ID: ELS_LST / Elaine Barker

TitleOwen Ernest Ellis - list of papers
Papers belonging to the late Owen Ernest Ellis (1924 - 2013) brought up in Birch in 4, Church Cottages. His mother, Florence (1892 -1981) remained there all her life and was buried in St Peter's Churchyard, Birch. Her maiden name was Bond. His father was Charles E Ellis (1894 - 1968). His parents married in 1917.

Owen worked at Paxman's but was a prolific writer and also attended courses on public speaking. His work, a mix of short stories, articles, poetry and anecdotes is largely fiction but Birch was clearly a big inspiration.

The list below contains links to the stories available here. The others have not been scanned but are stored in the Museum archives.

1.23rd Psalm - Parody
2.A Christmas Diesel - short story based on a Christmas Carol
3.A Set of Old Golf Clubs - Short story
4.A Surfeit of Trademen - Article
5.An Old Rudge - short story
6.And Turns No More Hishead - short story
7.And What Will The Gentry Do then, Poor Things? - article
8.Apple Tree Ambush - anecdote
9.Awaiting Autumn - verse
10.Autumn Yearning - poem
11.Blackberry and Buckshot - humour
12.Bluebells in Lexden Park - poem
13.Boulevard of Memories - article: Human and Local Interest
14.Bridle Way Lexden Park - Poem
15.Christmas and the Past - Verse
16.Culmination of a Season's Awareness - verse
17.For my Old Friend Tim - verse
18.Flo and Syd a Tribute - verse
19.ELS_019 Forbidden Humbugs - a true story
20.Frankenstein Recalled - Reminiscence
21.Gardening Time - a script for contrasting voices
22.Heads We Win - Tails You Lose - anecdote
23.Hell Is Full Of Amatuer Musicians - anecdote
24.In Norwich Cathedral - verse
25.ELS_025 Joanna - a short story and a poem
26.Julie - poem
27.Last Love - poem
28.Laughter In a Vale Of Tears - anecdote
29.Memory's End - poem
30.Mud Cure For Moroans - topical anecdote
31.No Clara At Christmas - poem
32.O Memory! Thou Fond Deceiver - article
33.On Hearing Of Your Leaving - poem
34.ELS_034 On The Death of My Father - poem
35.On the Occaion Of Meeting Two Old Friends At a Football Match - verse
36.Our Albert - prose
37.Poetic Injustice - Writing Challenge
38.Prologue to Parricide - a play in one act
39.Realisation - free verse
41.Rubberneck Donkey's Back - Dissertation
42.Secret Love - poem
43.Soccer Subterfuge - short story
44.Social Schizophrenia - verse
45.ELS_045 Spring Wedding at Birch - free verse (also called Bitter Sweet Wedding)
46.Suburban Oasis - verse
47.That Indefinable Something - a Paxman product - prose
48.ELS_048 The Bailey Meadow - verse
49.The Biggest Ass - humour
50.The Chap Who calls Me Reg - anecdote
51.The Cocky- Doodle One - anecdote plus newspaper cutting
52.The Day the BRM Failed - anecdote
53.The Sledge That Went Full Circle - short story
54.The Unsavoury Incident Behind The Memorial Hall (Shrub End)
55.The Workers' Revenge - satirical verse
56.The Wrong Half - short story
57.The Wrong Memory Lane - short story
58.ELS_058 Tom Barnes's Threshing Tackle - reminiscence
59.ELS_059 To Arms! The Philistines Are Among Thee - reminiscences of Home Guard
60.Tuesday Evening - verse
61.United We Fall - anecdote
62.Walking to The Fair - earlier version of 19. above.
63.We're All Middle Class Now - satirical verse plus newspaper clipping.
64.When the Devil Drives - short story
65.Winter Nostalgia - rhyming verse
66.ELS_066 When Remembrance Was New. A Poem for Remembrance Day
67.ELS_067 Reflections at my village War Memorial
68.ELS_068 Reflections in the Churchyard of St Peter's Birch
69.ELS_069 Tribute to a Sportsman - Henry James
70.ELS_070 St Peter's Quartet
71.ELS_071 Grandfather Tim Bond
BFile of Colchester Public Library Literary Society 'flyers' for their talks and functions - including talks by Ronald Blythe, Bensusan Butt and Stan Jarvis. 1969-1974
CBits and pieces including a letter from Tom Wiseman about Birch Hall, a Parish News with covering letter by Eric Hall, a 1899 advert for the Britannia Works and various 'scribblings'.
101.ELS_101 The Salcott (Virley) Devil Story (from a printed publication, author unknown)
102.ECS_2000... Birch Millennium Village. ECS article
103.Parish News Nov 2000 - includes Owens 'When Remembrance was new'
104.Letter to Owen Ellis from Tom Wiseman 20 Jul 2006
AuthorElaine Barker
SourceMersea Museum
Related Images:
 Bailey Meadow House. Listed weatherboard house in Birch village.
 From Essex County Standard Property pages in 2002. The house was formerly Heath Farm - it is not known when it was renamed.  ELS_048_101
ImageID:   ELS_048_101
Title: Bailey Meadow House. Listed weatherboard house in Birch village.
From Essex County Standard Property pages in 2002. The house was formerly Heath Farm - it is not known when it was renamed.
Date:15 November 2002
Source:Mersea Museum / Owen Ellis