This database contains an index of some of the books and papers held by Mersea Museum. In some cases the database contains a complete transcription of a book or document.

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Article

Peldon Hall Cottage
ID PH01_PHC
Title Peldon Hall Cottage
Abstract In 1965 when Chris and Archie Moore bought Pink Cottage, subsequently called Peldon Hall Cottage, the village hall next door (the old 1833 school building) was being demolished. Ever resourceful, Archie bought 1000 bricks for £10 and used them to build their extension at home! There was also...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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The Wooldridges of Kemps Farm, Peldon
ID PH01_KSF
Title The Wooldridges of Kemps Farm, Peldon
Abstract From the early 1930s to the 1960s a family called the Wooldridges farmed at Kemps Farm. Maurice and Bessie Wooldridge moved to Peldon in about 1930 with their family of five, Stephen, Geoffrey, Dora, Aline and Eva. At the time of writing (September 2018), Dora is still alive, having just passed her...
Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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The Mallett Family; Sailors and Shopkeeper.
ID PH01_FLX
Title The Mallett Family; Sailors and Shopkeeper.
Abstract This month we are happy to congratulate Horace Mallet of 1, Council Houses, Mersea Road, Peldon, who will be 90 years old on 6th March - born 1884; still going strong. His father William was a sailor, but when he married, he returned to the dry land and took to thatching and other rural...
Author Elaine Barker
Published October 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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A Peldon Smuggler - Daniel Rich
ID PH01_DRH
Title A Peldon Smuggler - Daniel Rich
Abstract Tales of smuggling in Peldon always centre on the pond by the Peldon Rose where the story of a shaft down which casks were dropped and hidden, defying discovery by the Revenue men, has been retold many times.

The story told by Jane Pullen, landlady of The Peldon Rose between 1881 and...

Author Elaine Barker
Published September 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Peldon Neighbourhood News Introduction
ID PH01_PNN
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News Introduction
Abstract PELDON 1931 - 1948 Essex County Standard Neighbourhood News.

Introduction I have a book of newspaper clippings (from the Essex County Standard neighbourhood news) concerning Peldon from 1931 - 1948 passed on to Mike Watson by Pat Wyncoll. Pat's parents, Arthur and Mrs Wyncoll ne...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Peldon Neighbourhood News - Appendix 1
ID PH01_PNN_APP1
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News - Appendix 1
Abstract Appendix 1 Peldon People

PELDON PEOPLE - GEORGE SMALLWOOD

Born in Orpington, Kent, George first appears in Peldon in the 1891 census when he is described as a baker and lives in the Bake House near the School House. From the obituary below it would seem he came to Peldon about 18...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Peldon Neighbourhood News 1945 - 1948
ID PH01_PNN_1945
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1945 - 1948
Abstract Chapter 3 Peldon after the War 1945 - 1948

The Aftermath

To celebrate VE DAY there is a large congregation at St Mary's when a service of thanksgiving is held and on the following evening community singing and games in the village hall with 'outdoor illuminations'. Es...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Peldon Neighbourhood News 1939-1945
ID PH01_PNN_1939
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1939-1945
Abstract Chapter 2 Peldon during World War 2 1939-1945

Surprisingly, such a momentous occasion as Neville Chamberlain's broadcast to the nation concerning the declaration of war with Germany on 3rd September 1939 is not commented on in the neighbourhood column for Peldon but it's clear that...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Neighbourhood News 1931-1939
ID PH01_PNN_1931
Title Peldon Neighbourhood News 1931-1939
Abstract

Chapter 1 Pre - World War II 1931 - 1939

Church and chapel Entries show a village with its Church of England, St Mary the Virgin, on Church Road and the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel sited on Lower Road (where Chapelfield is now situated) at the heart of village life. Bo...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords gowan
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Bernard Ratcliffe of Little Wigborough
ID PH01_RTC
Title Bernard Ratcliffe of Little Wigborough
Abstract In almost all the pictures of L33, the Zeppelin that came down at Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough in 1916, there is a pair of little farm cottages, barely 20 yards from the wreckage, dwarfed by the 645 feet long skeleton which straddled the road. This is New Hall Cottages and Bernard Ratcliffe has...
Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Hyams - Shopkeepers of Peldon
ID PH01_HYM
Title The Hyams - Shopkeepers of Peldon
Abstract

Special Constables outside Peldon Shop after
Zeppelin came down September 1916

This picture, from 1916, shows Clem Hyam, second from right, wearing a Special Constable's armband. His...

Author Elaine Barker
Published August 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Ernest Frederick Gladwell 1890 - 1915
ID PH01_EFG
Title Ernest Frederick Gladwell 1890 - 1915
Abstract There's an entry in the Parish Register of Burials for St Mary's, Peldon, recording the burial on 15th September 1915 of a young man of 26, Ernest Frederick Gladwell. In the margin of the register the minister had written

Killed by bomb from Zeppelin in the Docks in...

Author Elaine Barker
Published August 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Clifford White Undertakers
ID ML2018_009_L21
Title Memory Lane - Clifford White Undertakers
Abstract In the last issue, I mentioned Clifford White's horse drawn hearse. Although it was last used before the War, when I started work for Clifford in 1946 it was still tucked away in the little garage by the plumber's shop. I had always hoped that it had been sold and was still in use somewhere. My...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Village Hall
ID PH01_VHL
Title Peldon Village Hall
Abstract In 1942, the Church of England School next to Peldon Church finally closed its doors and the few remaining pupils transferred to West Mersea School. Built in 1833 the school had for over 100 years played an important part in the local community offering an education to local children but also...
Author Elaine Barker
Published June 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon's Carriers and early Bus Services
ID PH01_TRS
Title Peldon's Carriers and early Bus Services
Abstract Records in the form of Trade Directories go back to early in the nineteenth century, recording, as well as a brief history of the village, church and landowners, the names of the current incumbent, the gentry, farmers and tradespeople in each village. Many of these Directories were produced by...
Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - deliveries by cart
ID ML2018_008_L21
Title Memory Lane - deliveries by cart
Abstract

Clifford White coal cart

Hector Farthing and Clifford White's coal cart

Following on from last month's article where I...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Village Stores - Dansies
ID PH01_STO
Title Peldon Village Stores - Dansies
Abstract

THE VILLAGE SHOP

We would like to wish Mr and Mrs Wyncoll a happy retirement as they settle into their new home at West Mersea. A presentation to them was received by members of the family on their behalf. Also a presentation was made to Leslie Mallett who has served...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Comyn's Charity
ID PH01_COM
Title Comyn's Charity
Abstract In a book held in the Essex Records Office, Some Record of the Parish Of Peldon Rev C R Harrison 1867 D/P287/28/6 the vicar of St Mary's Church, Peldon, the Reverend Harrison (Rector from 1855 - 1867), laments

'I have not been able to discover any early Parochial Records. Th...

Author Elaine Barker
Published July 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Mills and Millers of Peldon
ID PH01_PML
Title The Mills and Millers of Peldon
Abstract Peldon Mill, also known as Went's Mill, was a windmill situated on the north side of Mill House, east of the Colchester Road and immediately south of the junction by The Peldon Rose. It appears on the 1777 Chapman and Andre map and the Ordnance Survey one inch map of 1805 named as 'Strode Mill' and...
Author Elaine Barker
Published June 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Seaview Avenue
ID ML2018_006_L20
Title Memory Lane - Seaview Avenue
Abstract Having recently moved out of Seaview Avenue after some thirty six years, I have decided to take a peek at the avenue as it was around 1911 through the camera of William Hammond of Gt. Totham. Hammond produced some very good postcards at that time and I have chosen three which give a good insight...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Life - an ideal world ?
ID ML2018_007_L20
Title Mersea Life - an ideal world ?
Abstract I have no intention of standing for a seat on a local council, but if I did, and reading the letters that appear in local publications and notices on social media, my leaflet would have to go something like this. I would like to see all further development on Mersea stopped apart from some...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon People: The Miller Family
ID PH01_GML
Title Peldon People: The Miller Family
Abstract

Window in Peldon Church in memory of Peter Miller

The inscription at the bottom reads "In memory of Peter John Miller 1924-1998. A life of dedicated service to this parish."....

Author Elaine Barker
Published May 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Pullens of The Peldon Rose
ID PH01_RSE
Title The Pullens of The Peldon Rose
Abstract The Peldon Rose is an ancient inn that has stood for centuries on the corner just before you reach the Strood, the causeway leading to Mersea Island. It is a much altered and added to 15th century house, timber framed and plastered, with a red plain tile roof. Turn off the main road by its pond, and...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords rennie
Published May 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Sparrow Pie at The Peldon Rose
ID PH01_SPW
Title Sparrow Pie at The Peldon Rose
Abstract Both house and tree sparrows are now on the list of endangered British species but it was not always so. For centuries the huge population of sparrows caused the birds to be considered pests because of the grain they ate. With the change of farming practices and reduced nesting sites the current...
Author Elaine Barker
Published March 2018
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Evacuees come to Peldon
ID PH01_VAC
Title Evacuees come to Peldon
Abstract EVACUEES COME TO PELDON

'That night [Friday September 1st] the first trainloads of London schoolchildren steamed into St Botolph's station. Some including mothers and babies went to Shrub End and Lexden but most were taken by Eastern National buses into the country villages.'...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Sailing Club - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_165
Title Mersea Sailing Club - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The Mersea Sailing Club was founded in 1866 with Headquarters at The White Hart, then it was transferred to the houseboat EVANDRA, but it went into abeyance during the First World War. There were still several members of the original club living on the Island and it was decided to get it going...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Thoughts and Opinions of Winston Churchill - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_591
Title Thoughts and Opinions of Winston Churchill - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Found in papers after Mum's death [ by Winifred's daughter ]

Don't argue about the difficulties. The difficulties will argue for themselves.

A young man cannot expect to get far in life without getting some good smacks in the face.

You have almost had your share Ron, So...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

The Native Oyster - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_581
Title The Native Oyster - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The native oyster season of 1921 opened with a black disaster. Almost every fish in the drudges was dead when they were hauled. It all but spelt the end of an industry, a cult, a way of life, which stretched back unbroken and almost unchanged to Roman times.

Professor J.H. Orton, a Doctor...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

The Song of the Dabchicks - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_571
Title The Song of the Dabchicks - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract (Reprinted from "The Essex County Telegraph")

Lee O' I say. Four fine cups today
For Rani, Mimms, Eva and Kate;
Three pigs are for Volage and Pingle - hooray
The Ballybhoys wasn't too late.

A stands for Amorel, sailed by the Pullens;
B for Bonita and Bodkin,...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Fred Smith - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_561
Title Fred Smith - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The only bakery and oldest established firm on Mersea Island was established in 1860 and is still in the same family. Fred G. Smith, now run by Fred Smith, extremely popular and likeable. The Bakery still stands on the same site, the Windmill that used to grind all the corn from the farmers has...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Shopkeepers - Mersea Island - Oscar Whiting - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_551
Title Shopkeepers - Mersea Island - Oscar Whiting - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The established shops on the Island are run by independent families who are interested in what they sell, also interested in the people they are selling to, and as long as it isn't peak hours a little friendly chat can be thrown in, which keeps you in touch with what is happening on the Island....
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Rev. Pierrepont Edwards M.C. - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_541
Title Rev. Pierrepont Edwards M.C. - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Our Vicar was then the Rev. Pierrepont Edwards M.C., familiarly known as the fighting parson. I am not sure whether it was for his religious bliefs or his political activities, but I do know he was a great supporter of the Conservative Party and a pugilist was a useful asset when attending...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Clifford Brand - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_531
Title Clifford Brand - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Cliff Brand, a member of a well known Island family, was skipper of THOMA II, a beautiful white barge yacht. He looked stunning in his uniform of navy blue with gold buttons, he was very nice looking with red hair and had a personality to match. His owner thought the world of him and I think his...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Captain Edward Sycamore - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_521
Title Captain Edward Sycamore - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Essex has bred many famous ship's masters since the 15th century, most of them notorious for annexation and exploitation which apparently was necessary in order to build up the might of England. The ship master who used to visit us at Mersea that I know was Captain Edward Sycamore of...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Walter Mussett - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_511
Title Walter Mussett - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Walter Mussett, known as Navvy, another well known Islander who volunteered for the River Fire Service during the Second World War. His hair always seemed to stand up on end, which he said was caused by the experiences he'd had doing his duty. This reiteration certainly made his listeners stand on...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Tollesbury - Mr Hasler - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_501
Title Tollesbury - Mr Hasler - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract There are two wonderful windows in the church. The main window is known as the Seafarer's Window to record the close association between the village and the sea. In the left hand are depicted four of the famous yachts that had contested the America's Cup, yacht racing's most coveted trophy....
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Captain Goulandris - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_481
Title Captain Goulandris - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Attempted piracy in the River Blackwater. One ship, the ST GEORGE, was owned by the Goulandris brothers, one brother in command. The other brother wanted to get rid of him as he considered him too old, but this was not considered as a legitimate grievance by Captain Goulandris. His brother was quite...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Fid Harnack S.M.A. - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_471
Title Fid Harnack S.M.A. - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Fid Harnack (Society of Marine Artists) lived here and many people must be grateful to him for being able to take some scene of Mersea to hang in their homes. The following extract from "La Revue Moderne" will give you some idea of his great talent.

The La Revue Moderne extract is on...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Sam Costa - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_461
Title Sam Costa - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Sam Costa was entertained here as the guest at a luncheon party for him by the Priory Biscuit company. After lunch was over I was introduced to him - he complemented me on the excellent menu and asked me to send a drink to the cook with his compliments. I withdrew, enjoyed the drink, and returned...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Bill the Bold - a poem - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_451
Title Bill the Bold - a poem - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract We read our tales and ancient legends
Stories, songs and saga's old.
But none exceed the valiant doings
Of him we know as Bill the Bold

He. Bill Wyatt, fond of racing,
But living far from any course.
Discovered that the humble porpoise
In sport, excelled the...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Bill Wyatt - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_441
Title Bill Wyatt - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Bill Wyatt known as "The Admiral" became internationally as famous as Mersea Oysters, his father having come from Butlers Hard and started up as a shipwright when Bill was a boy. From these small beginnings it developed into a small but flourishing firm. It did'nt come easily as his policy was...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Mrs Guthrie Smith - Orleans - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_431
Title Mrs Guthrie Smith - Orleans - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Orleans

The Land Army girls had their headquarters there during the war and their efforts helped to cultivate the land by hard work amidst a war raging with death and destruction. Mrs Guthrie Smith was assisted in the development of rehabilitation apparatus by Mr Hawkins, her tenant of...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Arthur Greenwood - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_421
Title Arthur Greenwood - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Arthur Greenwood was tall and very distinguished looking, and his wife Catherine was as pretty as a Dresden China shepherdess with the bluest of eyes and a nature as sweet as her expression. They had a togetherness that made you feel good when in their presence, they gave you the feeling that they...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Lord and Lady Alexander - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_411
Title Lord and Lady Alexander - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Mr and Mrs Alexander were great friends of the Greenwoods, I always understood that this influenced them to come and settle in Mersea, buying Well House Farm from Mr Orson Wright and farming there for several years. Mr Alexander was First Lord of the Admiralty in Mr Winston Churchill's coalition...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Article

Noel and Muriel Brandon - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_401
Title Noel and Muriel Brandon - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Noel and Muriel Brandon came to live at Mersea, buying Brierley Cottage to live in and the MONGESSE, a motor boat for pleasure. They had a charming family, one girl and three boys, Muriel was just the wife for Noel, relaxed, unruffled on the surface but in complete command of any situation come...
Author Winifred Hone
Keywords MONGOOSE
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Thomas Gabriel - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_391
Title Thomas Gabriel - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Mr Thomas Gabriel of hollow spar fame lived at Saltedge with his family, one son and two daughters. One daughter married Captain Ritchie, Black Watch, who was Adjudant to the London Scottish Regiment that came to camp at Colchester. It was only natural that he would make for the Island. During...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Mrs Condon
ID WW01_381
Title Mrs Condon
Abstract Mrs Condon, who saw service in the Boer war and ran a field kitchen in the 1914-1918 war with the Russians too near for comfort, was a noble and generous person without a selfish thought in her head. Her hobbies gardening and sailing, She had two brothers, Howard a well known architect who...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Leonard Weaver - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_371
Title Leonard Weaver - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Long before 1920 Mr Leonard Weaver must have been one of the first Gospellers. On Sunday afternoon he used to hold his spiritual gathering, his pulpit a horseless cart, his temple the sky surrounded by sea and grass fields, his organ the sign of the sea. Glory Glory Hallelujah and Onward Christian...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Nice Families - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_361
Title Nice Families - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Sir Alfred and Lady Soward lived on the Island and had to suffer knowing that their eldest daughter was drowned after the torpedoing of the LUSITANIA. Lieut. E.A. Soward, their eldest son, married Alma, the daughter of an Indian Army Officer, Captain Allyster Parker and was born at sea. At a very...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley

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Captain Charles Simms - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_351
Title Captain Charles Simms - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Captain Charles Simms of the Mediterranean Fleet after his retirement visited the Industrial Fair in Germany where he was looking for a gadget to occupy him in his retirement. It was at this time stiletto heels were in fashion, made of wood and always splitting. He was interested ina small machine...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
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