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 51 to 100

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Article

Peldon - the 1953 Flood
ID PH01_FLD
Title Peldon - the 1953 Flood
Abstract

For hundreds of years there has been an ongoing battle trying to defend the Essex coastal marshlands against inundation by high tides. Although we focus on the 1953 floods, being within living memory, they were preceded by previous inundations notably, in the last hundred...

Author Elaine Barker
Published 5 March 2018
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project
ID PH01_FLD

52

Article

The Peldon Vulture
ID PH01_VTR
Title The Peldon Vulture
Abstract

Egyptian Vulture. Photo from Royal Pavilion and Museums, Brighton and Hove.

There are numerous references to the rare sighting (and shooting) of an Egyptian Vulture...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project
ID PH01_VTR

53

Article

Peldon Chapel
ID PH01_PMC
Title Peldon Chapel
Abstract

The congregation outside Peldon Chapel around 1945.
Photo: Pat Wyncoll (the little boy in the foreground)

Peldon Chapel was built on the North side of Lower Road, Peldon...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project
ID PH01_PMC

54

Article

Memory Lane - One hundred years of bus service to Peldon Village.
ID ML2018_002_L19
Title Memory Lane - One hundred years of bus service to Peldon Village.
Abstract Peldon village has enjoyed a bus service now for over one hundred years. The changes being made by First Bus from February 18th will reduce that service to evenings and Sundays only. Those services continue under contract with Essex County Council and are not affected. The earliest motor bus to...
Published February 2018
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2018_002_L19

55

Article

Memory Lane - rising tides ?
ID ML2018_001_L21
Title Memory Lane - rising tides ?
Abstract

We are often led to believe that the tides cover the Strood more often than they used to and are getting bigger. I think the ever increasing amount of traffic could give that impression. The...

Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2018_001_L21

56

Article

Mersea Island Trust
ID MCT_002
Title Mersea Island Trust
Abstract

The following article was written by J.H.G. Sunnucks for Mistral Magazine in 1995

1995 saw the 30th anniversary of the opening by Miss Akhurst of the first "sheltered" accommodation on the Island. There must be many varied memories of how it all began, but this is how the...

Author J.H.G. Sunnucks
Published 1995
Source Mersea Museum
ID MCT_002

57

Article

Preserving Mersea's oldest roads
ID COR2_027
Title Preserving Mersea's oldest roads
Abstract It was heartening to read in Courier no. 666 of the Strood Charity's generous donation to Mersea Island Museum, towards the preservation and display of timbers from an ancient Bronze Age walkway. Discovered in the mud off Cooper's Beach by Oysterman, Daniel French, the surviving 4-metre section of...
Author Sue Howlett
Published 11 November 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID COR2_027

58

Article

Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 2
ID ML2017_011_L32
Title Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 2
Abstract By Ron Green with Tony Millatt and Brian Jay Mersea Island Museum

We continue the history of Orleans, the large house by the Monkey Beach in West Mersea.

At the end of the 19th Century, Orleans belonged to Thomas Gilbert a wealthy gentleman who was a JP, Churchwarden, Captain of...

Author Ron Green
Published November 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_011_L32

59

Article

Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 1
ID ML2017_010_L22
Title Memory Lane - The History of Orleans Part 1
Abstract By Ron Green with Tony Millatt and Brian Jay Mersea Island Museum

Recently, a lady visitor to Mersea noticed while walking along the Monkey beach, an ornamental metal gate in the wall of New Orleans garden. She wanted to find out about the old house Orleans which stood in the grounds...

Author Ron Green
Published October 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_010_L22

60

Article

In the Mud
ID TXA03380
Title In the Mud
Abstract 2017 was an exciting year along the Mersea shore. In 2016, CITiZAN (Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Network) visited the island and looked more deeply into some things we thought we already knew about. About the same time local oystermen were making interesting finds and it became clear...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA03380

61

Article

Restoration of PRISCILLA
ID ML2017_008_L76
Title Restoration of PRISCILLA
Abstract A Mersea fishing smack has been brought back to life by The Pioneer Sailing Trust based at Harker's Yard, Brightlingsea, after a four year restoration with the aid of a grant of £790,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund. PRISCILLA was found abandoned in a boatyard in Bristol and the yard...
Published August 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_008_L76

62

Article

A Sailor in a Barrow
ID ML2017_006_L22
Title A Sailor in a Barrow
Abstract

MEMORY LANE From Ron Green and Tony Millatt - Mersea Island Museum.

In our May item for Mersea Life, we referred to an old newspaper cutting concerning The Nutshell and Little Timbers in The Lane. In another cutting, dating from 1906, we find an interesting tale concerning...

Author Ron Green
Published June 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_006_L22

63

Article

Memory Lane - when we nearly lost the NUTSHELL- and LITTLE TIMBERS
ID ML2017_005_L22
Title Memory Lane - when we nearly lost the NUTSHELL- and LITTLE TIMBERS
Abstract From a newspaper cutting dated 4 November 1971 shown recently to the museum comes this report - The Nutshell - a five hundred year old smuggler's cottage owned by a baroness in Malta, stands in the way of road improvements for the well-known yachting centre.

Three members of the Highways...

Published May 2017
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_005_L22

64

Article

Memory Lane - the Victory at the bottom of The Lane.
ID ML2017_004_L85
Title Memory Lane - the Victory at the bottom of The Lane.
Abstract

Our Museum is getting a constant flow of interesting old pictures etc. Out of the blue, Chris Burrows from Whitstable has emailed this fine image of the 'old' Victory. Comparing it with a postcard of...

Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_004_L85

65

Article

Memory Lane - Peggy Calver, teacher at West Mersea School
ID ML2017_003_L81_001
Title Memory Lane - Peggy Calver, teacher at West Mersea School
Abstract

Mrs Margaret (Peggy) Brunt née Calver passed away in Boston Butterfly Hospice on Saturday 11th February - her daughter's birthday. She was a teacher at West Mersea School during the war. Ron...

Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_003_L81_001

66

Article

Mersea Life - the 'Old' Fountain
ID ML2017_002_L21
Title Mersea Life - the 'Old' Fountain
Abstract

Our local scene this month comes from a very faded postcard given to me many years ago by Mrs Ivy 'Doll' Cook née Green. The scene is the 'old' Fountain in East Road c 1908 when the inn keeper was...
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2017_002_L21

67

Article

East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
ID MMH_EMP
Title East Mersea Parish Church of St Edmund, King and Martyr
Abstract

From seawards, the gaunt square tower of St. Edmunds stands stark above the East Mersea skyline, a dominant and trusty seafarers' landmark. But perhaps the best way to introduce...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_EMP

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Article

West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
ID MMH_WMP
Title West Mersea Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul
Abstract It was at a spot only three miles across the Backwater Estuary at Bradwell-on-Sea that St. Cedd founded his little monastery circa 654, built the historic St. Peter's Chapel out of the remains of the Roman fort of Othona, and from there he evangelised Essex, the kingdom of the East Saxons. It is...
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_WMP

69

Article

Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
ID MMH_MTG
Title Strict Baptist Meeting House, East Mersea
Abstract

Travelling eastwards along the road from West to East Mersea you see a turning to the left named "Meeting Lane"; if you go down the lane you will not now find any clues as to where meetings were held...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MTG

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Article

Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
ID MMH_CED
Title Roman Catholic Church of St Cedd and St Gregory.
Abstract Though the church is the latest to be built on the Island, its roots go back to the very beginnings of the Island's Christian heritage.
Christianity reached Essex through St. Cedd, a monk, who landed at Bradwell in AD653, at the invitation of the local King. From there Cedd proceeded with...
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_CED

71

Article

Old City Hall in The Lane
ID MMH_OCH
Title Old City Hall in The Lane
Abstract

Many people walking down The Lane have been surprised to see a little mission hall tucked in among the houses in the oldest part of the island. They wonder at the name, "Old City Hall", a somewhat grandiose name for such a small hall; however, the name is more apt than it at...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_OCH

72

Article

Assembly Hall, East Road
ID MMH_MAH
Title Assembly Hall, East Road
Abstract

Situated in East Road on the corner of Seaview Avenue is the Assembly Hall, an attractive boarded and tiled building opened in 1910 when Mersea Island was discovered and thought to be a desirable...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MAH

73

Article

Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
ID MMH_CGU
Title Congregational Baptist Chapel - Union - Free Church
Abstract West Mersea Free Church, Mill Road
Formerly Union Church, (Congregational & Baptist).

It was in the year of the battle of Trafalgar that a local landowner and oyster merchant, Mr Bennett...

Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_CGU

74

Article

Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
ID MMH_MET
Title Wesleyan Chapel - Methodist Church
Abstract

The Wesleyan Chapel in Mill Road, West Mersea. It is now known as the Methodist Church.

Wesleyan Methodism began here, as far as can be traced, in 1832. At that time a Welsh...

Author William Chatters
Source Mersea Museum
ID MMH_MET

75

Article

Zeppelin L33 at Little Wigborough.
ID DIS2016_ZEP
Title Zeppelin L33 at Little Wigborough.
Abstract Excitement came to the small village of Little Wigborough on the night of 24 September 1916, with the crash of th e German Zeppelin airship L33. The airship had been on a bombing raid over London and was returning to Germany. She was, however, hit by gunfire over the East End and she then struggled...
Source Mersea Museum
ID DIS2016_ZEP

76

Article

East Mersea road blocked
ID ML2016_011_L85
Title East Mersea road blocked
Abstract

A piece of World War 2 shrapnel recently landed back on Mersea - in the Museum letterbox. It came from John Simons, whose family came to live with relatives in East Mersea to escape the bombs coming down around the Chatham Dockyard in Kent. The shrapnel had originally arrived in...

Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Published November 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_011_L85

77

Article

100 Years Ago. Moss Cottage wedding
ID ML2016_010_L83_002
Title 100 Years Ago. Moss Cottage wedding
Abstract This happy wedding group are pictured outside Moss Cottage, Queens Corner just over 100 years ago, on September 29th 1916. Tragically both the bridgegroom Archibold Percy Green, the Best Man Henry Pullen and one other of the wedding guests were to lose their lives when their ship RFA INDUSTRY was...
Author Ron Green and Tony Millatt
Published October 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_010_L83_002

78

Article

Memory Lane - Hadley's shops in Mill Road
ID ML2016_010_L83_001
Title Memory Lane - Hadley's shops in Mill Road
Abstract There has been considerable feedback on last month's item about shops in High Street. Memories of Hadley's shops in Mill Road have also appeared on social media.

The shop best remembered as...

Author Ron Green, Brian Jay and Tony Millatt
Published October 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_010_L83_001

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Article

Memory Lane - High Street shops
ID ML2016_009_L81
Title Memory Lane - High Street shops
Abstract There has been a good deal of interest in High Street with the demolition Marfleet Lettings building and the erection of a new building in its place. The old timber framed building dated from the early 1930s and, as far as can be remembered, started life as Mr Charles Bloomfield's sweet shop. During...
Author Ron Green, Tony Millatt, Brian Jay
Published September 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_009_L81

80

Article

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

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

Author Susan Luckham
Published 2006
Source Mersea Museum
ID LUC_SCH_007

81

Article

Memory Lane - Mersea bands
ID ML2016_008_L81
Title Memory Lane - Mersea bands
Abstract On Saturday 6th July, Wendy and I went along to Fen Farm, East Mersea to a Concert given by the Colchester Community Band themed 'Colchester Community Band goes pop'. The concert was in Ralph's tractor shed a fine new building built by Ralph Lord to house his fine collection of vintage tractors....
Published August 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_008_L81

82

Article

Memory Lane - buses in the ditch
ID ML2016_007_L19
Title Memory Lane - buses in the ditch
Abstract On the 29th April last, a double decker operated by First Bus Company ended up in the ditch opposite Bonners on the Mersea Road. This is not the first time this has happened and we show two pictures of an earlier accident. In very windy weather with a South West wind the vehicles often catch a gust...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_007_L19

83

Article

Memory Lane - Peldon Home Guard
ID ML2016_005_L24
Title Memory Lane - Peldon Home Guard
Abstract We continue the Home Guard theme from last month, with the Peldon Home Guard, photographed outside the Peldon Rose.

Back Row 1. Edgar Reynolds, 2. Vic Sheldrake L/Cpl, 3. Will Nicholas, 4....

Author Ron Green
Published May 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_005_L24

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Article

Memory Lane - the Home Guard
ID ML2016_004_L93_001
Title Memory Lane - the Home Guard
Abstract

I recently went to the cinema in Colchester, my first visit to the Odeon since it moved from Crouch Street. I went to see the film 'Dad's Army' because I always think the TV series is the funniest programme ever to come on television. Its a good film, but there will never be...

Author Ron Green
Published March 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_004_L93_001

85

Article

Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1960s
ID ML2016_003_L83_001
Title Memory Lane - outing to Wannock Gardens 1960s
Abstract We have had a nice lot of feedback after last month's photo of the Union Church outing to Wannock Gardens, so here's another one, but we are not sure who organised this one . We don't have the date but it is in the 1960s. Again, it shows many of the old locals that are fondly remembered by us still...
Author Ron Green
Published March 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_003_L83_001

86

Article

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

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

Author Ron Green
Published February 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_002_L17_001

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Article

Linda receives her MBE from Prince Charles
ID ML2016_001_L11_001
Title Linda receives her MBE from Prince Charles
Abstract On Friday, 18 December, Mrs Linda Bullen of the Catherine Bullen Foundation based in West Mersea, attended an investiture at Buckingham Palace with her family to receive an MBE from His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales.

The citation read 'Co-founder, the...

Published January 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_001_L11_001

88

Article

White Hart Darts Club coach trip
ID ML2016_001_L12_001
Title White Hart Darts Club coach trip
Abstract We have had a lot of feedback from the image published in November's edition of Mersea Life showing the happy group of Mersea Locals on a trip with the White Hart darts team by Underwoods coach. We have been asked if we can print a larger picture - so here it is.

Author Ron Green
Published January 2016
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2016_001_L12_001

89

Article

Memory Lane - Underwoods Garage
ID ML2015_010_L59
Title Memory Lane - Underwoods Garage
Abstract

Underwoods Garage in Kingsland Road closed on the 1st October 2015. It was built in the 1930s when Philip Underwood moved his business from East Mersea.

The first photograph...
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_010_L59

90

Article

Memory Lane - Underwoods Coaches
ID ML2015_011_L66
Title Memory Lane - Underwoods Coaches
Abstract Following on with Underwoods story, we have two pictures taken during a White Hart Darts Club outing to Felixstowe - or Gt Yarmouth with an Underwoods coach. The pictures come courtesy of Jenny Gibbons who appears on both images.

Author Ron Green
Published November 2015
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2015_011_L66

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Article

Brief history of the "Delft" Plate
ID DJG_DEL
Title Brief history of the "Delft" Plate
Abstract September 1944 found the Detachment of Civil Affairs, to which I had been assigned, halted at a small village Gavere near Ghent, Belgium. We had proceeded rapidly from Arromanches, Normandy. The enemy was falling back rapidly over the Rhine, possibly fearing being over run by the Russians from...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_DEL

92

Article

The late Mr Kenneth Osborne
ID DJG_KEN
Title The late Mr Kenneth Osborne
Abstract His many friends including former passengers were stunned to learn on Friday the 17th September that Mr. Kenneth Osborne had suddenly passed away at Westminster Hospital where he had undergone an operation. "Ken" as he was affectionately known had for many years taken an active part in the...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_KEN

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Article

Three Voyages
ID DJG_VOY
Title Three Voyages
Abstract Nowadays it is quite common to read of venturesome and hazardous voyages completed single handed or with crews, but it is not generally known or has been forgotten that at least three epic voyages were completed successfully by men of this village. In 1911 the schooner "Sunshine" re-rigged as a...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 13 February 1980
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_VOY

94

Article

The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club
ID DJG_TSC
Title The Origin of Tollesbury Sailing Club
Abstract Shortly after the Great War there came to reside in Tollesbury a gentleman, named Major Kenrick McMullen, a member of a notable brewing family in Hertfordshire, who had been serving as a staff officer in the Army. He and his family settled down in the village, and eventually acquired land...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published c1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_TSC

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Article

A History of Tollesbury
ID DJG_HIS
Title A History of Tollesbury
Abstract A HISTORY OF TOLLESBURY

"TOLESBIA ten et Almfrid de comite qd tenuit GUDMUND lib lit ho, uno manerio ....." so runs the beginning of one of two paragraphs concerning the Pariah of Tollesbury in the Hundred of "Tureatapla" or Thurstable, as recorded in Domesday Book 1068. Early...

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

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Article

Tollesbury Gooseberry Pie Fair
ID DJG_PIE
Title Tollesbury Gooseberry Pie Fair
Abstract Tollesbury is a large compact village, situated on rising ground, and joins on the west to the villages of Tolleshunt D'Arcy, Tolleshunt Knights, Goldhanger and Salcott cum Virley, in the County of Essex. It is bounded on the sout, east and north-east sides by marshlands and saltings. The River...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 23 February 1968
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_PIE

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Article

Douglas Jack Gurton - an Autobiography
ID DJG_BIP
Title Douglas Jack Gurton - an Autobiography
Abstract I was born on the 25th. January, 1908 (Robert Burns' Day) at the Hope Inn, Tollesbury, Essex, where my parents were the licensees at that time. My father, Ezra Walter Gurton had taken over about a year previously much to the dismay of my mother, Eva Jane Alverstone Gurton, who disliked inns...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_BIP

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Article

An Essex Wildfowler - John Gurton 1848-1916
ID DJG_EWF
Title An Essex Wildfowler - John Gurton 1848-1916
Abstract Hanging on the wall of the grand staircase in the Chelmsford and Essex Museum, Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, is a formidable 18th century four bore flint lock mud sledge or punt gun, reputed to have been owned and used at one time by John Gurton of Tollesbury, my grandfather, John was the second...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Source Mersea Museum
ID DJG_EWF

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Article

Christmasses of Yesteryear
ID DJG_CMY
Title Christmasses of Yesteryear
Abstract The first Christmas I can recall was that of 1910, I was approaching my third birthday. My mother had died a few months previously, and I had been taken into the care of my grandparents, John and Emma Gurton, who lived in United Cottages of the then "Woodrope Road". John and Emma had had...
Author Douglas J. Gurton
Published 18 December 1979
Source Mersea Museum / Cedric Gurton
ID DJG_CMY

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Article

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

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

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