West Mersea Council Cuttings Book 3 page 21.
Mersea pub on stilts.
West Mersea's 250 year old pub, the Fox, has spent nearly a month on stilts as part of a £16,000 modernisation plan.
Behind the modernisation, which has created 2,000 squaare feet more space are two Mersea men, ex-fisherman Ron Garriock and business man Dave Cockett.
They bought the pub at the beginning of the year and began work about two months ago. The modernised pub - one of six pubs on the island - will include a new saloon bar and a snooker room with two tables.
"We had the back part of the pub - which is about 250 years old - up on stilts for three weeks while we built the new rooms down below," said Mr Garriock.
Though he was a fisherman in Mersea for years, Mr Garriock got the taste of pub life helping out his mother, who used to run the Social and Sailing Club.
He'll be leaving the sea for good to become a full-time publican with Mr Cockett. He and his wife and children are moving into the pub this week.
They hope to open officially on July 4 but have no special plans or stunts in mind for the opening.
By using the jacking system to hold the structure together while they built the extended bars and kitchens, it has been possible to retain many of the old beams in the pub.
16 June 1972