The Memories of a Mersea Oysterman, by Leslie French
Published by Mersea Island Museum Trust, 28 pages. A5 size booklet (S5231)
The author was born in Mersea in 1904, and he left school at fourteen to start work in his father's oyster business. He later got his own fishing boat (called an oyster smack), and spent his entire working life fishing for oysters off the Essex coast
This booklet offers a fascinating insight into the social history of the last century, and especially the local history of Mersea and Essex, the characters that lived in the coastal fishing communities, and of course oystering and fishing.
Includes lots of black and white photographs
Mersea Island is located marginally off the coast of Essex, about nine miles southeast of Colchester, and is situated in the estuary area of the Blackwater and Colne rivers (The name 'Mersea' is derived from the Old English meresig meaning 'island of the pool'
Condition of the booklet is generally very good. The cover is clean and tidy, the staple spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound.