Mersea Pubs - the Ship at East Mersea

Did the pub really exist ? The evidence is a bit tenuous, but there must be something behind it.

Margery Allingham's novel Blackerchief Dick is set in the Ship in East Mersea. This is based on a 200 year old character she met during a seance when staying in Mersea in 1924.

1841 and 1861 Census show the Underwood family living at Ship House at East Mersea.

In the 1930s, the Greenwood family bought Old Ship Cottage at East Mersea - it had a reputation for being haunted by the girl who died there in Blackerchief Dick. The location is virtually the same as the Underwood family's Ship House. During the Greenwood family's ownership, the cottage was extensively rebuilt and extended. It has since been knocked down and replaced with a new house. The ghost may have moved next door to The Myth.

There is a Ship field across the road from Old Ship Cottage. Former East Mersea resident George Farthing describes the first tee of East Mersea Golf Club course as being opposite the Dormy houses and in what is [now] known as Ship Field. [ MMC_Q001_001 ]
The Mersea Island Golf Club Handbook names the 4th hole as the Ship and says it comes from an old smuggling inn that stood nearby, dating from Queen Anne's Days. [ MIGC_019 ].

Author: Tony Millatt
ID: PUBS_SEM


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