West Mersea, Essex

Historical Description

Mersea, West, a parish in Essex, 6 miles S from Wivenhoe station on the Tendring Hundred branch of the G.E.R., and 10 S by W of Colchester. It comprises the western part of Mersea Island, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Colchester and a coastguard station. Acreage, 3193 ; population, 1171. A Benedictine priory was here, a cell to St Audouin's in Rouen, and passed to the D'Arcies of St Osyth. Two islets, one of them called Cobmarsh, lie adjacent in Salcott Creek. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £188 with residence. The church, a building of stone and flint showing traces of Norman work, consists of nave, S aisle, and chancel, with a tower, and is good. There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Essex
Ecclesiastical parish West Mersea St. Peter and St. Paul
Hundred Winstree
Poor Law union Lexden and Winstree

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