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

Home Guard 1940 - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_171
Title Home Guard 1940 - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Many of the Mersea men ineligible for service in the forces joined the Peldon Home Guard. They had their headquarters at the Rose at Peldon, the popular landlord Ivan Pullen being the Officer in Charge of the platoon. The essence of comedy must hae been terrific when they did their training, square...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_171

52

Article

George Scales - Farmer
ID PH01_GSC
Title George Scales - Farmer
Abstract GEORGE SCALES
Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella

Early days
George Scales was born in 1921. The family moved from London to a farm near Vange, Essex, funded by George's grandfather E.H. Scales, a New Zealander who was unorthodox, independent-minded and succe...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum
ID PH01_GSC

53

Article

Peldon and the Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884
ID PH01_EQK
Title Peldon and the Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884
Abstract The Great Colchester Earthquake of 1884

Much has been written on the Great Colchester Earthquake which happened at 9.18 on the morning of 22nd April 1884 centred on the villages of Abberton, Peldon and Wivenhoe but felt much further afield. We continue to be fascinated by those early...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum
ID PH01_EQK

54

Article

Dora Banfield - The Land Girl's Story
ID PH01_DBF
Title Dora Banfield - The Land Girl's Story
Abstract

THE LAND GIRL'S STORY

My Time In The Land Army by Dora Banfield

I joined the Land Army in 1941, my two brothers, Geoffrey and Stephen being away on war work. I was called home to Kemps Farm, in Peldon, to help my father. He had retired for a quiet life on a small...

Author Elaine Barker
Keywords wla
Source Mersea Museum
ID PH01_DBF

55

Article

Rough Shooting. Sailing Club Late 1930 - Winifred Hone memoirs.
ID WW01_161
Title Rough Shooting. Sailing Club Late 1930 - Winifred Hone memoirs.
Abstract

Pastime

Rough shooting was a favourite pastime that many of the fishermen as well as visitors indulged in. Fred Pullen and Jack Lungley were locals who enjoyed the friendship and respect of many of the visiting wild fowlers. I am not sure that all they shot came ...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_161

56

Article

Farmer's evictions in WW2 and the Peldon Protest
ID PH01_WAG
Title Farmer's evictions in WW2 and the Peldon Protest
Abstract

THE WORLD WAR 2 WAR AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE EVICTIONS

The War Agriculture Committees were set up in every region to maximise the production of food crops during WW2. Their tactics came under close scrutiny and criticism and here in Peldon the threatened eviction of...

Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum
ID PH01_WAG

57

Article

Sailing and Social Club 1930 - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_151
Title Sailing and Social Club 1930 - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Sir Travers Humphreys, the learned Judge, used to come to Mersea for a few deays before going on circuit. He had a good regard for the Went family, proprietors of the White Hart where he stayed. Sir Travers was a deep thinking man of very simple tastes, he gave the impression of a man attempting...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_151

58

Article

Peldon People: Harry Ponder
ID PH01_HPO
Title Peldon People: Harry Ponder
Abstract Harry Ponder was born on 22nd February 1882 in the 'Thatch Cottage' at the beginning of Copt Hall Lane, Little Wigborough; his two grandfathers, both his parents and some of his sisters lie in the churchyard there. He was interviewed by the editor of the Peldon and Wigboroughs Parish magazine on...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum / Elaine Barker
ID PH01_HPO

59

Article

Mock trial. Victory Bar - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_141
Title Mock trial. Victory Bar - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Still on the subject of making one's own recreations, Arthur Dale and my husband were about to compete in a Dabchicks race when an unexpected squall overturned the boat, which was named SHRIMP - an International dinghy and very lively in the heavy weather. They had no option but to swim ashore. A...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_141

60

Article

Debating Meetings at the Victory Hall - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_131
Title Debating Meetings at the Victory Hall - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Dumas, Chadwick, Hollick, Scringer, Grimwood

Debating meetings at the Victory Hall consisted of gaiety and wholesome nonsense mixed with sound common sense, attended by a mass of interested people, especially when the speaker was a well known personality. Most nights after dinner - a ...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_131

61

Article

The Dance Hall - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_076
Title The Dance Hall - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract 1920. After four years of war, the most monstrous of man's illusions, it was only natural for those who had survived to look upon life with a light hearted and carefree abandon. Dancing was to take chief priority, old and young were learning the light fantastic steps of the Tango, Foxtrot, Turkey...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_076

62

Article

Arthur & Ruby Dale - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_111
Title Arthur & Ruby Dale - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Freddy Bird, Arthur Hempstead, Chaworth-Musters, B. Keenlyside, P. Musters, W. Tawnton, H. Summerville, May Maude Duprey

Sing songs were very pleasant to remember, we had quite a few customers who had nice baritone and base voices, it was never difficult to get together and enjoy...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_111

63

Article

Victory Hotel January 1924 - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_078
Title Victory Hotel January 1924 - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The political world was in a great ferment of uncertainty; we decided to install a wireless, then almost in its infancy, so we converted a ladies toilet, one of two, at great expense into a different sort of receiving room for the introduction of this magic voice from outer space. A lot of people...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_078

64

Article

Memory Lane - the Victory in the 1920s
ID ML2018_004_L19
Title Memory Lane - the Victory in the 1920s
Abstract Winifred and Ronnie Hone took over the Victory in 1919 and were there through the 1920s. They then moved on to start the Sailing and Social Club further down Coast Road - it is now the Coast Inn. Later in life, Winifred Hone wrote about the days at the Victory and the customers, and we are fortunate...
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2018_004_L19

65

Article

Cooking Victory Days - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_073
Title Cooking Victory Days - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract I didn't know much about cooking and for that matter some of the customers didn't either. In those days there was every luxury at hand but without the necessary equipment. Mersea was a good place to start the art of cooking as there was no competition. I like to think I helped put Mersea on the...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_073

66

Article

1920s onwards - more Victory Days. Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_081
Title 1920s onwards - more Victory Days. Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Bill and Cecil Barlow, now demobbed from the RAF, were the sons of the late Mr Lazarus Barlow who had owned the 50 ton schooner, the ROSENEATH, which used to anchor in the Quarters when they were in residence in their Mersea Home 'The Grove' facing the sea. Later, when The Grove was sold, Bill...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_081

67

Article

Victory Days. D.O.R.A. - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_071
Title Victory Days. D.O.R.A. - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract The first winter we were at the Victory we got into trouble under D.O.R.A. [ Defence of the Realm Act ]. The war had been over 4 months, my husband and his friends had been out shooting partridges, I got all carried away by the bag and suggested that I should cook them and they could have a late...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_071

68

Article

Miss Teresa Buxton - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_061
Title Miss Teresa Buxton - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract Miss Teresa Buxton used to stay here at the Victory often, she was a very talented artist, her outstanding pictures were water colours. She also had great faith in our Mersea spring water, which was situated on the coast road not far from the Victory. She used to take bottles of this water home...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_061

69

Article

1920 Mr Trim and the Victory Days - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_051
Title 1920 Mr Trim and the Victory Days - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract

Mr Trim used the Victory more as a home as he used to run a small farm and also let out mechanical machinery to farmers who could not afford their own. When we took over, we soon realised that it...

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_051

70

Article

Tollesbury, and taking the Victory - Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_041
Title Tollesbury, and taking the Victory - Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract We had almost given up the idea of taking a pub, the war coming to an end many people had the same idea and licences were very hard to get hold of. Quite casually, we heard about the Victory at West Mersea from a visiting Officer stationed at West Mersea. It seemed a carefree way of earning a...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_041

71

Article

First visit to Mersea Island - Winifred Hone Memoirs
ID WW01_031
Title First visit to Mersea Island - Winifred Hone Memoirs
Abstract A bright night, the sky full of stars, just the night for a raid. I was awakened by a banging on the door; this wasn't unusual as the Tollesbury policeman was very spy minded and had received permission to cover the attic window with black material leaving a hole in the middle for his spying...
Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_031

72

Article

Tollesbury people - Winifred Hone Memoirs
ID WW01_021
Title Tollesbury people - Winifred Hone Memoirs
Abstract

1917

The Hon. Kenneth Watson then O.C. Devon Regiment stationed at Salisbury, a very kindly and considerate man. His troops regarded him with great respect and affection, as so they should, although it does not always follow that kindness received is kindness returned....

Author Winifred Hone
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_021

73

Article

Coming to Tollesbury - from Winifred Hone memoirs
ID WW01_011
Title Coming to Tollesbury - from Winifred Hone memoirs
Abstract My father Frederick Evelyn Cowles took over the tenancy of the Kings Head Tollesbury on 1916. I think I can say that they were the happiest days of his life, he loved the honesty of the locals with their forthright and carefree way of life. My father was a learned man and many were the letters...
Author Winifred Hone
Keywords ww1
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum / Wendy Woolley
ID WW01_011

74

Article

Pyefleet House, Strood Close, Strood Villa
ID PH01_PFH
Title Pyefleet House, Strood Close, Strood Villa
Abstract

PYEFLEET HOUSE
Researched & compiled by Geoff Gonella

The building
Pyefleet House is the last-but-one house on the Strood before Mersea Island. Over the years it has also been named 'Strood Villa', 'Strood Close' and 'The Vicarage, Peldon.' At the t...

Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project
ID PH01_PFH

75

Article

World War 1 - Private Dines
ID WW1_DIN
Title World War 1 - Private Dines
Abstract St. Mary's churchyard has a military grave with a headstone that reads:

454276 Private
H.W. Dines
Labour Corps.
4 November 1918 age 34

Harry Wi...

Author Geoff Gonella
Published November 2017
Source Mersea Museum / Peldon History Project
ID WW1_DIN

76

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

77

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

78

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

79

Article

Memory Lane - widening the Strood
ID ML2018_003_L19
Title Memory Lane - widening the Strood
Abstract The appalling state of the Strood railings is causing a great deal of concern at the moment and doesn't give a good impression to visitors coming on to the island. We have selected two pictures from our museum archive to show work in progress when the Strood was widened and the fencing was improved...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum
ID ML2018_003_L19

80

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

81

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

82

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

83

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

84

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

85

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

86

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

87

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

88

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

89

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

90

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

91

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

92

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

93

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

94

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

95

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

96

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

97

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

98

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

99

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

100

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
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