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

Mersea Charabancs
ID ML2015_002_P59
Title Mersea Charabancs
Abstract

One of the visitors to our museum's resource centre on Saturday 17th January was Lion John Gradwell. He is already working on the 2015 Lions Festival and in particicular the vintage vehicle display. The purpose of his visit was to find what the museum had on Edgar Potter...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_002_P59

52

Article

West Mersea toilets
ID ML2015_001_P52
Title West Mersea toilets
Abstract An article written for Mersea Life, January 2015.

I'm sure most of us in West Mersea are very concerned to hear that Colchester Borough Council plan to close three of our four public conveniences. In order to save themselves money, they want West Mersea Town Council to take them...

Author Ron Green
Published January 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_001_P52

53

Article

Mersea Past - Mersea Island during the War.
ID ML2014_012_P66
Title Mersea Past - Mersea Island during the War.
Abstract I am often asked what it was like to be on Mersea Island thoughout the war.

As a schoolboy, my answer is that mainly it was good fun. Our parents had all of the worries but for us there was always something going on of interest.

There were aircraft going over and they...

Author Ron Green
Published December 2014
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_012_P66

54

Article

Mersea in August
ID ML2014_009_P60
Title Mersea in August
Abstract My Cousin who lives in Ongar says 'There is always something going on in Mersea' and August was certainy no exception. The first week-end, as always, saw a clash between the Five Parishes Show on the Fingringhoe Ranges and the East Mersea Fete and Art Show.

As Wendy and I put in...

Author Ron Green
Published September 2014
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_009_P60

55

Article

Mersea Past - Marjorie Costello, Postmen and Postladies
ID ML2014_007_P51
Title Mersea Past - Marjorie Costello, Postmen and Postladies
Abstract Recently one of Mersea's oldest inhabitants passed away, Mrs Marjorie Costello was 103 years old and was born in Peldon as Marjorie Hyam.

She was about the last person to remember the German Zeppelin crashing at Little Wigborough during the First World War on 24 September...

Author Ron Green
Published July 2014
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_007_P51

56

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

57

Article

Sailing barges up the Rhine
ID ML2014_005_P61
Title Sailing barges up the Rhine
Abstract With this year, 2014, being the one hundreth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, our museum is putting on an exhibition as part of our summer show.

One of the features is to record those who took part and were fortunate enough to return - some showing the signs of...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_005_P61

58

Article

Yes, Mersea Really did have a railway.
ID ML2014_003_P58
Title Yes, Mersea Really did have a railway.
Abstract

There has been some uncertainty in recent issues Mersea Life as to whether Mersea ever did have a railway.

I have in my collection, the old photo above, showing a...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2014
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_003_P58

59

Article

More Abberton Bakery
ID ML2014_002_P55_002
Title More Abberton Bakery
Abstract

Since writing the article about Abberton Barkery in December Mersea LIFE, I have received more details from Mr Alan Smith.

Alan is the son of the late Frederick Smith, the last Smith Family owner of West Mersea Bakery. Alan had expected to follow his father into the...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2014
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_002_P55_002

60

Article

The Last Post
ID ML2014_002_P55_001
Title The Last Post
Abstract

Over a century ago, a fence was erected along the elevated section of Coast Road. This consisted of cast iron posts connected with steel tubing. Over the years, sections have been removed until...

Author Ron Green
Published February 2014
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_002_P55_001

61

Article

West Mersea's early developer
ID ML2014_001_P47
Title West Mersea's early developer
Abstract

In the early part of the last century Leonard Weaver planned a large developement for West Mersea which he named the Fairhaven Estate. It included a Temperance Hotel and a statue of Queen Victoria on the Victoria Esplanade. The developement was well under way when the first world...

Author Ron Green
Published January 2014
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2014_001_P47

62

Article

Abberton Bakery
ID ML2013_012_P54
Title Abberton Bakery
Abstract

I recently received a telephone call from Terry Slowgrove, owner of Abberton Bakery informing me that it had been sold and the new owner was clearing it out that day. Would I like to come over and take anything we would like for our Mersea...

Author Ron Green
Published December 2013
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2013_012_P54

63

Article

Stackie Barges (The Hay Barges)
ID ML2013_011_P45
Title Stackie Barges (The Hay Barges)
Abstract

I have always had a keen interest in local working craft in the days of sail, in particular the barges that loaded large stacks of hay and straw for delivery to London in the days when much of London's traffic was horse drawn - including the buses. Both of my grandfathers served...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2013
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2013_011_P45

64

Article

School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part Two
ID ML2013_006_P47
Title School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part Two
Abstract

With the evacuees leaving the island we had our school back full time. The young male teachers Mr Reason, Mr Burt, Mr Davies all went of into the services. I understand Mr Hucklesby was at our school for a short time before going off into the services but I don't remember him...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2013_006_P47

65

Article

School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part One
ID ML2013_005_P41
Title School Days at Mersea in the War Years Part One
Abstract

I started my education at West Mersea Council School, Barfield Road in the spring of 1937. I was a very reluctant starter and after several failed attempts my father loaded me on to the back seat of his bicycle in the pretence of going to East Mersea to visit Auntie Nellie. We...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2013_005_P41

66

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 6
ID ML2013_004_047
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 6
Abstract

Now concluding my look at old Mersea shops, we can take a look at what were probably the first purpose built shops on the island.

The first picture shows a busy scene...

Author Ron Green
Published April 2013
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2013_004_047

67

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 3
ID ML2013_001_047
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 3
Abstract

Having left High Street last month, we will take a few steps into High Street North and Clem Smith's greengrocers on the corner of Mersea Avenue

Clem was another local shopkeeper who was a local councillor and could often get quite excited about certain issues. I...

Author Ron Green
Published January 2013
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2013_001_047
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Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 2.
ID ML2012_012_P48
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 2.
Abstract As we left Arthur Cock's butcher's shop in part one, we head off down Yorick Road past a garden plot where Glennie Cock later built a pair of shops he named Mersea Stores. The next shop past this plot was Charlie Williamson's newsagents and toy shop. He also published and sold postcards. Charlie's...
Author Ron Green
Published December 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2012_012_P48

69

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 1.
ID ML2012_011_P47
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Old Mersea Shops Part 1.
Abstract

My early memories of Mersea shops comes from the mid 1930s when we lived in Barfield Road and my mother used to take me with her when she went shopping in my pre-school days. Then later when I left school in 1946 and started working for builder Clifford White & Co. As the 'Boy' I...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2012_011_P47

70

Article

Proud of our tradition
ID ML2012_011_P10
Title Proud of our tradition
Abstract My family are very proud of our Poppy tradition, and thought you might be interested in our history.

The "powers that be" in East Mersea in 1933 were looking for someone to take the poppies from door to door. The only person to show an interest was a 13 year old girl called Peggie...

Author Wenda Lord
Published November 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2012_011_P10

71

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Farming
ID ML2012_010_P41
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Farming
Abstract

The outbreak of war in 1939 found many farms in Mersea and much of the rest of Britain in a run down state with many fields not seeing the plough for many years. Cheap imports of foreign grain made it impossible for our farmers to compete. With the ships bringing in this grain now...

Author Ron Green
Published October 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2012_010_P41

72

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Mersea men on the barges.
ID ML2012_009_P42
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Mersea men on the barges.
Abstract

One hundred or so years ago the sailing barge was a common sight around Mersea Island, tucked into various creeks and quays around the island collecting corn, hay, straw etc and delivering manure to the farms. Many an old photograph of The Strood shows a stackie barge. In those days...

Author Ron Green
Published September 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2012_009_P42

73

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

74

Article

William Wyatt
ID DIS2013_RRD
Title William Wyatt
Abstract

William Wyatt was born on Mersea in 1865. He was registered as John William Wyatt and was usually known as Bill. Later he was given the nickname of Admiral following the Mersea tradition...

Author Rosemary Rainbird
Keywords Admiral
Published 15 January 2013
Source Mersea Museum
ID DIS2013_RRD

75

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 this year, 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

76

Article

Save the Barrow - article from Mersea Island Courier.
ID COR2_023
Title Save the Barrow - article from Mersea Island Courier.
Abstract

Barrow, what barrow?


View of the Barrow from Dawes Lane

Every islander knows the Mersea Barrow - or do they? For nearly two thousand ye...

Author Pat Kirby
Keywords Mersea Mound mount
Published 21 March 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_023

77

Article

The Old City Cottage: A Museum Favourite
ID COR2_022
Title The Old City Cottage: A Museum Favourite
Abstract


The Cottage, Mersea Museum. Photo Mike L. Davies.

"I remember using those!" and "Granny had these on her mantelpiece" or "We found one of those in...

Author Judith Kirkby
Published 17 August 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_022

78

Article

The Tudor Fort at East Mersea.
ID COR2_020
Title The Tudor Fort at East Mersea.
Abstract

Many islanders are familiar with Mersea's surviving military defences - the concrete pill-boxes and crumbling gun placements built 70 years ago to guard against Nazi invasion. But these very visible features are not the only evidence of the island's role in times of war, whether...

Author Sue Howlett
Published 20 July 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_020

79

Article

Sailing barges working to West Mersea Hard.
ID COR2_019
Title Sailing barges working to West Mersea Hard.
Abstract


1. CLIFF.

We have recently seen the sailing barge DAWN reviving a trade which was a common sight around one hundred years ago, when she loaded a stack of straw at Abbotts Hall...

Author Ron Green
Published 6 July 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_019

80

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

81

Article

Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 1.
ID COR2_016
Title Ray Island and the legacy of Mehalah - part 1.
Abstract

The first of two pieces by David Nicholls, Essex Wildlife Trust warden at Ray Island.

In 1970 the National Trust bought Ray Island. This was the Trust's first purchase of any property on the Essex coast, persuaded by a group of local people led by Alec Grant. This...

Author David Nicholls
Published 27 May 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_016

82

Article

If you can't eat it, you can buy it at Digby's
ID COR2_015
Title If you can't eat it, you can buy it at Digby's
Abstract The picture of Digby's shop around 1910 which accompanied this article is no longer available on www.merseamuseum.org.uk . It is available in Brian Jay's book Mersea Memories, available from the Museum Shop.

The business originally known as Digby Brothers was started...

Author Brian Jay
Keywords PORT ERROL
Published 13 May 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_015

83

Article

A Winter's Tale: behind the scenes at the museum
ID COR2_014
Title A Winter's Tale: behind the scenes at the museum
Abstract

"I suppose you can all have a rest now" is a comment I have heard when the museum closes its doors at the end of September. So what happens when the main hall is cleared to make room for the winter meetings, art shows and fairs? As we get ready to open for the summer season on...

Author Joanne Godfrey
Published 29 April 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_014

84

Article

A Mersea brickie for sixty-five years and counting
ID COR2_013
Title A Mersea brickie for sixty-five years and counting
Abstract

I left West Mersea Council School at Easter 1946 at the age of fourteen to start work with local builder Clifford White & Co. I was to do a bricklaying apprenticeship but was u ble to start officially until aged fifteen. I started on a new bungalow being built in Fenn Farm...

Author Ron Green
Published 15 April 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_013

85

Article

The unsolved mystery of Mersea's skeletons
ID COR2_012
Title The unsolved mystery of Mersea's skeletons
Abstract

...

Author Pat Kirby
Published 1 April 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_012

86

Article

Barfield Road in the 1930s
ID COR2_011
Title Barfield Road in the 1930s
Abstract


The old council houses in Barfield Road, West Mersea. Beyond is the chemist's Shop, and on the right is Clifford White's yard. The photo is dated 1944.

I was born in...

Author Ron Green
Published 18 March 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_011

87

Article

How we were - Mersea people 350 years ago!
ID COR2_010
Title How we were - Mersea people 350 years ago!
Abstract

Family historians visiting Mersea Museum's new Resource Centre, on Saturday open days over the last few months, have made a beeline for the new computers. Here, if successful, they can 'meet their ancestors'. On the computers, are hundreds of pages of information and images, where...

Author Sue Howlett
Published 4 March 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_010

88

Article

What's under your garden ?
ID COR2_009
Title What's under your garden ?
Abstract

In 2006 we were approached at the museum by a team of Cambridge archaeologists, with a view to digging some test pits in Mersea. The team was from the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) under the leadership of Carenza Lewis who some people will remember from Channel 4's Time Team...

Author Chris Kirkman
Published 18 February 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_009

89

Article

When Mammoths and Bears roamed
ID COR2_007
Title When Mammoths and Bears roamed
Abstract

So, what about GEOLOGY? No museum should be without its fossils, and Mersea Museum has a few, although not displayed as such. Some years ago a committee member was able to identify and display a collection of fossilised bones. However, when she left, no-one felt able to take this...

Author Vicki Packard
Keywords Richard Bedford
Published 22 January 2011
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_007

90

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

91

Article

Roly Green, the gardener at Shameen
ID COR2_005
Title Roly Green, the gardener at Shameen
Abstract


Shameen, circa 1924

Shameen was a large house built about 100 years ago at the end of Seaview Avenue, close to the beach.

My maternal grandfather Roland 'Roly'...

Author Ron Green
Published 17 December 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_005

92

Article

Stuffed birds to be put in cold storage.
ID COR2_004
Title Stuffed birds to be put in cold storage.
Abstract

WILDLIFE EXHIBITS

The time has come to renovate the museum's  tural history section. Most of the wildlife displays in the museum consist of stuffed and mo...

Author David Nicholls
Published 3 December 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_004

93

Article

If it wasn't the Romans, who built the Strood ?
ID COR2_002
Title If it wasn't the Romans, who built the Strood ?
Abstract

It is often suggested that the Strood, Mersea's ancient causeway, was built by the Romans. Tales abound of a ghostly Roman centurion, pacing the Strood on stormy nights. However, when Romans first arrived on Mersea in the 1st century AD, sea levels were considerably lower than...

Author Sue Howlett
Published 5 November 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_002

94

Article

Pulling them in with zips, bones and hooks
ID COR2_001
Title Pulling them in with zips, bones and hooks
Abstract

After the doors of Hadley's Ladies' Outfitters in Mill Road closed for the last time in March 2002, Mersea Museum received an unusual donation - fifteen pieces of assorted corsetry, most dating...
Author Joanne Godfrey
Published 22 October 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_001

95

Article

West Mersea Parish Church Tower
ID TXA00330
Title West Mersea Parish Church Tower
Abstract By the late 1940s, the 11th century West Mersea church tower was in a very bad state. There were large holes in the stonework, where dozens of jackdaws nested. In 1951 local builder Clifford White & Co submitted an estimate for extensive repair work in the sum of £1,260 which was accepted, and...
Author Ron Green
Keywords NRD
Published January 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00330

96

Article

The man who dug the Mersea Barrow
ID COR2_024
Title The man who dug the Mersea Barrow
Abstract

On 16th April, 1912, a sprightly gentleman, resplendent in plus-fours and a bushy walrus moustache, alighted from a Great Eastern steam train at Colchester Station, en route to Mersea Island. His desti tion was Fairhaven House, still standing today in Seaview Avenue, where he...

Author Sue Howlett
Published May 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_024

97

Article

How the Lifeboat Started
ID RNLI_HIS
Title How the Lifeboat Started
Abstract A short history of the lifeboat at West Mersea to go with its 50th anniversary in 2013.

The RNLI lifeboat service in Mersea was formed in 1963 and so is 50 years old this year. We were one of the first stations to use inflatable 'D Class' lifeboats, making the Inshore Lifeboat service or...

Author Martin Wade.
Source Mersea Museum / Martin Wade
ID RNLI_HIS

98

Article

Typhoon aircraft salvaged from Blackwater.
ID CDC_TYP
Title Typhoon aircraft salvaged from Blackwater.
Abstract

Mersea fishermen often had damaged nets from a 'fast' in the River, and eventually Mike Lungley persuaded divers to go down, see what was there, and to try and salvage it. A barge was used as a base and a number of divers were involved.

The wreck of the aircraft contained...

Source Mersea Museum / Karen Kallaby
ID CDC_TYP

99

Article

The Salcott Murder of 1890
ID JMO_SAL_101
Title The Salcott Murder of 1890
Abstract

"FRIGHTFUL MURDER AT SALCOT"
"A FARMER SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN KILLED BY HIS NEPHEW"
"THE BODY TIED IN A SACK"

Joseph Leatherdale was born on 3rd March 1822 at Chappel, Essex. As a boy, he worked as a labourer for his father Thomas, who farmed at...

Author John Moore
Published 2013
Source Mersea Museum
ID JMO_SAL_101

100

Article

An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
ID LZB_PAP_011
Title An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
Abstract

An Epiphany East Window and Maimonides
After the end of the Great War 1914 - 1918 the family of Ernest Arthur Lazarus Barlow gave the parish church of St Edmund King and Martyr East Mersea an East Window celebrating the feast of the Epiphany. At the top, scarcely vi...

Author J.H.G. Sunnucks
Published 19 February 2004
Source Mersea Museum / Lazarus Barlow Papers
ID LZB_PAP_011
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