ID WW01_551 Article from Mersea Museum / Winifred Hone

TitleShopkeepers - Mersea Island - Oscar Whiting - Winifred Hone memoirs
AbstractThe established shops on the Island are run by independent families who are interested in what they sell, also interested in the people they are selling to, and as long as it isn't peak hours a little friendly chat can be thrown in, which keeps you in touch with what is happening on the Island. Councillor and Mrs Whiting, who with their son Richard own the Island's nicest store, have been part of the real Mersea community over many years. Passing through their front door you are immediately impressed by the presence of vegetables, fresh food mostly local grown, also first class confectionary. There is also a good range of home made jam etc., specially prepared by Mrs Whiting. Their speciality is bacon and ham, the very best Danish and they know how to present it through long experience. People come far and near to purchase their cooked joints of ham. The wall fixtures are lined with every sort of canned or packaged goods of the finest brands, a splendid selection of soaps and toilet and to complete your purchase all sorts of frozen goods.

Councillor Oscar Whiting is the Island's Poet Laureate, each day he displays on a board outside his shop something special he has to offer his customers, an amazing rhyme which is concrete evidence of his genius. I have included a sample of his masterpieces.
[ unfortunately the sample has gone missing over the years ].

AuthorWinifred Hone
Publishedc1969
SourceMersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
IDWW01_551
Related Images:
 Oscar and Else Whiting outside their shop in Barfield Road. Some of the employees who worked here were Len Pullen, Mr Smith, Mrs Maskell, Rose Carter (Harvey), Brenda Whiting.
 From Album 11 Accession No. 2016-11-001K 2016.11.001K  FL11_027_003
ImageID:   FL11_027_003
Title: Oscar and Else Whiting outside their shop in Barfield Road. Some of the employees who worked here were Len Pullen, Mr Smith, Mrs Maskell, Rose Carter (Harvey), Brenda Whiting.
From Album 11 Accession No. 2016-11-001K 2016.11.001K
Source:Mersea Museum / Owen Fletcher Collection
 Oscar Whiting outside his shop. You could always rely on a different rhyme.
 From Album 11.  FL11_028_001
ImageID:   FL11_028_001
Title: Oscar Whiting outside his shop. You could always rely on a different rhyme.
From Album 11.
Source:Mersea Museum / Owen Fletcher Collection
 The fleet of vehicles at one time owned by the Whiting family pictured outside Underwoods Garage. Oscar Whiting on the left. Richard Whiting and the mobile shop in the centre.
 From Album 11.  FL11_028_003
ImageID:   FL11_028_003
Title: The fleet of vehicles at one time owned by the Whiting family pictured outside Underwoods Garage. Oscar Whiting on the left. Richard Whiting and the mobile shop in the centre.
From Album 11.
Date:1960s
Source:Mersea Museum / Owen Fletcher Collection
 Mr & Mrs Oscar Whiting celebrate their golden wedding. They kept Central Stores in Barfield Road for 27 years.
 From Rose Harvey Scrapbook LH29.  LH29_014_002
ImageID:   LH29_014_002
Title: Mr & Mrs Oscar Whiting celebrate their golden wedding. They kept Central Stores in Barfield Road for 27 years.
From Rose Harvey Scrapbook LH29.
Source:Mersea Museum / Rose and Len Harvey Collection
 Barfield Road. Oscar & Elsie Whiting's Central Stores and house of Charles and Ida Pavey, former dairy. Demolished to make way for Coop. 
 Zebra crossing on the left. 1960s or 70s  RG03_493
ImageID:   RG03_493
Title: Barfield Road. Oscar & Elsie Whiting's Central Stores and house of Charles and Ida Pavey, former dairy. Demolished to make way for Coop.
Zebra crossing on the left. 1960s or 70s
Date:c1970
Source:Ron Green Collection


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