Church Road Shops and businesses on the north side - but there were seed fields on the south side
Seed Growers Seed growing was a big business on the island for many years. During WW1 there were over 1,500 acres of seed under cultivation.
1915 - Gallipoli. Several local were involved, in the Army or the Navy. Revd. Pierrepont Edwards MC. Mersea's fighting parson. signed up and was a Military Chaplain at Gallipoli.
Osea Island - a base for fast Coastal Motor Boats By the end of WW1 there were 1,000 men and women at HMS Osea.
Carriers To and from Colchester. Cudmore, Death, Fincham, Greenleaf, Rudlin, Sach, Steadman, Underwood... Before 1905 the carrrier's cart was the main way for people to get to Colchester.
Local Transport Horse and cart, buses, barges, the trade bicycle.
Coastguard on Mersea There was a Coastguard station at Mersea for many years, and there is still a volunteer force on the island. The personnel kept changing, so they did not get too friendly with the locals.
Mersea Barrow - the contents The urn, bones and lead box found in Mersea Barrow came back to Mersea August 2014, and are on display in Mersea Museum.