SOME HISTORY ABOUT MERSEA

Mersea Island is five miles long and two miles wide - it has a land mass of 2,683 acres.

Mersea faces south to the River Blackwater Estuary - east to the River Colne and north west to the Strood and Pyefleet Channel.

Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in Britain.

At full moon and new moon high tides may cover the main causeway - when for a while Mersea becomes a true island.

There are about one thousand boat moorings in the River and Creeks.

West Mersea has one of the largest Primary schools in Essex.

Mersea was connected to main sewage and mains water in 1924.

Electricity came to West Mersea in the mid 1930's but not to East Mersea until 1946.

Mains Gas did not arrive in Mersea until 1989.

Bradwell Power Station was built in 1962.

During WW2 there were about 2000 troops stationed on the island.

The Cricketing Mussetts - Mersea Cricket Club is allegedly one of the oldest established in the country. At one time the whole of the first team were Mussetts.

First Policeman - In 1844 Mersea's first policeman arrived on the island to take up his duties. His name was William Frances and he was 22 years old.

Before WW2 the prize for winning the 'Greasy Pole' Contest on Regatta Day was a live pig.

The first Mersea Regatta was held on the 28th July 1838 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Victoria.
 

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Contact Details

West Mersea Town Council
10 Melrose Road, West Mersea
Colchester, Essex, CO5 8JD

Email: info@westmersea.org
Telephone: 01206 382128

Office opening hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday 9am to 12pm.

You can still contact us by telephone and email at other times.

 
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