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 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

102

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

103

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

104

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

105

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

106

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

107

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

108

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

109

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

110

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

111

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

112

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

113

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

114

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

115

Article

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

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

116

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

117

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

118

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

119

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

120

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

121

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

122

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

123

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

124

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

125

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

126

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

127

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

128

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

129

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

130

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

131

Article

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

132

Article

Stanley Hills - Founder of Mersea Museum
ID TXA02290
Title Stanley Hills - Founder of Mersea Museum
Abstract

Colchester builder, Stanley Hills, was involved with some of the town's largest projects and was also a major benefactor to his adopted home of West Mersea. He was born in Claudius Road, Colchester, in 1910 and was a pupil at Hamilton Road School before Joining his father's firm...

Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA02290

133

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - Green family
ID ML2012_007_P42
Title Mersea Bygone Days - Green family
Abstract

My great great grandfather John Green lived in a cottage next to the Fox Inn. He was an agricultural labourer and the tithe awards shows him as occupier, with others, of cottages and yards owned by James Fenn.

One of his sons Robert Chinnery married Maria Radford at...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2012_007_P42

134

Article

Mersea Bygone Days - bands
ID ML2012_006_P44
Title Mersea Bygone Days - bands
Abstract I started at West Mersea Council School as it was then called, after Easter 1937. The boy sitting next to me was a real pest and kept pulling my ears. After the first term and holiday some new children came in and I had a new partner at my desk, his name was Sidney Sherwood, a quiet friendly boy....
Author Ron Green
Published July 2012
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2012_006_P44

135

Article

Tony Stacey photograph collection
ID TXA00350
Title Tony Stacey photograph collection
Abstract Tony Stacey was a Mersea resident and a ship photographer. He died c1995 and his collection of 11,000 slides was passed to the World Ship Society.
Tony travelled widely photographing ships but also watched the local scene and we are featuring a selection of photographs from the River Blackwater...
Keywords Anthony Stacey
Published 20 February 2010
Source Mersea Museum / World Ship Society
ID TXA00350

136

Article

Beckwith's Colchester Registered Steamers
ID TXA00990
Title Beckwith's Colchester Registered Steamers
Abstract List compiled by John Collins
List of Beckwith's Colchester Registered steamers.
1880/1 ESSEX 60.19grt (39.96net) iron elliptical stern screw steamer. 80.8'x15.7'x5.8'. Engine room 16.8'. Two 'high pressure' cyls 25" bore x 10" stroke, surface condensing by G. H. Pattisson, Ne...
Author John Collins
Published 13 November 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00990

137

Article

Essex Archaeology and History
ID EAH_014_077
Title Essex Archaeology and History
Abstract The only road onto Mersea Island crosses the end of the Strood and Pyefleet channels on a causeway known as the Strood. The road has been raised over the years, but below the present road can be found oak piles which indicate the presence of a causeway here in Anglo-Saxon times. The name 'Strood' is...
Author Tony Millatt
Keywords dendro
Volume 14
Published 1982
Source Mersea Museum / Essex Archaeology and History
ID EAH_014_077
Page 77

138

Article

Fish traps in the River Blackwater
ID TXA01650
Title Fish traps in the River Blackwater
Abstract

The following is the text of a recording Ron Hall made for the Mersea Museum 2007 display on fish traps.

Fish traps or 'weirs' as they are termed locally, are to be found in many locations within the Blackwater estuary. The traps are constructed on areas that, when traps...

Author Ron L. Hall
Keywords fish trap fish weir kiddle
Published 16 June 2007
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA01650

139

Article

Mersea Island: the 11th-century Boundaries; *** King Edward Charter
ID EAH_014_087
Title Mersea Island: the 11th-century Boundaries; *** King Edward Charter
Abstract Deramy's Stone stands on the boundary between East and West Mersea. The plaque below the stone (erected in January 1975) says the stone marks the Boundary of the Manor of West Mersea granted by King Edward the Confessor to the Monastery of St. Ouen in 1046. However, there is much doubt about...
Author Tony Millatt
Keywords Deremy's, Deramy's, Deramy, Deremy
Volume 14
Published 1982
Source Mersea Museum / Essex Archaeology and History
ID EAH_014_087
Page 87

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Article

Yacht ERIDANI 2 built Wyatt Mersea 1957-1959
ID TXA00070
Title Yacht ERIDANI 2 built Wyatt Mersea 1957-1959
Abstract In March 2009, the Museum had an enquiry from two brothers who were about to embark on the restoration of a Yacht called ERIDANI 2. They knew she was built in West Mersea by William Wyatt between 1957 and 1959. She was designed by a man called John Sloggett and has a Lloyds registration number....
Published 7 March 2009
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00070

141

Article

Baring-Gould's novel Mehalah features Red Hall on the marshes. Did it exist?
ID TXA00710
Title Baring-Gould's novel Mehalah features Red Hall on the marshes. Did it exist?
Abstract Red Hall in Mehalah
An enquiry to the Museum said "I have been studying Baring-Gould's Mehalah and I am interested in sites related to the novel. "I was wondering if there is (or was) a real-world equivalent to what the novel calls Red Hall. The novel says that the reclaimed salting of Re...
Author Tony Millatt
Published 31 July 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00710

142

Article

Old anchor at Mersea Museum
ID TXA00310
Title Old anchor at Mersea Museum
Abstract The anchor in the entrance drive to Mersea Museum was recovered from the Barrow Deep by Mersea fisherman Pat Mead in 1977. Pat says the anchor was caught below the Mid Barrow on the Sunk side and it had 10 fathoms of tarred rope hawser attached. He was on the OAKLEIGH with Carl Seeley as crew. The...
Author Tony Millatt
Published 15 September 2009
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00310

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Article

Tim Whelpton - lived on a houseboat before the War
ID TXA00200
Title Tim Whelpton - lived on a houseboat before the War
Abstract Tim Whelpton died March 2009 at the age of 80. He came from a sailing family, in which his doctor grandfather had a fleet of fishing smacks based in Essex. Tim's father, a master mariner, went to sea in square-rigged sailing ships and had circumnavigated the world seven times before he was...
Author Tony Millatt
Published 22 May 2009
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00200
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