Revealing Burnham on Crouch

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I visited this Essex town for the first time last week, and discovered it has a wealth of history.

Revealing Burnham on Crouch

The Essex town of Burnham on Crouch is quietly tucked away to the eastern side of the county, and lies on the north of the river Crouch. For those people who don’t live in the UK, it is the East Anglian region of Great Britain. It is not only a ferry port, but also a fishing port, because of its oyster beds.

The town has many listed buildings, and one of its main features is the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, which was designed in 1931 by the modernist architect Joseph Emberton. A path stretches along the river bank, and there are local pubs backing onto the canal, where the visitors can sit and eat and drink whilst enjoying the views of the boats moored in the harbour.

Facts about the town

It is a small town with a high street full of character, white washed cottages , quaint buildings including the clock tower set in the middle of the high street. There is a bus stop there, and a plaque dedicated to the local charity dating back to the 19th century.

Burnham on Crouch has a relatively small population of about 7,500 people, but they are well catered for. There is a cinema, launderette, 3 chemists, and as many as 22 licensed drinking places. It also holds annual events, including, a charity raising pub crawl, started up in 2007. Over 100 people walk through the town in fancy dress, their aim is to raise money for the Samaritans Society. This event occurs twice a year, such is the support, both in summer and winter.

The town also holds an illuminated carnival, it has been celebrated every September for over 100 years. It is situated in the high street and the quay, and there are stalls, sideshows, and displays. In the evening, the Grand Illuminated Procession leaves the clock tower, and journeys around the town.

Our visit was in October

We visited in October, expecting to find a very quiet little laid back town, as its position makes it fairly isolated. But we chose the weekend of our Indian Summer, and it was quite the reverse. There were tables outside on the pavement, people eating ice creams, a lovely continental atmosphere, parked cars in the high street, although we did manage to get a space. The temperature soared to 29 degrees, and everyone was around enjoying it just like we were.

In complete contrast, we returned the next day, Monday, and it was like a ghost town. All the day trippers were gone, but the shops and banks were open. There was a peace and serenity about it that we had not experienced the day before, and we were able to take some nice photos to remind us of an enjoyable visit.

I can imagine this little town which has so much to offer gets very busy in the summer, and I was glad we had the chance to see it on both days, it was an interesting experience
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Burnham On Crouch, Essex, History, Quaint Buildings, River, Town

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar johnnydod
10th Oct 2011 (#)

I have been here many times Carol you have portrayed it to a tee

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author avatar Sam Bralley
10th Oct 2011 (#)

Very interesting; I may never see this place since I live in America, but I appreciate the share. Thanks, and congrats on the star...

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author avatar Buzz
11th Oct 2011 (#)

Very enjoyable read, Carol. Wow, another star page!

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author avatar Sheila Newton
11th Oct 2011 (#)

What a lovely name Burnham on Crouch is. I don't think I've ever properly visited Essex. I must make the effort! Great article - great images. Thanks, Carol.

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author avatar Carol
12th Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks Johnny, Sam, Buzz and Sheila .

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author avatar Songbird B
11th Nov 2011 (#)

What a lovely Star page, Carol, and stunning images too. A great review of a lovely English town...

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