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Sailing barge CLIFF loading hay on Mersea Hard. Registered Ipswich and built Ipswich 1858, probably by Bayley. Main owner J Cobbold Ipswich. Official No. 20532
1901 Managing Owner Joseph Rawlinson, Forest Gate.
18 Nov 1907 sold to James Edwards, contractor of West Mersea.
3 April 1911 foundered.
A picture from one of the slide shows run in Mersea Museum during opening hours.
From a glass plate bought by David Patient on Ebay c1908. Photo: David Patient Collection
The Beach, West Mersea. Postcard by F.W. Pawsey & Sons. c1955.
A barge leaving Mersea having discharged timber on the Hard. Two packing sheds are visible on the left. 
A picture from one of the slide shows run in Mersea Museum during opening hours. Photo: Martin Wade Collection
West Mersea Post Office in Yorick Road, with the White Hart just visible on the right. The notice on the front says Post Office for Money Orders, Savings Bank, Parcel Post, Telegraph, Insurance.

Telegram boy Reg Jay on bicycle waiting outside - he was Telegram Boy for Ashton Turner, the postmaster. The wage was six pence and for that he was expected to deliver anywhere on the Island including East Mersea [BJ].
He has his black leather pouch attached to his belt. His left foot resting on a step which was attached to the back spindle. I remember in my young days several of the older men didn't cock their leg over the seat with one foot on the pedal, they scooted along with one foot on this step and lifted themselves onto the saddle from the back [RG].
Photograph before 1911 as the hedge etc is 'younger' than in the Cleghorn photograph from September 1911.
The building is now [2015] Barclays Bank. Before 1911. Photo: Peter Rudlin Collection
The Dog and Pheasant, East Mersea. Postcard undated Photo: Stephen Kemp
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Mersea Museum has a large collection of images, mainly of Mersea Island and the surrounding area. Those shown here are a small sample.
The images are divided into categories - click on a Category to view a selection.
Each year, a selection of the images with an accompanying audiocommentary form an audio-visual display that is run when the Museum is open.
If you can add to the information we have about an image, such as the names of the people, the place or the date, please Email us.
The collection is always increasing thanks to the kindness of may individuals. If you have photographs that are suitable for our collection, we would be pleased to hear from you. We can just take a digital copy of a photograph and return the original to you.
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