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

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A. Ludgater - Literary Connections to the Blackwater area
ID LCM_LUD
Title A. Ludgater - Literary Connections to the Blackwater area
Abstract Alfred Ludgater: Mistress of Broad Marsh Alfred Ludgater, the author of the novel Mistress of Broad Marsh, was a local man, born in Tolleshunt D'Arcy in 1858 to Samuel Ludgater, a tailor, and wife Sarah who were both also born in D'Arcy. His antecedents were Quakers from Coggeshall. ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum / Sent as article on literary connections to Mersea and environs Ludgater.docx

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Article

Margery Allingham - Mistral Magazine
ID MIS_2005_A30
Title Margery Allingham - Mistral Magazine
Abstract Article published in ...
Author Sylvia Gower
Source Mersea Museum

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Margery Allingham - literary connections to Mersea
ID LCM_AHM
Title Margery Allingham - literary connections to Mersea
Abstract MARGERY ALLINGHAM Many of you will have read novels by Margery Allingham or seen dramatizations on TV; perhaps her most famous series of books feature the quirky detective Albert Campion. Eight of her Campion mysteries were televised in 1989 and 1990 across two series starring Peter ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Drainage by Sarah Shehadeh
ID MIS_2021_A36
Title Drainage by Sarah Shehadeh
Abstract DRAINAGE It's amazing how quickly the headlines change ..... Brexit ........ Flooding ........ Coronavirus ....... Article published in ...
Author Sarah Shehadeh
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Strood Soldiers. The final journey to bring the "boys' back home, by Becca ...
ID MIS_2021_A24
Title The Strood Soldiers. The final journey to bring the "boys' back home, by Becca Brown
Abstract The Strood Soldiers The final journey to bring the "boys' back home, by Becca Brown Article published in ...
Author Becca Brown
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Why I Love Mersea Island by Heather Haward
ID MIS_2021_A22
Title Why I Love Mersea Island by Heather Haward
Abstract Article published in ...
Author Heather Haward
Source Mersea Museum

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Dora Greenwell McChesney - literary connections to Mersea
ID LCM_DMY
Title Dora Greenwell McChesney - literary connections to Mersea
Abstract Literary connections to Mersea Dora Greenwell McChesney I first became aware of American author, Dora Greenwell McChesney (1871 - 1912), following the chance finding by a researcher friend of an article Dora had written about Mersea Island in the Wichita Eagle newspaper dated 16th November ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Salcot Wigborough and Salcot Virley: Salmon's Essex 1740
ID TBM_SAL_103
Title Salcot Wigborough and Salcot Virley: Salmon's Essex 1740
Abstract SALCOT WIGBOROUGH and SALCOT VIRLEY: Salmon's Essex 1740 [Nathaniel Salmon (1675 - 1742) was an antiquarian who wrote a number of books on local history, principally Hertfordshire, Surrey and Essex.] Page 439 Salcot Wigborough - a hamlet of Great Wigborough contains about 140 ...
Author Nathaniel Salmon
Published 1740
Source Mersea Museum

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The House of Marney: John Goodwin alias Sidney David Gowing
ID LCM_GNG
Title The House of Marney: John Goodwin alias Sidney David Gowing
Abstract The House of Marney: John Goodwin (alias Sidney David Gowing) John Goodwin was a nom de plume for author Sidney David Gowing (1877 - 1943) who lived for a few years on Mersea Island - his widow was to stay on Mersea until her death in 1969. Below is the only picture I have found of Gowing, ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Peldon Village Pump
ID PH01_PMP
Title Peldon Village Pump
Abstract Peldon Village Pump The remains of the village pump as it is today (2019) We still have the fly wheel part of Peldon's village pump visible near the village sign next to The Plough on Lower Road. For many years the pump supplied ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Grannie's Playground
ID ML2024_001_051
Title Memory Lane - Grannie's Playground
Abstract Memory Lane - Grannie's Playground From Ron Green and Tony Millatt, Mersea Museum ; Work has started - and stopped - on the fence of the enclosure along Coast Road known locally as 'Grannie's Playground'. The reason is the concern ...
Author Ron Green
Published January 2024
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Archaeological investigations at Brierley Paddocks Development
ID BPD_CLM
Title Archaeological investigations at Brierley Paddocks Development
Abstract Archaeological Investigations at Brierley Paddocks, West Mersea The Brierley Paddocks development was on land between Cross Lane and Seaview Avenue. There had to be an archaeological investigation on the site, and as was expected, there were some interesting find. In October 2023 Callum ...
Author Callum Allsop
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Wombwell's Menagerie
ID WWL_MGR
Title Wombwell's Menagerie
Abstract

Wombwell's Menagerie I'd long been aware that the internationally famous travelling Wombwell's Menagerie, which operated from circa 1805 up to the 1930s, had links with the Wombwell family living in Tollesbury and thought I'd like to know more! How do the Wombwells ...

Author Elaine Barker
Published 2024
Source Mersea Museum

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Richard Haward - Sermon by his son Joe
ID RHW_003
Title Richard Haward - Sermon by his son Joe
Abstract I thought I would share my sermon from my father's funeral on Wednesday 18th October 2023: "A reading from John's Gospel: "Thereafter Jesus again manifested himself to the disciples on the Sea of Tiberias; and this was the manner in which he manifested himself: Simon Peter, and Thomas (which ...
Author Joe Haward
Published 18 October 2023
Source Mersea Museum

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Richard Howard - Eulogy by his wife Heather
ID RHW_002
Title Richard Howard - Eulogy by his wife Heather
Abstract Well, what can I say about Richard? Much more than I can squeeze into the next five minutes that's for sure. He was a man who loved his work, whether it be grading soles, counting oysters or driving loads of fish here and there and everywhere, he would be in his element. I first met ...
Author Heather Haward
Source Mersea Museum

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Richard Haward - a Mersea "gentle" man.
ID RHW_001
Title Richard Haward - a Mersea "gentle" man.
Abstract Mersea Island has lost another one of its "gentle"men with the sad passing of Richard Haward recently. Richard was born in 1945 to an old Mersea family going back over two hundred years on the Island, a heritage of which he was ...
Author Heather Haward
Keywords ENORI
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

In the Marshes of Old England
ID CW11_WTA
Title In the Marshes of Old England
Abstract The Wichita Daily Eagle Wichita, Kansas Sunday Morning, November 16, 1902 IN THE MARSHES OF OLD ENGLAND Part of the little Island is Still Wild EVER CHANGING COLOUR Of the Lowlands by the Side of the Sea The marsh land has lain unchanged so long, beside the ever-changing ...
Author Dora Greenwell McChesney
Published 16 November 1902
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mehalah's Country by G. W. Howe
ID EC63_02_A01
Title Mehalah's Country by G. W. Howe
Abstract Mehalah's Country by G. W. Howe Article from Essex Countryside magazine February 1963 transcribed by Joe Vince August 2023 Where Colne and Blackwater meet stands Mersea Island, separated from the remainder of Essex by long inlets from these two rivers. To be very truthful, the two parishes ...
Author G.W. Howe
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The police steam launch
ID JPA_001
Title The police steam launch
Abstract The poaching of oysters is recorded in the history of the island at least from the 18th century. As early as 1789 the theft of oysters was rife enough to see the setting up of a Protection Association to regulate the oyster trade and dissuade poaching. In 1808 a watch house was built on the Cob ...
Author John Pullen-Appleby
Source Mersea Museum

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Preserving the 'Mersea Pea'
ID ECS_PEA
Title Preserving the 'Mersea Pea'
Abstract TIME OUT article from Essex County Standard, transcribed by Pauline Winch ...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

An Urban Dream of Mersea
ID ECS_1968_MAY03_033
Title An Urban Dream of Mersea
Abstract ...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Some West Mersea shops of sixty years ago
ID ECS_SB11
Title Some West Mersea shops of sixty years ago
Abstract ...
Author Sybil Brand
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

The Village Green on Mersea Shore
ID ECS_VGN
Title The Village Green on Mersea Shore
Abstract WEST MERSEA will have the most unusual village green in Essex if a move by retired general practitioner Dr Alec Grant to register a 400-yard stretch of its waterfront as a public open space is successful. Dr Grant, a past secretary of the Mersea Island Society, has carried out the registration ...
Published c1969
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Stephanie Kay Ellis
ID ML2023_008_004
Title Stephanie Kay Ellis
Abstract Obituary Stephanie Kay Ellis 25 February 1961 - 3 July 2023 Dearest daughter of Ron and the late Wendy, Dearest wife of Clive, loving Mum to Charlie, Dear sister of Laurence and Sherill, Auntie to Adam, Charlotte and Jessica, Dear step mother to Scott and Gemma, Dear nanny to Ben, Poppy and ...
Author Ron Green
Published August 2023
Source Mersea Museum

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Ralph Mussett also known as Ralph Cutts Avis: a brief biography
ID CW7_RCA
Title Ralph Mussett also known as Ralph Cutts Avis: a brief biography
Abstract 'Intrigued by a reference to Ralph Mussett in John Pullen Appleby's lecture series on the History of Mersea, I was inspired to research the family and answer the question why was Ralph known by two surnames and why did 'Cutts Avis' seem to be both his wife's maiden name and married name.'  ...
Author Carol Wyatt
Published June 2023
Source Mersea Museum

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Memory Lane - Buses to Mersea
ID ML2023_007_066
Title Memory Lane - Buses to Mersea
Abstract I was born in No.6 Council House, Barfield Road in February, 1932. As soon as I was able, I was up at the front window watching the different buses of four companies passing by, so I've always had an interest in buses. It appears that the very first motor bus to run between Colchester and Mersea was ...
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Mersea Life - Strood Wharf
ID ML2023_006_061
Title Mersea Life - Strood Wharf
Abstract

Recently a photo was posted on a social media website showing a Berry's coach splashing through the Strood. It raised some questions, not about the coach but the two sailing barges in the background. What were they doing there? Few people realise that the Strood was a busy ...

Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Wigborough's charter of 947
ID WIG_947
Title Wigborough's charter of 947
Abstract Wigborough in the dim distant past........ For most of our local villages, the furthest back in time you can get documentary evidence are entries in the Domesday Book which compares the land, owners, men and animals of 1066 with the situation in 1086, the time of the survey. In it, most of ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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David W. Gallifant. 21 June 1943 - 2 Feb 2023
ID DWG_DNS
Title David W. Gallifant. 21 June 1943 - 2 Feb 2023
Abstract DAVID W. GALLIFANT. 21 June 1943 - 2 Feb 2023 ...
Author Georgina Nicholls
Published 11 May 2023
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Plough Public House Peldon
ID PH01_PPH
Title Plough Public House Peldon
Abstract THE PLOUGH PUBLIC HOUSE, PELDON, ESSEX ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Marsh Cottage - Nanny Baker's Cottage
ID ML2023_005_061
Title Marsh Cottage - Nanny Baker's Cottage
Abstract ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Bocking Hall - Arthur Winsley's Almshouses Charity Report
ID JCK_BHL_010
Title Bocking Hall - Arthur Winsley's Almshouses Charity Report
Abstract ESSEX CHARITIES. Report of Commissioners 1819-1837 COLCHESTER ARTHUR WINSLEY'S ALMSHOUSES re Booking Hall, West Mersea Arthur Winsley, of the parish of All Saints, Colchester, by his Will bearing date 28th March, 1726, and proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury 17th June 1727, ...
Source Mersea Museum / Janet Cock

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Article

Too Good to Leave
ID MIS_2019_A18
Title Too Good to Leave
Abstract Article published in ...
Author Tony Millatt
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

My Life by David Stoker
ID MIS_2019_A33
Title My Life by David Stoker
Abstract Article published in ...
Author David Stoker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Barclays Bank
ID ML2023_004_061
Title Memory Lane - Barclays Bank
Abstract The announcement that Barclays Bank on Mersea is to close brings to an end an era which began about 1894. Samuel Cant White had opened an agency for what was Gurneys, Round, Green and Co. bank, and then in 1896 about 20 banks merged to form Barclays and Company. The first building on Mersea was a ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

History of the Peldon Rose
ID PH01_PRH
Title History of the Peldon Rose
Abstract The History of the Peldon Rose Peldon Rose Public House C15, house, extensively altered early C17. Timber framed and plastered, with red plain tile roof. One storey and attics with 2 storey crosswing at north end. Crosswing originally jettied now underbuilt. Lean-to extension at ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Hilda Page of East Mersea
ID MIS_1968_HKP
Title Hilda Page of East Mersea
Abstract A Mersea Lady. Profile of Mrs Hilda Page of East Mersea, by Mary Tyler. Mistral - Journal of the Mersea Island Society. Winter 1968 / 1969 pages 5 and 6. One of the most interesting people living on Mersea is Mrs Hilda Page of West Mersea. With her mother, she came to the island before the ...
Author Mary Tyler
Source Mersea Museum

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The War-Ag
ID TXB_017
Title The War-Ag
Abstract THE WAR-AG Throughout the 1920s and 30s UK farming was at a low ebb. Farmers were unable to compete with cheap foreign imports of grain etc coming in from overseas and many of the fields were left uncultivated and growing weeds. With the outbreak of war in 1939 all that changed as ships ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Reeves Hall Farm by Ron Follington
ID RVH_FOL
Title Reeves Hall Farm by Ron Follington
Abstract REEVES HALL FARM EAST MERSEA 1962/1963 The Memories of Ron Follington. In mid 1962 my Brother-in-Law, Bernard Richardson, had agreed to purchase Reeves Hall Farm from the then owner, Mr Tom Dooley. The sale was to be completed by late September that year. At the time of the negotiations ...
Author Ron Follington
Published February 2023
Source Mersea Museum

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History of Malting Cottage Peldon
ID PH01_MLC
Title History of Malting Cottage Peldon
Abstract The History of Malting Cottage, Peldon. In researching the history of this house on Malting Road in Peldon, I found early documents taking us back to the wealthy Reynolds family who were Lords of the Manor and owned Peldon Hall from 1650. Amongst the cottage deeds is an Abstract of The ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Memory Lane - Local Shops
ID ML2023_003_061
Title Memory Lane - Local Shops
Abstract Having just passed my ninety first birthday, I am reminiscing about my early years and my visits in my pram to the local shops. I'm sure at only a few days old I would have been tucked up and wheeled down to the Co-op grocers on the corner of Barfield and Kingsland Road. I was born in the front ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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The Great Reform Act of 1832
ID PH01_GFA
Title The Great Reform Act of 1832
Abstract Parliamentary Elections and The Great Reform Act of 1832 I came across a petition in the 31st December 1831 issue of the County Standard addressed to the King (who would have been William IV) and signed by over 1,200 men from all corners of Essex, from major towns to tiny rural villages such as ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - the village centre
ID ML2023_002_052
Title Memory Lane - the village centre
Abstract Jack Botham was a photographer on the Island for many years after WW2. He was a keen flyer and left us a collection of over 300 aerial views, mostly taken 1959 to 1962. The photograph here is about 1962 and shows what can perhaps be thought of as ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Ralph Cutts Avis [Ralph Mussett] of West Mersea killed 22 September 1914
ID MPUB_NJN_006
Title Ralph Cutts Avis [Ralph Mussett] of West Mersea killed 22 September 1914
Abstract WW1 Memorial Profiles for West Mersea RALPH CUTTS AVIS (also known as Ralph Mussett) Yeoman of Signals Service No. 191425 (RFR/CH/B/6683) HMS CRESSY, Royal Navy Died 22 September 1914 age 35. No known grave
Author Roger Bullen
Source Mersea Museum

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Bertie Woods of East Mersea killed 11 August 1917
ID MPUB_NJN_113
Title Bertie Woods of East Mersea killed 11 August 1917
Abstract WW1 Memorial Profiles for West Mersea BERTIE WOODS Acting Bombardier, Service No. 32434 Royal Garrison Artillery Died 11 August 1917 aged 26 Buried Maroc British Cemetery, Nord Commemorated on East Mersea War Memorial Bertie Woods was born on Mersea Island in 1891, the son of ...
Author Roger Bullen
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

History of Ives Farm, Peldon
ID PH01_IVS
Title History of Ives Farm, Peldon
Abstract An early postcard showing Ives Farm. On the right is the gate and entrance to the footpath leading up to Church Road. View looking south. Although Ives Farm and the hill on which it stands have, in modern times, been known as St. Ives it ...
Author Elaine Barker
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

River Colne on its way to the Sea by Douglas Went
ID DW18
Title River Colne on its way to the Sea by Douglas Went
Abstract A collection of photographs by Douglas Went or the River Colne making its way down to the sea. The location of the first photograph is not yet known but an early photograph is at Great Maplestead. The collection ends at Brightlingsea, having had a brief a foray into the Blackwater. None of the ...
Author Douglas Went
Source Mersea Museum / Merriel Gallifant

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Article

May and Bean family history from Willoughby John Bean
ID FBQ_102
Title May and Bean family history from Willoughby John Bean
Abstract It was Edward May of Coppid Hall [ Copt Hall ], indeed I believe there were two of these and both are buried at West Mersea - no William May there - Mr Quincey the Timber Merchant of London put his savings into land in Essex and Suffolk. He first had as his estate agent a Mr. William Newman ...
Author Willoughby John Bean
Published 1930s
Source Mersea Museum / Alan Brook

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Article

Memory Lane - Local Carriers
ID ML2023_001_064
Title Memory Lane - Local Carriers
Abstract These days we see white vans delivering parcels everywhere, but what was it like in years gone by? How did parcels get - say from Mersea into Colchester for instance. Most villages had a carriers service, usually a horse drawn covered cart which doubled as a bus. It was not unusual when travelling ...
Author Ron Green
Source Mersea Museum

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Article

Memory Lane - Tendles
ID ML2022_012_064
Title Memory Lane - Tendles
Abstract

From Ron Green and Tony Millatt, Mersea Museum When I put the question to my 'Children' who are all in their sixties, do you know what a tendle is? I just got blank looks, yet tendle making was very much a Green family craft. The tendle is it seems, very much a Mersea thing. It ...

Published December 2022
Source Mersea Museum
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