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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51

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

52

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

53

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

54

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

55

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

56

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

57

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

58

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

59

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

60

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

61

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

62

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

63

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

64

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

65

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

66

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

67

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

68

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

69

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

70

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

71

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

72

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

73

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

74

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

75

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

76

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

77

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

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Article

The Cudmores, carriers of Carrier's Close
ID COR2_003
Title The Cudmores, carriers of Carrier's Close
Abstract

"Another teat for the children was to go by Carrier's Van to Colchester. The journey was long and arduous. The horse stopped at all cottage doors to collect letters to post and parcels to be delivered. The 'boy' used to run down the lanes to collect or deliver while the horse...

Author Chris Kirkman
Published 19 November 2010
Source Mersea Museum / Christine Kirkman
ID COR2_003

79

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

80

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

81

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

82

Article

The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Mersea. A Brief History.
ID TXA00900
Title The Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, West Mersea. A Brief History.
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...

Author T.B. Millatt (with later additions)
Keywords West Mersea Church
Published 11 October 2010
Source Mersea Museum
ID TXA00900

83

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

84

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

85

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

86

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

87

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

88

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

89

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

90

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

91

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

92

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

93

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

94

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

95

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

96

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

97

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

98

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

99

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
Page 47

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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
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