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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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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The ORARI plaque
ID DJG_NZS
Title The ORARI plaque
Abstract

The article below was written by Douglas Gurton in 1976. The Hope Inn, Tollesbury, closed in 2009. The plaque is now in The Kings Head, Tollesbury.

Hanging on the wall of the...

Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 14 August 1976
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_NZS

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Article

Memories - the wartime school at The Nothe
ID LUC_SCH_007
Title Memories - the wartime school at The Nothe
Abstract As elsewhere in the country, Mersea has been looking "back at the war years. Those of you who visited the Museum last year will have seen many reminders of the Second World War, and we of a "certain age" tended to say, "Do you remember?"!

One wartime event on the Island, perhaps not...

Author Susan Luckham
Published 2006
Source Mersea Museum
ID LUC_SCH_007

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Article

Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 2.
ID COR2_017
Title Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 2.
Abstract

In March 1871 Sabine Baring Gould and his family arrived on Mersea. He was to be the rector at East Mersea for the next ten years. It is well documented that he found life in East Mersea difficult. He complained that the inhabitants of this parish were "dull, reserved, shy and...

Author David Nicholls
Published 8 June 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_017

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Article

Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1961
ID ML2016_002_L17_001
Title Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1961
Abstract For this month we have another group that went for an outing in an Underwoods Coach.

This group from the Union Church (Now the Free Church) are pictured at Wannock Gardens, Polegate, Sussex in 1961...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_002_L17_001

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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

Mersea Hero at the Somme - Back in Time Courier article
ID COR_011
Title Mersea Hero at the Somme - Back in Time Courier article
Abstract

While scanning the Pullen family album we came across a WW1 photo of Arthur David ('Dash') Pullen, the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Pullen, in the uniform of the Essex Regiment. On the back of a...
Author Brian Jay / Don Rainbird / Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum / Mersea Island Courier
ID COR_011

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Article

Tollesbury Trade and Industry
ID DJG_TAI
Title Tollesbury Trade and Industry
Abstract According to old records and maps the parish of Tollesbury covered a large area in olden times, extending as far as Tiptree Heath, which anciently was part of the great forest of Essex, to which the freeholders and tenants of surrounding parishes, including Tollesbury, had commonright for...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_TAI

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The cruise of the "Dwyn Wen"
ID DJG_DWW
Title The cruise of the "Dwyn Wen"
Abstract Shortly after the Great War a Mr T.Belilios acquired a fine spoon bowed schooner yacht named "Dwyn Wen" 150 tons, which had been built at Beaumaris, Anglesey, and appropriately enough given a Welsh name which means "White Leader". Mr Belilios the new owner had business interests in Hong Kong...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_DWW

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Article

Tollesbury Village Bygones
ID DJG_VBY
Title Tollesbury Village Bygones
Abstract Before 1914 Tollesbury had its own "Town Crier", who presumably for a small fee could be hired to announce matters of importance to the parish ranging from meetings to arrivals of coal cargoes by barge at 13/- a ton, shot down outside your house, or at 19/- (95p) if put in the coal-hole or...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_VBY

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Article

Oyster Culture and Dredging
ID DJG_OYS
Title Oyster Culture and Dredging
Abstract It is accepted locally, but not generally known that there were oyster fisheries in these parts prior to Roman times, and one historian jocularly suggested that one of the reasons which prompted Julius Caesar to invade these shores was that he had been told that the delicate and succulent...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_OYS

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Article

Tollesbury in War-time - WW1
ID DJG_WWC
Title Tollesbury in War-time - WW1
Abstract Recent publicity regarding remains of V2 rockets found near Thurslet, revives memories not only of World War II but the Great War of 1914-18 when Tollesbury was selected as a training area for infantry. On the 12th December 1914 the Essex Territorial Cyclist Battalion carried out a "sham...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 16 January 1975
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_WWC

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Those were the days - Tollesbury fishing
ID DJG_TWT
Title Those were the days - Tollesbury fishing
Abstract Reminiscences of childhood memories of over fifty years ago by Douglas Jack Gurton.

The report by the Fishery Officer on the decline of the fishing industry in this area, reminds me of the struggle of local fishermen to gain a livelihood over fifty years ago. There were 117 smacks...

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

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Mechanisation in Tollesbury
ID DJG_MEC
Title Mechanisation in Tollesbury
Abstract Mechanisation came to Tollesbury in a big way in 1919, before this reliance had to be placed on horses, sails and man. Mr George Osborne was the pioneer so far as motive transport was concerned, with the first 'bus "The Alpha", closely followed by Mr Richard Collins with one of Moore Bros'...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 17 January 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_MEC

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Article

Tollesbury sends its sons to war
ID DJG_WWB
Title Tollesbury sends its sons to war
Abstract Sunday 4th August 1914, as I remember it was a pleasantly warm sunny day. It was a time of full employaent within the village, and found the inhabitants going quietly about their daily tasks although it was the day following the Bank Holiday. During the week-end newspapers had carried headlines...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_WWB

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Article

1914 - Tollesbury
ID DJG_WWA
Title 1914 - Tollesbury
Abstract Year 1914 so far as weather was concerned was similar to present. but in other respects was most dissimilar, especially as it affected this remote village of Tollesbury. Starting off with a cold snap and fairly heavy fall of snow we children enjoyed skating on the brickfield pond and...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_WWA

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To School by Train
ID DJG_PT3
Title To School by Train
Abstract Before September 1921 local children who had gained county scholarships to either of the grammar or secondary schools at Chelmsferd or Maldon had to travel by train from Tollesbury. No local toys had sat for the entrance examinations during the Great War 1914-1918, although local girls had...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_PT3

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Public Transport - the Omnibus
ID DJG_PT2
Title Public Transport - the Omnibus
Abstract Year 1919 was a momentous time - Victory had been achieved, it was a time for rejoicing and thankfulness, but also sadness in many families. Of the some three hundred young men and women who had served in the Forces, barely two thirds returned to the village, 48 young men had died, and...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 January 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_PT2

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Public Transport - the Railway
ID DJG_PT1
Title Public Transport - the Railway
Abstract The Railway first came to Essex on the 18th June 1839 inaugurated by the "Eastern Counties Railway" first London to Norwich. Prior to that date, conveyance of passenger and goods traffic had to be effected by horse drawn coaches or carts, a long and tedious journey dependant on where one...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_PT1

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Yachting between the wars
ID DJG_YBW
Title Yachting between the wars
Abstract Yachting re-started slowly in 1919. The ravages of the four years 1914-1918 had taken their toll of both men and craft. Of the forty odd medium tonnage yachts berthed in the creeks, or hauled up into Messrs. Drake Bros' yard at Woodrolfe, Tollesbury, a number had changed hands. The beautiful...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 24 March 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_YBW

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Public Transport - the Carriers
ID DJG_CRS
Title Public Transport - the Carriers
Abstract From earliest times, Tollesbury had a transport system, be it pack horse, horse drawn litter or horse drawn wagon. Geographically situated on the edge of marshland, with no through road, and placed midway between two important towns, Colchester and Maldon, it was due to the initiative and...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_CRS

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Those were the days. Tollesbury childhood memories.
ID DJG_BIO
Title Those were the days. Tollesbury childhood memories.
Abstract "THOSE WERE THE DAYS" - Reminiscences of childhood memories of over fifty years ago

I was born on the 25th January 1908 (Robert Burns Day) at the Hope Inn, Tollesbury, and when my mother died in somewhat tragic circumstances in 1910, I was taken to live with my grandparents, John and...

Author Douglas Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_BIO

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Article

Atlantic Crossing in the SUNSHINE
ID DJG_SH2
Title Atlantic Crossing in the SUNSHINE
Abstract ATLANTIC CROSSING IN THE "SUNSHINE"

The yacht "Sunshine" sailed from Tollesbury Pier on the River Blackwater Tollesbury, Essex, on 11th April 1911 with a navigator aboard as Capt Pettican had no "ticket". There was a crew of five with Sidney Mills, the fo'cle cook and myself as...

Author Harry Redhouse
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_SH2

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Article

Crab and Winkle Express
ID DJG_CAW
Title Crab and Winkle Express
Abstract In 1902 after some few years of negotiations, a light single track railway was constructed for the Great Eastern from Kelvedon low level to Tollesbury, with intermediable stations and halts at Feering Halt, Inworth, Tiptree, Tolleshunt Knights, Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Guines Court (Halt) and...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Keywords railway
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_CAW

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Article

Village School Days
ID DJG_VSD
Title Village School Days
Abstract Over the years the village has been most fortunately favoured by the selection of headmasters, headmistresses, and teachers appointed to educate the children of the village, and we who were pupils should feel eternally grateful for the care, dedication, and knowledge imparted to us at...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_VSD

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Article

Old Time Yachts and Yachtsmen
ID DJG_OTY
Title Old Time Yachts and Yachtsmen
Abstract With the advent of Spring, longer days and occasional bursts of sunshine, the quaysides and hards will soon be hives of activity, with an influx at weekends of many small boat owners and their friends all making feverish attempts to remove the ravages of last season, and the winter weather, from...
Author Douglas Jack Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_OTY

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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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Haven of Rest
ID DJG_SHP
Title Haven of Rest
Abstract HAVEN OF REST by Douglas Gurton of Tollesbury.

Rumours were rife in the village in the early twenties that "large ocean going liners" would be coming to lay-up in the River Blackwater. As a small boy at the time I was keenly interested in this, and spent a great deal of my leisure at...

Author Douglas Gurton
Keywords carisbrook castle
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton Collection
ID DJG_SHP

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Memory Lane - Chummy at Lions Transport Show
ID ML2015_009_L10
Title Memory Lane - Chummy at Lions Transport Show
Abstract

I, together with several hundred others, went along to the Lions Summer show at Waldegraves on Saturday August 8th. I had hoped to travel in style in a vintage Eastern National bus but being unable to get there until late I only managed a short trip from the car park to the show...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_009_L10

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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...

Author Ron Green
Published August 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_008_P69

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Memory Lane - sailing barge up the Ray Channel
ID ML2015_006_P58
Title Memory Lane - sailing barge up the Ray Channel
Abstract On Thursday 23rd May, there was a unique step back in time when a sailing barge sailed all the way up Ray Channel to Shell Bungalow , Peldon.

Des Kaliszewski, a native of Heybridge Basin, has been sailing the little barge CYGNET to many remote places around the East Coast and the...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_006_P58

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Memory Lane - Hove Creek
ID ML2015_007_P63
Title Memory Lane - Hove Creek
Abstract Is it Hove, Hoov or Holve ?
Mention that name to most people nowadays and in return you will usually get a puzzled look.
Travelling down Coast Road and just before reaching the houseboats, you will drop down a short steep hill. You have just descended Hove Hill. In the past a sizeable...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_007_P63

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Mersea Past. Uncle Herbert - and more on Primrose Buses
ID ML2015_004_P57
Title Mersea Past. Uncle Herbert - and more on Primrose Buses
Abstract Herbert Green was born in the cottage opposite The Firs Farm on the 2nd of November 1898, the second son of Roland and Laura. He attended West Mersea Council School and the school register shows that he was to do a bricklaying apprenticeship when he left. I have been unable to find any evidence that...
Author Ron Green
Published April 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_004_P57
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The Cudmores, carriers of Carrier's Close
ID COR2_003
Title The Cudmores, carriers of Carrier's Close
Abstract

"Another teat for the children was to go by Carrier's Van to Colchester. The journey was long and arduous. The horse stopped at all cottage doors to collect letters to post and parcels to be delivered. The 'boy' used to run down the lanes to collect or deliver while the horse...

Author Chris Kirkman
Published 19 November 2010
Source Mersea Museum / Christine Kirkman
ID COR2_003

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Digby's Austin Chummy at Mersea Lions Transport Show
ID ML2015_004_P58
Title Digby's Austin Chummy at Mersea Lions Transport Show
Abstract A 1926 Austin Chummy car, which used to deliver paraffin for Digby's of Mersea, is set to visit the Mersea Lions Transport Show in August.

...

Author John Gradwell
Published April 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_004_P58

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Welcome back KITTY
ID ML2014_008_P60
Title Welcome back KITTY
Abstract The sailing barge KITTY will be gracing the watersports at this year's West Mersea Town Regatta. It's now over sixty years since she did this and fortunately a local photogapher took a good series of photographs on the day, many of which I have in my collection.

I believe the year...

Author Ron Green
Published August 2014
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_008_P60

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Primrose Buses - 1920 school trip to London Zoo
ID ML2015_003_P57
Title Primrose Buses - 1920 school trip to London Zoo
Abstract Following on from last months feature on the Primrose Charabancs, this month I'm featuring a trip to London Zoo in July 1920 by a group of children from West Mersea Council School on a Primrose double decker open topped bus.

The two images show the Karrier bus HK5195 preparing to leave...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_003_P57

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The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Mersea. A Brief History.
ID TXA00900
Title The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Mersea. A Brief History.
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...

Author T.B. Millatt (with later additions)
Keywords West Mersea Church
Published 11 October 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00900
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