ID ML2017_004_L85 / Ron Green and Tony Millatt

TitleMemory Lane - the Victory at the bottom of The Lane.
Abstract

Our Museum is getting a constant flow of interesting old pictures etc. Out of the blue, Chris Burrows from Whitstable has emailed this fine image of the 'old' Victory. Comparing it with a postcard of the 'old' Victory published by local chemist/photographer Cleghorn around 1905, this photo was taken the same day. Cleghorn published a series of postcards, none of which were RPs (Real Photo) so it's good to get what could well be an actual Cleghorn Photo.

The original photograph is one of many in a box, in danger of being thrown away, so Chris is quite happy to send us the original for safekeeping. For a few years around 1900, her great grandparents lived in Mersea Road Colchester and must have found their way down to Mersea.

When the photograph was taken, the Victory at the bottom of The Lane was still a pub. The signwriting on the front says "Colchester Brewing Company Ales and Stout", "The Victory, W. Trim proprietor" and "Wines and Spirits". Probably the party in the photograph had come down for one of the Oyster Teas that the Victory advertised.

Around 1907 the 'new' Victory was opened, and Bill Trim moved up Coast Road as licensee. First of all the Stoker family rented the 'old' Victory from the Brewing Company, and then bought it, dividing it in two within the family. These days, Jill Keene lives in half of the 'old' Victory - it was her great grandparents that originally rented it from the brewery and it has stayed in the family ever since.


Published in Mersea Life April 2017, page Local 85.
AuthorRon Green and Tony Millatt
SourceMersea Museum
IDML2017_004_L85
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 A party outside the Victory Inn, perhaps in Mersea to enjoy the Oyster Teas advertised by the Victory. The writing on the front of the Inn says Colchester Brewing Co., Ales and Stout, Wines and Spirits. Proprietor W. Trim. 1894 Kelly's lists George Brand as the licensee, so Bill Trim must have taken over after that. The latest date it would be is around 1907 when the license transferred to the 'new' Victory further up Coast Road.
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The photograph comes from a great grandchild of Charlotte and Charles George Archdale Wilson. Charles was a draughtsman in the Royal Engineers. In 1895 they were in Singapore; their son Victor was born in May 1898 in Colchester and in 1901 they were living in Mersea Road, Colchester.
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<p><a href=mmphoto.php?typ=ID&hit=1&tot=1&ba=cke&bid=MMC_P755_013>MMC_P755_013 </a> was taken at the same time and is by Cleghorn.
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Title: A party outside the Victory Inn, perhaps in Mersea to enjoy the Oyster Teas advertised by the Victory. The writing on the front of the Inn says Colchester Brewing Co., Ales and Stout, Wines and Spirits. Proprietor W. Trim. 1894 Kelly's lists George Brand as the licensee, so Bill Trim must have taken over after that. The latest date it would be is around 1907 when the license transferred to the 'new' Victory further up Coast Road.

The photograph comes from a great grandchild of Charlotte and Charles George Archdale Wilson. Charles was a draughtsman in the Royal Engineers. In 1895 they were in Singapore; their son Victor was born in May 1898 in Colchester and in 1901 they were living in Mersea Road, Colchester.

MMC_P755_013 was taken at the same time and is by Cleghorn.

Date:Before July 1907
Source:Mersea Museum / Chris Burrows