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Article

In the Mud
ID TXA03380
Title In the Mud
Abstract 2017 was an exciting year along the Mersea shore. In 2016, CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Network) visited the island and looked more deeply into some things we thought we already knew about. About the same time local oystermen were making interesting finds and it became clear...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA03380

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Article

Memory Lane - rising tides ?
ID ML2018_001_L21
Title Memory Lane - rising tides ?
Abstract

We are often led to believe that the tides cover the Strood more often than they used to and are getting bigger. I think the ever increasing amount of traffic could give that impression. The...

Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2018_001_L21

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Article

Mersea buses - article in Mersea Life.
ID ML2014_006_P60
Title Mersea buses - article in Mersea Life.
Abstract Looking through the May edition of Mersea Life and Lion John Gradwell's notice of the Lion's Transport Display and Summer Show, I was reminded that I must have a ride on one of the preserved Eastern National buses that will be running between the show at Waldegraves and the MICA centre again this...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_006_P60

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Article

Preserving Mersea's oldest roads
ID COR2_027
Title Preserving Mersea's oldest roads
Abstract It was heartening to read in Courier no. 666 of the Strood Charity's generous donation to Mersea Island Museum, towards the preservation and display of timbers from an ancient Bronze Age walkway. Discovered in the mud off Cooper's Beach by Oysterman, Daniel French, the surviving 4-metre section of...
Author Sue Howlett
Published 11 November 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_027

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Article

Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 2
ID ML2017_011_L32
Title Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 2
Abstract By Ron Green with Tony Millatt and Brian Jay Mersea Island Museum

We continue the history of Orleans, the large house by the Monkey Beach in West Mersea.

At the end of the 19th Century, Orleans belonged to Thomas Gilbert a wealthy gentleman who was a JP, Churchwarden, Captain of...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_011_L32

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Article

Yacht ENDEAVOUR missing in Atlantic with several local people on board.
ID TXA00340
Title Yacht ENDEAVOUR missing in Atlantic with several local people on board.
Abstract An object in Mersea Museum leads us into a long story, involving local fishermen, the big racing yachts from before World War 2, the America's Cup and adventures in the Atlantic. The object is a piece of manilla rope, about 1 foot long and 8.5 inches [21.5cm] circumference. The rope was being used...
Published 20 January 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00340

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Article

Local education and the lessons of history.
ID COR2_018
Title Local education and the lessons of history.
Abstract

There have been schools for the sons of rich families throughout the centuries, but schooling for the children of the poor was a consequence of the Industrial Revolution.

At the end of the eighteenth century many people thought that educating the lower classes would be...

Author Chris Kirkman
Published 22 June 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_018

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Article

Sarah Wrench, died 6 May 1848, buried East Mersea.
ID TXA00220
Title Sarah Wrench, died 6 May 1848, buried East Mersea.
Abstract Just to the north east of East Mersea Church is the grave of Sarah Wrench. It is unusual in that it has iron hoops over it, forming a cage. A cast iron plaque on the grave says "Sarah Wrench died 6th May 1848 aged 15 years and 5 months"

The East Mersea Parish Records tell us that Sarah...

Author Tony Millatt
Keywords churchyard, WCH
Published 31 May 2009
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00220

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Article

Mersea Island Trust
ID MCT_002
Title Mersea Island Trust
Abstract

The following article was written by J.H.G. Sunnucks for Mistral Magazine in 1995

1995 saw the 30th anniversary of the opening by Miss Akhurst of the first "sheltered" accommodation on the Island. There must be many varied memories of how it all began, but this is how the...

Author J.H.G. Sunnucks
Published 1995
Source Mersea Museum
ID MCT_002

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Article

Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
ID MMH_MTG
Title Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
Abstract

Travelling eastwards along the road from West to East Mersea you see a turning to the left named "Meeting Lane"; if you go down the lane you will not now find any clues as to where meetings were held...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MTG

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Article

An early Mersea Telephone Directory
ID TXA00950
Title An early Mersea Telephone Directory
Abstract An early directory, compiled from various sources. ...
Author Tony Millatt / Ron Green
Keywords phone list telephone list.
Published c1929
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00950

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Article

Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
ID MMH_CGU
Title Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
Abstract West Mersea Free Church, Mill Road
Formerly Union Church, (Congregational & Baptist).

It was in the year of the battle of Trafalgar that a local landowner and oyster merchant, Mr Bennett...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_CGU

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Article

Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 1
ID ML2017_010_L22
Title Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 1
Abstract By Ron Green with Tony Millatt and Brian Jay Mersea Island Museum

Recently, a lady visitor to Mersea noticed while walking along the Monkey beach, an ornamental metal gate in the wall of New Orleans garden. She wanted to find out about the old house Orleans which stood in the grounds...

Author Ron Green
Published October 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_010_L22

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Article

Restoration of PRISCILLA
ID ML2017_008_L76
Title Restoration of PRISCILLA
Abstract A Mersea fishing smack has been brought back to life by The Pioneer Sailing Trust based at Harker's Yard, Brightlingsea, after a four year restoration with the aid of a grant of £790,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. PRISCILLA was found abandoned in a boatyard in Bristol and the yard...
Published August 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_008_L76

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Article

Did the earth move for you too? The 1884 Earthquake.
ID COR2_006
Title Did the earth move for you too? The 1884 Earthquake.
Abstract MERSEA ISLAND WRECKED
"On the morning of 22nd April 1884, the unthinkable happened. A major earthquake struck the British Isles. In under a minute almost the entire length and breadth of England had been shaken by a violent tremor which devastated the county of Essex - its epicentre - and...
Author Pat Kirby
Published 30 December 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_006

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Article

Voyage of the SUNSHINE
ID DJG_SH1
Title Voyage of the SUNSHINE
Abstract SOME NOTABLE VOYAGES
VOYAGE OF THE "SUNSHINE'

For some years prior to 1910 a beautiful schooner yacht named "Sunshine", skippered by Capt Richard Page, invariably laid up each winter at Rickus Creek. In 1910 the schooner was purchased from its previous owner by Mr Weston...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_SH1

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Article

East Mersea School, 1905 and 1926 - Courier article
ID COR_044
Title East Mersea School, 1905 and 1926 - Courier article
Abstract BACK IN TIME - THE MERSEA PICTURE ALBUM

EAST MERSEA SCHOOL

Having shown a group photo from West Mersea school in the last issue, we thought it only fair to show similar pictures from East Mersea, their school having now become the East Mersea Village Hall. The first picture...

Author Brian Jay / Don Rainbird / Ron Green
Published July 2005
Source Mersea Museum / Mersea Island Courier
ID COR_044

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Article

Noel Beadle, 373 Battery, Royal Artillery
ID HNB
Title Noel Beadle, 373 Battery, Royal Artillery
Abstract

Mersea Island
World War II
2000 troops were stationed on the island during the threat of invasion.
The Headquarters of the Royal Army Corps Motor Boat Company was stationed nearby.
The coastal defence of the area around Mersea Island was...

Author Chris Harris
Published November 2013
Source Mersea Museum
ID HNB

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Article

NANALOA - HSL 145
ID TXA00300
Title NANALOA - HSL 145
Abstract By 2009, NANALOA, the former High Speed Launch 145, was resting at West Mersea, her hull stripped of all fittings, and barely floating at high tide. The following article was written by Pat Zierold in the 1990s and covers some of her history.

NANALOA was built in the last months of 1939, one...

Author Pat Zierold
Published c1994
Source Mersea Museum / Pam West and John Zierold
ID TXA00300

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Article

A Sailor in a Barrow
ID ML2017_006_L22
Title A Sailor in a Barrow
Abstract

MEMORY LANE From Ron Green and Tony Millatt - Mersea Island Museum.

In our May item for Mersea Life, we referred to an old newspaper cutting concerning The Nutshell and Little Timbers in The Lane. In another cutting, dating from 1906, we find an interesting tale concerning...

Author Ron Green
Published June 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_006_L22

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Article

West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
ID MMH_WMP
Title West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
Abstract It was at a spot only three miles across the Backwater Estuary at Bradwell-on-Sea that St. Cedd founded his little monastery circa 654, built the historic St. Peter's Chapel out of the remains of the Roman fort of Othona, and from there he evangelised Essex, the kingdom of the East Saxons. It is...
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_WMP

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Article

The Mersea Barrow Bones: experts confirm 'unique find'
ID COR2_026
Title The Mersea Barrow Bones: experts confirm 'unique find'
Abstract

In the dark winter days of January 2013, a mysterious, delicate package was transported by courier service from Colchester Museum to a laboratory in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Within the layers of carefully wrapped packaging lay a collection of old, partly burnt bones. But these...

Author Sue Howlett
Published 18 June 2013
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_026

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Article

Memory Lane - when we nearly lost the NUTSHELL- and LITTLE TIMBERS
ID ML2017_005_L22
Title Memory Lane - when we nearly lost the NUTSHELL- and LITTLE TIMBERS
Abstract From a newspaper cutting dated 4 November 1971 shown recently to the museum comes this report - The Nutshell - a five hundred year old smuggler's cottage owned by a baroness in Malta, stands in the way of road improvements for the well-known yachting centre.

Three members of the Highways...

Published May 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_005_L22

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Article

Memory Lane - the wall by The Square
ID ML2015_008_P69
Title Memory Lane - the wall by The Square
Abstract Continuing on with last month's Coast Road theme, for this month we feature the ornamental wall in front of The Square which was built to house a barometer...

The barometer was sold at...

Author Ron Green
Published August 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_008_P69

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Article

Memory Lane - the Victory at the bottom of The Lane.
ID ML2017_004_L85
Title Memory 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...

Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_004_L85

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Article

Memory Lane - Peggy Calver, teacher at West Mersea School
ID ML2017_003_L81_001
Title Memory Lane - Peggy Calver, teacher at West Mersea School
Abstract

Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Brunt née Calver passed away in Boston Butterfly Hospice on Saturday 11th February - her daughter's birthday. She was a teacher at West Mersea School during the war. Ron...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_003_L81_001

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Article

Mersea Life - the 'Old' Fountain
ID ML2017_002_L21
Title Mersea Life - the 'Old' Fountain
Abstract

Our local scene this month comes from a very faded postcard given to me many years ago by Mrs Ivy 'Doll' Cook née Green. The scene is the 'old' Fountain in East Road c 1908 when the inn keeper was...
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_002_L21

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Article

Memory Lane - Hadley's shops in Mill Road
ID ML2016_010_L83_001
Title Memory Lane - Hadley's shops in Mill Road
Abstract There has been considerable feedback on last month's item about shops in High Street. Memories of Hadley's shops in Mill Road have also appeared on social media.

The shop best remembered as...

Author Ron Green, Brian Jay and Tony Millatt
Published October 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_010_L83_001

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Article

Assembly Hall, East Road
ID MMH_MAH
Title Assembly Hall, East Road
Abstract

Situated in East Road on the corner of Seaview Avenue is the Assembly Hall, an attractive boarded and tiled building opened in 1910 when Mersea Island was discovered and thought to be a desirable...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MAH

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Article

Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
ID MMH_MET
Title Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
Abstract

The Wesleyan Chapel in Mill Road, West Mersea. It is now known as the Methodist Church.

Wesleyan Methodism began here, as far as can be traced, in 1832. At that time a Welsh...

Author William Chatters
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MET

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Article

East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
ID MMH_EMP
Title East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Abstract

From seawards, the gaunt square tower of St. Edmunds stands stark above the East Mersea skyline, a dominant and trusty seafarers' landmark. But perhaps the best way to introduce...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_EMP

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Article

Old City Hall in The Lane
ID MMH_OCH
Title Old City Hall in The Lane
Abstract

Many people walking down The Lane have been surprised to see a little mission hall tucked in among the houses in the oldest part of the island. They wonder at the name, "Old City Hall", a somewhat grandiose name for such a small hall; however, the name is more apt than it at...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_OCH

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Article

Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
ID MMH_CED
Title Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
Abstract Though the church is the latest to be built on the Island, its roots go back to the very beginnings of the Island's Christian heritage.
Christianity reached Essex through St. Cedd, a monk, who landed at Bradwell in AD653, at the invitation of the local King. From there Cedd proceeded with...
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_CED

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Article

Night Soil Collection
ID DJG_NSL
Title Night Soil Collection
Abstract We are very apt to take things for granted these days - I refer to the public utilities, water supplies, lighting, refuse collection, and by no means least of all, the disposal of sewage. In the mid-eighties there was no sewer in Tollesbury in Essex and the population in excess of 1,000 had...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 March 1978
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_NSL

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Article

The day the war ended
ID DJG_WWX
Title The day the war ended
Abstract During the past month (September 1979) we have been subjected to a great deal of news items by press, radio and television, regarding the "day war broke out", but the most happiest and thankful time was when it ended. I arrived home on 30th April 1945 from Europe where I had been serving in...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords ww2
Published 29 September 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_WWX

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Article

East Mersea road blocked
ID ML2016_011_L85
Title East Mersea road blocked
Abstract

A piece of World War 2 shrapnel recently landed back on Mersea - in the Museum letterbox. It came from John Simons, whose family came to live with relatives in East Mersea to escape the bombs coming down around the Chatham Dockyard in Kent. The shrapnel had originally arrived in...

Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Published November 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_011_L85

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Article

An Essex Wildfowler - John Gurton 1848-1916
ID DJG_EWF
Title An Essex Wildfowler - John Gurton 1848-1916
Abstract Hanging on the wall of the grand staircase in the Chelmsford and Essex Museum, Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, is a formidable 18th century four bore flint lock mud sledge or punt gun, reputed to have been owned and used at one time by John Gurton of Tollesbury, my grandfather, John was the second...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_EWF

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Article

100 Years Ago. Moss Cottage wedding
ID ML2016_010_L83_002
Title 100 Years Ago. Moss Cottage wedding
Abstract This happy wedding group are pictured outside Moss Cottage, Queens Corner just over 100 years ago, on September 29th 1916. Tragically both the bridgegroom Archibold Percy Green, the Best Man Henry Pullen and one other of the wedding guests were to lose their lives when their ship RFA INDUSTRY was...
Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Published October 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_010_L83_002

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Article

White Hart Darts Club coach trip
ID ML2016_001_L12_001
Title White Hart Darts Club coach trip
Abstract We have had a lot of feedback from the image published in November's edition of Mersea Life showing the happy group of Mersea Locals on a trip with the White Hart darts team by Underwoods coach. We have been asked if we can print a larger picture - so here it is.

Author Ron Green
Published January 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_001_L12_001

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Article

Memory Lane - Mersea bands
ID ML2016_008_L81
Title Memory Lane - Mersea bands
Abstract On Saturday 6th July, Wendy and I went along to Fen Farm, East Mersea to a Concert given by the Colchester Community Band themed 'Colchester Community Band goes pop'. The concert was in Ralph's tractor shed a fine new building built by Ralph Lord to house his fine collection of vintage tractors....
Published August 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_008_L81

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Article

Memory Lane - buses in the ditch
ID ML2016_007_L19
Title Memory Lane - buses in the ditch
Abstract On the 29th April last, a double decker operated by First Bus Company ended up in the ditch opposite Bonners on the Mersea Road. This is not the first time this has happened and we show two pictures of an earlier accident. In very windy weather with a South West wind the vehicles often catch a gust...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_007_L19

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Article

Memory Lane - Peldon Home Guard
ID ML2016_005_L24
Title Memory Lane - Peldon Home Guard
Abstract We continue the Home Guard theme from last month, with the Peldon Home Guard, photographed outside the Peldon Rose.

Back Row 1. Edgar Reynolds, 2. Vic Sheldrake L/Cpl, 3. Will Nicholas, 4....

Author Ron Green
Published May 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_005_L24

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Article

Memory Lane - the Home Guard
ID ML2016_004_L93_001
Title Memory Lane - the Home Guard
Abstract

I recently went to the cinema in Colchester, my first visit to the Odeon since it moved from Crouch Street. I went to see the film 'Dad's Army' because I always think the TV series is the funniest programme ever to come on television. Its a good film, but there will never be...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_004_L93_001

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Article

Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1960s
ID ML2016_003_L83_001
Title Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1960s
Abstract We have had a nice lot of feedback after last month's photo of the Union Church outing to Wannock Gardens, so here's another one, but we are not sure who organised this one . We don't have the date but it is in the 1960s. Again, it shows many of the old locals that are fondly remembered by us still...
Author Ron Green
Published March 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_003_L83_001

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Article

Memory Lane - High Street shops
ID ML2016_009_L81
Title Memory Lane - High Street shops
Abstract There has been a good deal of interest in High Street with the demolition Marfleet Lettings building and the erection of a new building in its place. The old timber framed building dated from the early 1930s and, as far as can be remembered, started life as Mr Charles Bloomfield's sweet shop. During...
Author Ron Green, Tony Millatt, Brian Jay
Published September 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_009_L81

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Article

The Old Ship Inn and City Hall
ID ML2015_005_P99
Title The Old Ship Inn and City Hall
Abstract During my eighty three years on Mersea Island, I've been to most corners and been in to a number of local buildings, I've even built a few but never had I been in to City Hall, the little chapel in The Lane.

On our Sunday tour of Mersea recently we were driving down The Lane when we saw...

Author Ron Green
Published May 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_005_P99

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Article

Zeppelin L33 at Little Wigborough.
ID DIS2016_ZEP
Title Zeppelin L33 at Little Wigborough.
Abstract Excitement came to the small village of Little Wigborough on the night of 24 September 1916, with the crash of th e German Zeppelin airship L33. The airship had been on a bombing raid over London and was returning to Germany. She was, however, hit by gunfire over the East End and she then struggled...
Source Mersea Museum
ID DIS2016_ZEP

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Article

Linda receives her MBE from Prince Charles
ID ML2016_001_L11_001
Title Linda receives her MBE from Prince Charles
Abstract On Friday, 18 December, Mrs Linda Bullen of the Catherine Bullen Foundation based in West Mersea, attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace with her family to receive an MBE from His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

The citation read 'Co-founder, the...

Published January 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_001_L11_001

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Article

East Mersea life in the early Twentieth Century
ID COR2_008
Title East Mersea life in the early Twentieth Century
Abstract

My father, Leslie James Green, was born on December 5th 1902 in the old Blue Row Cottages. He was the second son of Arthur John Green (known as Jack) and Alice Jane, née Mingay. Jack was born in the old Workhouse Cottages at Waldegraves on February 3rd 1878.

Alice...

Author Ron Green
Published 4 February 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_008

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Article

The America Cup
ID DJG_YCP
Title The America Cup
Abstract Without doubt the series of excellent articles by Mr John Leather originally submitted in connection with the "Seafarers' Window" have stimulated interest in many newcomers and revived memories for many of the older generation in the parish. It is possibly fitting to recall that the colourful...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords yachting
Published 1 March 1976
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_YCP
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