This database contains some of the books, papers and records held by Mersea Museum.

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Article

Our Village Schools - Birch Centenary Chronicles 7.
ID PBH_CTH_007
Title Our Village Schools - Birch Centenary Chronicles 7.
Abstract Our Village Schools

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 7.
Published in Parish News - May 1997 During 1997 Birch School will be celebrating 150 years on the present site. This is slightly different to ...
Published May 1997
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

152

Article

Of Highways and Travellers - Centenary Chronicles 6
ID PBH_CTH_006
Title Of Highways and Travellers - Centenary Chronicles 6
Abstract Of Highways and Travellers

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 6.
Published in Parish News - February 1997 These "Chronicles" started as result of the interest shown in the exhibition held to ...
Published February 1997
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

153

Article

Shopping Down the Years - Centenary Chronicles 3
ID PBH_CTH_003
Title Shopping Down the Years - Centenary Chronicles 3
Abstract Shopping Down the years

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 3.
Published in Parish News - May 1996 In this issue we look at shops. We might have had Harrod's in Birch Street, if we'd spent a bit more ...
Published May 1996
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

154

Article

The Village Postman's Tale
ID PBH_CTH_005
Title The Village Postman's Tale
Abstract The Village Postman's Tale

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 5
Published in Parish News - November 1996 The postman has been a familiar figure around the area for many years nowadays travelling in his ...
Published November 1996
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

155

Article

Who Used to Live Here? - Centenary Chronicles 2
ID PBH_CTH_002
Title Who Used to Live Here? - Centenary Chronicles 2
Abstract Who used to Live Here?

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 2
Published in Parish News - February 1996 In the introduction to the last issue we asked "Do you remember the aircraft crash at Stamp's ...
Published February 1996
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

156

Article

The Villages in The Great War - Centenary Chronicles 1
ID PBH_CTH_001
Title The Villages in The Great War - Centenary Chronicles 1
Abstract The Villages in The Great War The Building of the Memorial Hall and the Start of Many Social Gatherings Thereafter

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 1.
Published in Parish News - November 1995 ...
Published November 1995
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

157

Article

Basil Bowyer's Reflections - Centenary Chronicles 48
ID PBH_CTH_048
Title Basil Bowyer's Reflections - Centenary Chronicles 48
Abstract

Basil Bowyer's Reflections on his service in the Bucks Hussars in the Great War

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 48.
Published in Birch Parish News - November 2007 This ...
Published November 2007
Source Mersea Museum

158

Article

Layer Breton Chapel - Centenary Chronicle 50
ID PBH_CTH_050
Title Layer Breton Chapel - Centenary Chronicle 50
Abstract Layer Breton Chapel

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 50.
Published in Parish News - May 2008 For centuries the Hare and Hounds has stood as it does today and attracted business but almost alongside ...
Published May 2008
Source Mersea Museum

159

Article

Centenary Chronicles Birch Layer Breton and Layer Marney - Index
ID PBH_CTH
Title Centenary Chronicles Birch Layer Breton and Layer Marney - Index
Abstract Birch - Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History
The Centenary Chronicles
Origins of the 'Centenary Chronicles' Rarely, something happens that fires people's imagination. Many visited the Parish Council Centenary Exhibition. They wanted more time to study ...
Published 1995
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

160

Article

From Little Acorns Great Oaks Grow - Centenary Chronicles 4
ID PBH_CTH_004
Title From Little Acorns Great Oaks Grow - Centenary Chronicles 4
Abstract From Little Acorns Great Oaks Grow

Birch, Layer Breton & Layer Marney Local History

Centenary Chronicles - No. 4.
Published in Parish News - August 1996 Most people in recalling their early years will talk about schooldays and what they ...
Published August 1996
Source Mersea Museum / Breton Heath

161

Article

1950s Birch
ID AJM_1950
Title 1950s Birch
Abstract Birch is a small village in Essex, about 5 miles southwest of Colchester on the road to Maldon, with a population of about 700 in the 1950s. It was rural and agricultural, and the land was mostly owned by the Round family. In 2022 it seemed time to write down some memories of the village where I ...
Published 2 April 2022
Source Mersea Museum

162

Article

Sea Levels
ID ML2022_002_077
Title Sea Levels
Abstract Memory Lane: Sea Levels I have before me a map of Mersea Island and surrounding areas which has been reproduced in a local publication. Much of the surrounding low lying area is coloured pink with the suggestion that by 2030, that's in eight years time, these areas are forecast to be under ...
Published February 2022
Source Mersea Museum

163

Article

Les Malshinger of Peldon - Arctic Convoys
ID PH01_MLR
Title Les Malshinger of Peldon - Arctic Convoys
Abstract Les Malshinger 18 December 1925 - 1 July 2018 Arctic Convoys Les and Rose Malshinger lived in Maple Ridge, Church Road, almost opposite Peldon's Village Hall, for over 45 years. They bought the house from new in 1973 and made many friends in the village where they were to live out their ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

164

Article

Peldon Hostel in the 1960s and 70s
ID PH01_HPX
Title Peldon Hostel in the 1960s and 70s
Abstract The following information has been put together using notes and a diagram from Nick Hines who worked at Peldon's Hostel during its time as a pig unit. The Peldon Hostel situated on the Wigborough Road between Peldon and Little Wigborough enjoyed a new life as a pig unit from the late ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published 29 December 2021
Source Mersea Museum

165

Article

Who was the man in the Mersea Barrow ?
ID SH02_BAR
Title Who was the man in the Mersea Barrow ?
Abstract Secrets revealed by new research in 2021 for an exhibition in Colchester Museum The first excavation Nearly two thousand years ago an anonymous individual, now familarly known as 'Mersea Man', was laid to rest under a massive, man-made earthen mound. This barrow or tumulus, which even ...
Author Sue Howlett
Published 28 December 2021
Source Mersea Museum

166

Article

The Boating Lake
ID ML2022_001_062
Title The Boating Lake
Abstract We have a fine new boating lake in East Mersea. I haven't seen it but I hear it is very popular. I remember very well the West Mersea boating lake in what was called Shears Meadow. It all came about in a roundabout way because of a gas works. The retort house building for this project was ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

167

Article

Tollesbury and the Essex Saltings in the 1950s and 1960s
ID JBL_TOL
Title Tollesbury and the Essex Saltings in the 1950s and 1960s
Abstract James Blott's memories of Tollesbury and the Essex Saltings in the 1950s and 1960s On arrival in Tollesbury, with a car bursting with suitcases, food and drink, we would be met by Charles Spooner, our 'Steward' who was employed year-round initially, looking after us when we visited, and keeping ...
Author James Blott
Published August 2021
Source Mersea Museum / James Blott

168

Article

Peldon's War Dead
ID PH01_WWS
Title Peldon's War Dead
Abstract There are eight men who died in WW1 commemorated on the marble memorial in St. Mary's Church, Peldon. There were five other men we know of, three of whom died some years after the war, never having recovered from their wounds and two who were overlooked. Although their names do not appear on ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published November 2021
Source Mersea Museum

169

Article

Peldon Fair
ID PH01_PFR
Title Peldon Fair
Abstract In the Kelly's Trade Directory of 1844 it mentions there was a fair held in the village of Peldon on Michaelmas Day. In White's Trade Directory of 1863 it qualifies this by saying a small fair was held in the village. In an era when there were few days off and life was hard, the ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published November 2021
Source Mersea Museum

170

Article

Development old and new
ID ML2021_012_078
Title Development old and new
Abstract With the Brierley Paddocks development now under way and the many groans of disapproval on the social media, I thought it would be interesting to look back at what might have been. Plans were first put forward to develop all this area nearly 120 years ago. I have before me a layout from a ...
Author Ron Green
Published December 2021
Source Mersea Museum

171

Article

Rectors of Peldon
ID PEL_REC2
Title Rectors of Peldon
Abstract In writing this article I am following in the footsteps of the Reverend Anthony Gough, incumbent of St. Mary's Peldon from 1964 - 1971. His research went into a church guide (published in 1970) which is still available in the church ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

172

Article

Peldon and the Mozart Connection
ID PH01_RWM
Title Peldon and the Mozart Connection
Abstract THE REVEREND WILLIAM SPENCER HARRIS BRAHAM MEADOWS Compared to other Essex churches, the Norman Church of St. Mary's. Peldon, has not exactly been in the forefront of the great musical tradition for which the Christian Faith and Liturgy is justly renowned. Nor would it have been expected to be, ...
Author Reverend Tony Gough
Published 2004
Source Mersea Museum

173

Article

Peldon's blacksmiths and forge
ID PH01_BSM
Title Peldon's blacksmiths and forge
Abstract The blacksmith was at the heart of our towns and villages for centuries. His forge was usually situated on a crossroads and would provide a social hub where news and gossip would be exchanged, horses inspected and deals would be done. Early blacksmiths would practise many trades, they were not ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published October 2021
Source Mersea Museum

174

Article

Memory Lane - Life around the Fox
ID ML2021_011_078
Title Memory Lane - Life around the Fox
Abstract Quite often when I sit in The Fox having my Wednesday roast, my thoughts go back almost 200 years to when my Great Great Grandfather John Green would have been around there and what he would make of the area as it is now. The Tithe awards of 1839 list him as Occupier, with others, of Cottage and ...
Author Ron Green
Published November 2021
Source Mersea Museum

175

Article

That Statue - and Copt Hall Lane
ID LWG_RPJ
Title That Statue - and Copt Hall Lane
Abstract That Statue! [which refers to the statue of Cecil Rhodes at Oriel College Oxford and the controversy about whether it should remain] Article written for Peldon and Wigborough Village News September 2021 It all started in March this year.  Well to be exact it actually started in ...
Author Joe Kennils
Published September 2021
Source Mersea Museum

176

Article

The History of Whitakers, Lower Road, Peldon
ID PH01_WTK
Title The History of Whitakers, Lower Road, Peldon
Abstract Whitakers appears as a cottage name in several of Peldon's registers, the 1918 and 1929 electoral rolls and the 1939 register, and it appears it was three dwellings during much of its life. Situated between Moss Cottage (the old village ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

177

Article

Memory Lane - the Regatta
ID ML2021_010_074
Title Memory Lane - the Regatta
Abstract I was delighted to attend another West Mersea Town Regatta this year, especially after the pandemic prevented last year's from taking place. I calculated that it was my 74th as I was at at least one regatta in the 1930s. I have before me a copy of the advertising poster for the 1939 Regatta which ...
Published October 2021
Source Mersea Museum

178

Article

ESSEX MAID built Rowhedge Ironworks 1939
ID JBL_RIW
Title ESSEX MAID built Rowhedge Ironworks 1939
Abstract ESSEX MAID was built in 1939 for John Blott, who had previously owned the yacht ALPHA, and had become "bitten with the idea of power in excess of sail". Designed by W.G. McBryde of Glasgow along the lines of an East Coast drifter. She ...
Source Mersea Museum

179

Article

Mary Sparks Apr 1940 - June 2021
ID MSP_BIO
Title Mary Sparks Apr 1940 - June 2021
Abstract Although Mary's parents lived in Dartford, Mary Newman was born in The City of London on April 11th 1940. Mary was always very proud to be a Cockney. Her maternal grandmother wanted her to be born near to where she lived. (This was 5 months before the bombing of London). Soon after she ...
Source Mersea Museum

180

Article

West Mersea Regatta 28 August 1840
ID REG_1840_001
Title West Mersea Regatta 28 August 1840
Abstract The third West Mersea Regatta ...
Published 4 September 1840
Source Mersea Museum

181

Article

West Mersea Regatta 29 August 1839
ID REG_1839_001
Title West Mersea Regatta 29 August 1839
Abstract The second annual regatta at the above watering place took places last Thursday [29th August] under the most favourable auspices. It was only last year that a few gentlemen, who have greatly interested themselves to promote the island in public opinion as a summer retreat, set on foot the regatta, ...
Published 29 August 1839
Source Mersea Museum

182

Article

Memorial to Ann Marke in St Stephen's Church, Great Wigborough
ID GWG_CHD
Title Memorial to Ann Marke in St Stephen's Church, Great Wigborough
Abstract Edward and Ann Marke: St Stephen's Church, Great Wigborough In St Stephen's Church, Great Wigborough there is a slab set in the nave floor engraved with the inscription HERE LYETH BURIED THE BODIE OF ANN MARKE THE WIFE OF ...
Source Mersea Museum

183

Article

Mersea bus services
ID ML2021_009_074
Title Mersea bus services
Abstract I was born in No. 6 Council House in Barfield Road and as soon as I was able, I spent a great deal of time looking out of my front window at the passing traffic. It was the mid-1930s and much of it was horsedrawn but there were also buses from four different companies passing by. Firstly the ...
Author Ron Green
Published September 2021
Source Mersea Museum

184

Article

The Strahl family on Mersea
ID MSD
Title The Strahl family on Mersea
Abstract Rene and Germaine Strahl lived in Mersea. They had moved to England from France and were directors in England of the French Guerlain perfume company. They lived in London for many years before getting a house on Mersea. Rene was Swiss and was born 1895. He married Germaine Barre in 1924 in ...
Source Mersea Museum

185

Article

Great Wigborough's Rectory 1963
ID GWG_RCU
Title Great Wigborough's Rectory 1963
Abstract From The Wigborough News a monthly magazine for the two parishes of Great and Little Wigborough. Editor The Reverend Roland Hall No.22 June 1963 When I was appointed Curate-in-Charge of the Wigborough parishes nearly two years ago, the old rectory adjacent to St Stephen's Church was declared ...
Author Elaine Barker
Published June 1963
Source Mersea Museum

186

Article

The Laneys
ID ML2021_008_077
Title The Laneys
Abstract Memory Lane - the Laneys Around 120 years ago there were little groups of cottages on Mersea. One such group was around the area known as 'the City' in the The Lane. People from around this area were known as Laneys and it extended from The Coast up The Lane to it's junction with Firs Chase, ...
Author Ron Green
Published August 2021
Source Mersea Museum

187

Article

The Story behind the brass of Henry Bullock
ID PH01_BLQ
Title The Story behind the brass of Henry Bullock
Abstract In Great Wigborough Church there are only two remaining memorials to a member of the wealthy Bullock family who lived and held property in the village from the early 1500s. One is a gravestone behind the altar dated 1628 and the other is a little brass, now mounted in the nave wall but previously ...
Author Elaine Barker
Keywords GWG
Published 9 July 2021
Source Mersea Museum

188

Article

Straw Plaiting
ID PH01_SPL
Title Straw Plaiting
Abstract Let me take you back to Peldon in 1815. John Haxell (also spelt Haxcell), whose family gave Haxells Farm its name, was running a small private school for boys. He ran his school from a double cottage somewhere near St Ives Hill, this was 20 years before the Church School was built next to St ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

189

Article

West Mersea School
ID ML2021_007_077
Title West Mersea School
Abstract I started at West Mersea Council School around Easter 1937. I was living in Barfield Road at the time and I was a very reluctant starter. In the end my Dad loaded me into the seat on the back of his bike on the pretence of going to East Mersea to visit Auntie Nellie, but instead of going past the ...
Author Ron Green
Published July 2021
Source Mersea Museum

190

Article

A tribute to a dear brother by Ron Green
ID ML2021_008_030
Title A tribute to a dear brother by Ron Green
Abstract I can still remember being woken by the sounds of a baby crying in the front bedroom of our home No 6 Council House, Barfield Road. It was March 5th 1937. Brother John had arrived. Two years later we moved to a new bungalow in Suffolk Avenue that dad had built, working for Clifford White. I remember ...
Author Ron Green
Published August 2021
Source Mersea Museum

191

Article

Priest's House, Peldon
ID PH01_PHS
Title Priest's House, Peldon
Abstract Priest's House, Peldon Grade II listed 15th Century timber framed and plastered, house with red plain tile roof. Two storeys and attics. Gabled and originally jettied to front, now part underbuilt. One window range, modern casements. Some original exposed frame on north side, with ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

192

Article

The Bullock Family of Layer de La Haye
ID PH01_BLH
Title The Bullock Family of Layer de La Haye
Abstract The Bullocks' general stores and Post Office in Layer de La Haye post 1948 An image of the shop run by the Bullock family in Layer de La Haye, still remembered today, has sparked my desire to try to link this family with the Bullocks of ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

193

Article

Shocking accident at the Strood
ID ML2021_006_076
Title Shocking accident at the Strood
Abstract With each week of big tides there is usually a motor vehicle stuck on the Strood by the driver misjudging the depth of water over the road. Fortunately no one has lost their life there recently. By far the worst accident happened before the days of the motor car. Sisters Eva Clarry 21 and Annie ...
Author Ron Green
Published June 2021
Source Mersea Museum

194

Article

Leslie Grimes - Artist and Cartoonist
ID PH01_LGR
Title Leslie Grimes - Artist and Cartoonist
Abstract Leslie James Grimes was born in 1897 in Chertsey, Surrey. He married Annie McDonnell Ewen in 1923 and they had three sons. After Art School, Leslie built a reputation in motoring art, producing illustrations for brochures, and he also did artwork for children's annuals. In 1927 Leslie succeeded ...
Source Mersea Museum

195

Article

The tuppeny water pistol
ID ML2021_005_078
Title The tuppeny water pistol
Abstract In my school days there was a little shop on Queens Corner owned by Miss Katie White. She sold a range of things including toys and sweets, a school boy's dream. Walking home from Barfield Road school to my home in Suffolk Avenue I often stopped by to see what was in the window. One day I spotted a ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

196

Article

Patricia Catchpole 'Catchy'
ID CHY_101
Title Patricia Catchpole 'Catchy'
Abstract Miss Patricia Catchpole by Cynthia Mottershaw Affectionately known to all on the Island as 'Catchy', she was the daughter of a Suffolk farmer who also bred Suffolk horses. Born in Darsham, Suffolk, Catchy moved to West Mersea in 1932. Her first love was always horses, and 1949-1972, she ...
Author Cynthia Mottershaw / Jill Keene
Source Mersea Museum

197

Article

A Railway to Mersea Island ?
ID MMH_RLY
Title A Railway to Mersea Island ?
Abstract In 1982, at a Model Railway Exhibition in Colchester Town Hall, Roger Kingstone showed his 'O' Gauge layout of what he thought West Mersea Station would have been like if it was ever built. It was seen by William Packard, Editor of Mistral Magazine, who asked Roger if he would write an article for ...
Author Roger Kingstone
Source Mersea Museum

198

Article

Tollesbury Memories - further recollections from Fred Garrod
ID FGD_102
Title Tollesbury Memories - further recollections from Fred Garrod
Abstract It was interesting to read that hay to feed the horses at the Equestrian events at the Olympic Games was supplied by Old Hall Farm. In the mid eighteenth century Old Hall used to be one of the busiest places in Tollesbury. The inn there was called the "Crooked Billet" and was kept by a man ...
Author Fred Garrod
Published 1972
Source Mersea Museum

199

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Tollesbury Memories - recollections from Fred Garrod
ID FGD_101
Title Tollesbury Memories - recollections from Fred Garrod
Abstract I was born in Tollesbury in the year 1902. My relatives on my father's side had had connections with the sea from time immemorial, fishing and boat-building. My father owned a fishing smack, and my two uncles also had one. I used to go with them to work almost as soon as I could toddle, and ...
Author Fred Garrod
Published 1972
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

MOLLIETTE - Exordium to Finale
ID WLD_MOL
Title MOLLIETTE - Exordium to Finale
Abstract A while back I was introduced to Owen Fletcher, a Mersea man, whose hobby is the compilation of a "History of Mersea and its People" and who allowed me to extract from his accumulated data all the information he had on the MOLLIETTE in ...
Author Pat Zierold
Source Mersea Museum
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