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The Villages of Great and Little Wigborough by the Rev. James Allen
ID EC66_04_A432
Title The Villages of Great and Little Wigborough by the Rev. James Allen
Abstract The summer visitor on his way to Mersea Island from the direction of Maldon will pass through the villages of Great and Little Wigborough. He will see the signs indicating the village names, but he will fail to see a "village" as one usually understands the meaning of the word. The church is in ...
Author Rev. James Allen
Published April 1966
Source Mersea Museum

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The story of Wigborough Past and Present by Eric Rayner
ID EC65_03_A284
Title The story of Wigborough Past and Present by Eric Rayner
Abstract ...
Author Eric Rayner
Source Mersea Museum

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The First Regattas at West Mersea
ID REG_1980_PGM_A41
Title The First Regattas at West Mersea
Abstract THE FIRST REGATTAS by Hervey Benham ...
Author Hervey Benham
Source Mersea Museum

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Birch. A village church in the 1880s
ID EC53_010_A29
Title Birch. A village church in the 1880s
Abstract Birch - A Village Church In The Eighties by Arthur E. May From Essex Countryside magazine August 1953 transcribed by Joe Vince

Birch, where the author was born and spent his childhood, is a small village about five miles from Colchester. These recollections of its parish ...

Author Arthur E. May
Published October 1953
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Pete Tye Farm, Peldon
ID PH01_PTF
Title Pete Tye Farm, Peldon
Abstract Pete Tye Farm pre 1970 before it was demolished and a new farmhouse built The current owners of Pete Tye Farm, the Coans, moved into the newly-built Pete Tye Farm in 1970. The old farmhouse was still standing when the newly married couple ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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The Christmas family of Peldon
ID PH01_CHR
Title The Christmas family of Peldon
Abstract The Christmas family has connections with this area going back hundreds of years. During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Christmases lived in many of the properties in the village, Rose Cottages, Malting Farm, Hilldene (now demolished and replaced by Grangewood), Purlu on Lower Road ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mussetts of Mersea Island
ID AFM_MST_001
Title Mussetts of Mersea Island
Abstract This family tree seeks to trace the descendants of John Mussett, the earliest male member of the family known to have married and had children on Mersea Island. The great majority of these are descended from his youngest son, James Mussett, who was born in 1800. I have traced both the male and ...
Author Peter Mussett
Published 30 June 2022
Source Mersea Museum

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The Greens of West Mersea
ID MMH_GRN
Title The Greens of West Mersea
Abstract I believe I'm one of the most 'Local' persons on Mersea Island, being a product of two Green families both of which have been on the island for at least 200 years Not only have the two families been on the Island for all this time, they have been mostly in the same part of the Island, bound in ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Mersea and the Civil War - 1648
ID MMH_MCW
Title Mersea and the Civil War - 1648
Abstract The previous three years had seen a number of bloody battles, culminating with Charles I being captured. To many, this was the end of the war. But many royalists refused to surrender. Some who did were let off with the payment of a fine and a promise not to take up arms again. Those who could not ...
Author L.D. Haines
Published 1980
Source Mersea Museum

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Susanna Hollomby Head née Carter 1860 - 1909
ID SHH
Title Susanna Hollomby Head née Carter 1860 - 1909
Abstract Susanna Hollomby Head (née Carter) (18 November 1860 - 28 March 1909) Her Parents, Grandparents, and their Families Susanna was one of my great grandmothers. She married Charles HEAD at the church of St Peter and St Paul, West Mersea, Essex on 14 April 1881 The full document ...
Author Andrew Granger-Bevan
Source Mersea Museum / Andrew Granger-Bevan

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Granville Leonard Chambers
ID UPA
Title Granville Leonard Chambers
Abstract In May 2022 an unexpected large parcel was delivered to Mersea Museum. It contained a photograph album - some photographs mounted in the album but many more loose. They were nearly all Mersea views, but the back of each photograph just had information about type of film, exposure etc. Only 3 ...
Keywords green storth
Source Mersea Museum / Roe and Moore

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Article

Memory Lane: Celebration Arches
ID ML2022_006_058
Title Memory Lane: Celebration Arches
Abstract From Ron Green and Tony Millatt, Mersea Museum With Her Majesty the Queen's Platinum Jubilee, I am reminded of King George V's Silver Jubilee in 1935, going along to events in the school field and receiving my mug - long since disappeared. There were a number of arches built across the road and ...
Published June 2022
Source Mersea Museum

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Memories of a Village Chapel by H.J. Hayhoe 1952 - Layer de la Haye
ID PBH_HYH
Title Memories of a Village Chapel by H.J. Hayhoe 1952 - Layer de la Haye
Abstract Introductory Note: This document contains the text of a pamphlet about the Methodist Chapel in Layer de la Haye, which was demolished in 1970. The original pamphlet has been out of print for many years. As there is little or no prospect of it being re-printed it is being made available on the ...
Author Mrs H.J. Hayhoe
Published 1952
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Parish Church of St John the Baptist Layer de la Haye
ID PBH_ALN
Title Parish Church of St John the Baptist Layer de la Haye
Abstract IMPORTANT NOTE: Canon Allen's history of Layer de la Haye Church has been out of print for many years. As there is little or no prospect of it being re-printed it is being made available on the internet, free of charge, for the purposes of private study and research only. It is not to be ...
Author Canon James Allen
Keywords audley
Published 1972
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Millennium Map - Birch, Layer Breton and Layer Marney
ID PBH_MLN
Title Millennium Map - Birch, Layer Breton and Layer Marney
Abstract

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

The Millennium Map of Birch, Layer Breton and Layer Marney.
...
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Birch Airfield
ID PBH_AFD
Title Birch Airfield
Abstract
Birch Airfield
Originally published on ...
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Fallen of Birch, Layer Breton, Layer Marney and Layer de la Haye
ID PBH_WWS
Title Fallen of Birch, Layer Breton, Layer Marney and Layer de la Haye
Abstract

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

The Fallen of Birch, Layer Breton, Layer Marney and Layer de la Haye and Parishioner's Service in the Great War
Originally published on ...
Published August 2014
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Birch, Layer Breton and Layer Marney - Glimpses into the History. Jean Eames
ID PBH_EAM
Title Birch, Layer Breton and Layer Marney - Glimpses into the History. Jean Eames
Abstract Glimpses into the History of Three Villages Birch, Layer Breton and Layer Marney Jean Eames EDITORIAL NOTE by RGC August 2002 The following is a transcript of a document produced by the late Mrs Jean Eames of Layer Breton. It records some local history research she carried out with a ...
Author Jean Eames
Published 1988
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Bronze Age Board Walk - woodworking aspects
ID TBR_002
Title Bronze Age Board Walk - woodworking aspects
Abstract Notes on the woodworking aspects of the Late Bronze Age plank trackway found at Coopers Beach Mersea Purpose of these brief notes To provide a summary of key woodworking features of the Late Bronze Age trackway to support the display of the conserved original timbers on Mersea ...
Author Damian Goodburn
Published 26 April 2022
Source Mersea Museum

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The Bronze Age Board Walk - a trackway across the wetlands
ID TBR_001
Title The Bronze Age Board Walk - a trackway across the wetlands
Abstract The Oldest Road on Mersea In recent years, there has been steady erosion of the mud along the Mersea foreshore, and a steady revelation of interesting artefacts. Several of the discoveries are by local oystermen, who are out on the mud looking for oysters ('ebbing') and have inquisitive ...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Lanhams of Lodge Lane
ID PH01_LNM
Title Lanhams of Lodge Lane
Abstract In the 1970s there was a Garden Centre in Lodge Lane, Peldon, formally named Lanhams Enterprises but known locally as 'Lanhams'. It was a home business set up and run by Yvonne and Ronnie Barbor, at their house and gardens a little way along Lodge Lane on the right, just beyond the footpath that ...
Author Geoff Gonella
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane: Griffon Corner
ID ML2022_005_010
Title Memory Lane: Griffon Corner
Abstract Having known Griffon Corner now for ninety years, I thought I would take a look at the changes that have been made. The name has changed and most people will now know it as Tesco Corner. At one time it was also known as Digby's Corner. The photograph here was taken by Jack Botham around 1962. It ...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Coastguards on Mersea
ID MHS_CGD
Title Coastguards on Mersea
Abstract There were Coastguards living on Mersea for a long time. By 1760 the Customs had two boatmen on Mersea and two at Brightlingsea. They were part of the Customs at the time, but in 1822 the Coast Guard service started, under control of the Customs, and it is the Coast Guard we are mainly concerned ...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Bronze Age Mersea
ID CZN_BRZ
Title Bronze Age Mersea
Abstract The Bronze Age (c.2500 - 800BC) was a period of dramatic change in the material culture, economies, and structure of society in early Britain. A rapid rise in population, supported by an improved climate in the early part of the period, allowed the colonization of larger tracts of land. ...
Author Oliver Hutchinson, CITiZAN
Published 10 July 2021
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Joseph Picknett Dissenting Minister Great Wigborough Congregational Chapel 1762 ...
ID GWG_PCK
Title Joseph Picknett Dissenting Minister Great Wigborough Congregational Chapel 1762 - 1780
Abstract One of Mersea Museum's latest acquisitions (April 2022) has come about as a result of an article I wrote about a Dissenters Chapel (Congregational) that existed in Great Wigborough. There is still a United Reformed Church chapel on the site of the original 1750 building and, because of nineteenth ...
Keywords rivenhall
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane: Hove Creek
ID ML2022_004_060
Title Memory Lane: Hove Creek
Abstract Mention Hove Creek to many people on Mersea these days and the question will be Where's that? Tell them it's by the Board Walk and they will often know. The creek was probably formed by water flowing away from St Peters Well and other springs in the area. In living memory, my memory, it was quite a ...
Author Ron Green
Published April 2022
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea's Duck Decoy
ID PH01_DOY
Title Mersea's Duck Decoy
Abstract A Memorandum by Charles Lind, Vicar of West Mersea, written on a page of the Register for baptisms and marriages 1738 - 1812 makes for fascinating reading. Amongst other interesting contemporary information he refers to the construction of the West Mersea duck decoy, so dating it to the ten year ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Churches of Birch and Layer Breton by T.B. Millatt
ID TBM_CHC
Title Churches of Birch and Layer Breton by T.B. Millatt
Abstract THE CHURCHES - OLD AND NEW - of BIRCH AND LAYER BRETON T. B. MILLATT GREAT AND LITTLE BIRCH Birch originally consisted of two parishes, Great and Little Birch, each with its own parish church and manor house. GREAT BIRCH CHURCH ...
Author T.B. Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Donald George Bibby died 4 December 1941
ID OOD_110
Title Donald George Bibby died 4 December 1941
Abstract War Memorial Profiles for Tollesbury DONALD GEORGE BIBBY Gunner, Service No. 899881 104 (The Essex Yeomanry) ...
Author Edwin Sparrow
Source Mersea Museum

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Mr Great's House Kemps Farm Peldon
ID PH01_KSG
Title Mr Great's House Kemps Farm Peldon
Abstract MR. GREAT'S HOUSE, PELDON and the history of Kemps Farm In Estate Binder 3 in the Essex Records Office is a map of Messuage & Lands belonging to Mrs Mary Thurstan [Thurston] of Wenham Hall in the County of Suffolk by T. Skynner dated 1728. On this charming map depicting little ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published 26 February 2022
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Lodge
ID PH01_LDG
Title Peldon Lodge
Abstract PELDON LODGE Peldon Lodge circa 1911 Peldon Lodge is situated on Lodge Lane in Peldon, set back from the lane and surrounded by mature trees. The lane was once a through road to Colchester and widely used by residents as the ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

A Village Churchyard - Centenary Chronicle 67
ID PBH_CTH_067
Title A Village Churchyard - Centenary Chronicle 67
Abstract A Village Churchyard

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 67.
Published in Parish News - September 2013 "I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams." ...
Published September 2013
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Olympic Experiences by Eric Hall - Centenary Chronicle 66
ID PBH_CTH_066
Title Olympic Experiences by Eric Hall - Centenary Chronicle 66
Abstract Olympic Experiences by Eric Hall

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 66.
Published in Parish News - August 2012 Almost everyone will, by now, be fed up with all things Olympic but in earlier times ...
Published August 2011
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Remembrance - A Personal Retrospection - Centenary Chronicle 65
ID PBH_CTH_065
Title Remembrance - A Personal Retrospection - Centenary Chronicle 65
Abstract Remembrance - A Personal Retrospection by Eric Hall

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 65.
Published in Parish News - November 2011 Very recently our nine year old granddaughter had me recalling ...
Published November 2011
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Layer Breton - of The Manor and the many Forms of Worship - Centenary Chronicle ...
ID PBH_CTH_064
Title Layer Breton - of The Manor and the many Forms of Worship - Centenary Chronicle 64
Abstract Layer Breton - of The Manor and the many Forms of Worship

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 64.
Published in Parish News - September 2011 On 3rd November 1954 a most unusual event took place at the ...
Published September 2011
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

A Mine in Abberton Reservoir Centenary Chronicles 63
ID PBH_CTH_063
Title A Mine in Abberton Reservoir Centenary Chronicles 63
Abstract Nineteen-Eighty-Mine A Mine in Abberton Reservoir

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 63.
Published in Parish News - May 2011 In the summer of 1989 I was on duty at the Military Police Duty Room, 156 ...
Published May 2011
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

S.S. Teulon, Victorian Architect - Centenary Chronicles 62
ID PBH_CTH_062
Title S.S. Teulon, Victorian Architect - Centenary Chronicles 62
Abstract S.S. Teulon, Victorian Architect

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 62.
Published in Parish News - March 2011 ...
Published March 2011
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Ted Woolf's Shed
ID ML2022_003_077
Title Ted Woolf's Shed
Abstract The oyster shed on Coast Road, always known as Ted Woolf's Shed, has recently been demolished and is to be replaced by a new building similar in appearance. The old shed was in very poor condition and the new one will improve working conditions for the men sorting the oysters.
Author Ron Green
Published March 2022
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Layer Breton Missal Stand - Centenary Chronicles 61
ID PBH_CTH_061
Title The Layer Breton Missal Stand - Centenary Chronicles 61
Abstract The Layer Breton Missal Stand

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 61
Published in Parish News - February 2011 In 2008 I had an email from Australia. Someone had found this missal stand (a bookrest ...
Published February 2011
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

The Villages in 1910 - Centenary Chronicles 60
ID PBH_CTH_060
Title The Villages in 1910 - Centenary Chronicles 60
Abstract The Villages in 1910

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 60.
Published in Parish News - November 2010 In 2010 if one wishes to know how to get to a destination you either look at a map or set your ...
Published November 2010
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Fighting Fires at Birch - Centenary Chronicles 59
ID PBH_CTH_059
Title Fighting Fires at Birch - Centenary Chronicles 59
Abstract Fighting Fires at Birch

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 59.
Published in Parish News - August 2010 In the last issue mention was made of a fire at White House Farm, Birch, in 1887. One point ...
Published August 2010
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Of White Horses and White Houses - Centenary Chronicles 58
ID PBH_CTH_058
Title Of White Horses and White Houses - Centenary Chronicles 58
Abstract Of White Horses and White Houses

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 58.
Published in Parish News - May 2010 When we moved to this area we found, as we had, as in previous villages, the interesting ...
Published May 2010
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Elections and Eligibility to Vote - Centenary Chronicles 57
ID PBH_CTH_057
Title Elections and Eligibility to Vote - Centenary Chronicles 57
Abstract Elections and Eligibility to Vote

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 57.
Published in Parish News - March 2010 With the approach of a General Election it may be appropriate to look back at how ...
Published March 2010
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Public Health in our Villages - Centenary Chronicles 56
ID PBH_CTH_056
Title Public Health in our Villages - Centenary Chronicles 56
Abstract Public Health in our Villages

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 56
Published in Parish News - November 2009 In the last issue mention was made of the reports issued by the Medical Officer of Health ...
Keywords wilsmore
Published November 2009
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Birch Friendly Society - Centenary Chronicles 53
ID PBH_CTH_053
Title Birch Friendly Society - Centenary Chronicles 53
Abstract Birch Friendly Society

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 53.
Published in Parish News - February 2009 With the social welfare provisions available to us today it is difficult to imagine the ...
Published February 2009
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Medical Officer of Health Reports - Birch Centenary Chronicles 55
ID PBH_CTH_055
Title Medical Officer of Health Reports - Birch Centenary Chronicles 55
Abstract Medical Officer of Health Reports

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 55.
Published in Parish News - September 2009 Mention has been made in earlier issues of the creation of Union Workhouses as ...
Published September 2009
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Layer Breton and the 1911 Census - Centenary Chronicles 54
ID PBH_CTH_054
Title Layer Breton and the 1911 Census - Centenary Chronicles 54
Abstract Layer Breton and the 1911 Census

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 54.
Published in Parish News - May 2009 The increasing interest in family history may have led to release of some of the details ...
Published May 2009
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Layer Breton Vestry - Centenary Chronicles 52
ID PBH_CTH_052
Title Layer Breton Vestry - Centenary Chronicles 52
Abstract Layer Breton Vestry - 1820 to 1861

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 52.
Published in Parish News - November 2008 Vestry is defined, in the Concise Oxford Dictionary, as "a room or building attached ...
Published November 2008
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

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Article

Gardening in the Past - Birch Centenary Chronicles 49
ID PBH_CTH_049
Title Gardening in the Past - Birch Centenary Chronicles 49
Abstract Gardening in the Past

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 49.
Published in Parish News - February 2008 In celebration of the founding of the Three Villages Gardening Club we thought it appropriate ...
Published February 2008
Source Mersea Museum / Breton heath

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Old Farming Records - Birch Centenary Chronicles 47
ID PBH_CTH_047
Title Old Farming Records - Birch Centenary Chronicles 47
Abstract Old Farming Records

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 47.
Published in Parish News - August 2007 For many centuries the main occupation hereabouts has been farming. Many changes have taken place and ...
Published August 2007
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath
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