea Doctor and Surgeon
Abstract Hugh Green, 19th Century West Mersea Doctor and Surgeon 1823-1895

Hugh Green was the second of four children born to William Green and Charlotte Emily Green (née Cooper) of ...

Author Simon Eagle
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Church Seating for the Poor
ID PH01_CSP
Title Church Seating for the Poor
Abstract

Church Seating for the Poor
Great Wigborough and Peldon

In storage at St Stephen's Church, Great Wigborough, is a framed board which used to hang upon the church wa ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea at War
ID ML2021_001_050
Title Mersea at War
Abstract I am often asked what it was like on Mersea Island during the Second World War. Well, the answer is a lot different to what it is now. I lived throughout the war in Suffolk Avenue in a new bungalow my dad had built while working for local builder Clifford White & Co. We moved in August 1939 from 6 ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Recollections of Mike Watson
ID PH01_MWA
Title Recollections of Mike Watson
Abstract RECOLLECTIONS OF MIKE WATSON
By Geoff Gonella
Peldon History Project

Mike and Jane Watson have lived in Peldon for many years, and have taken part in a variety of local activities. In the company of Elaine Barker I was fortunate to interview Mike in December 2017, at their ...

Author Geoff Gonella
Published 12 December 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Church Cottage, Peldon
ID PH01_COT
Title Church Cottage, Peldon
Abstract

Church Cottage, Peldon

Early 17th century timberframed and plastered house with some brick. Red plain tile roof. One storey. Two window range double hung vertical sliding sashes. rear extension with pantile roof. Double range plan, with newel staircase Br ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published 12 December 2020
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Morant history 1768 - the Wigboroughs
ID WIG_MOR
Title Morant history 1768 - the Wigboroughs
Abstract

Philip Morant's The History and Antiquities of Essex 1768

Great Wigborough, Salcot Wigborough and Little Wigborough

Wigborough

Two contiguous Parishes so named stand west of those we have been last describing. The name is formed from the two ...

Author Elaine Barker
Keywords viners, copt hall, faulkborne
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Frederick Thomas Hicks
ID IYS_180
Title Frederick Thomas Hicks
Abstract

HICKS, FREDERICK THOMAS
Rank: Private Service No. 30923
Regiment: Bedfordshire Regiment 7th Battalion
Date of death 25 April 1918 Age 24

Frederick Hicks was ...

Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

David Laurence Talbot
ID IYS_200
Title David Laurence Talbot
Abstract

TALBOT, DAVID LAURENCE
Rank: Private ...

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 Reminiscences
ID PH01_PCM
Title Alan Cudmore: Peldon Reminiscences
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
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