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.

Found 140 files  - displaying 101 to 140

101

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

102

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

103

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

104

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

105

Article

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

106

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

107

Article

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

108

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

109

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

110

Article

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

111

Article

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

112

Article

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

113

Article

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

114

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

115

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

116

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

117

Article

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

118

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

119

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

120

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

121

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

122

Article

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

123

Article

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

124

Article

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

125

Article

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

126

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

127

Article

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

128

Article

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

129

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

130

Article

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

131

Article

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
Page 57

132

Article

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

133

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

134

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

135

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

136

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

137

Article

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

138

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

139

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

140

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

141

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

142

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

143

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

144

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

145

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

146

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

147

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

148

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

149

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

150

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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