Burnham-on-Crouch

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Coordinates: 51°37′42″N 0°48′52″E / 51.6284°N 0.8145°E / 51.6284; 0.8145

Burnham-on-Crouch
Spinnakers on the River Crouch.jpg
Yacht racing under spinnakers on the River Crouch, Burnham-on-Crouch
Burnham-on-Crouch is located in Essex
Burnham-on-Crouch
Burnham-on-Crouch
 Burnham-on-Crouch shown within Essex
Population 7,636 (2001 Census)
OS grid reference TQ948959
District Maldon
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Burnham-on-Crouch
Postcode district CM0
Dialling code 01621
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Maldon
List of places
UK
England
Essex

Burnham-on-Crouch is a town in the Maldon District of Essex in the East of England. It lies on the north bank of the River Crouch.[1] It is one of Britain's leading places to go yachting.[1]

History[edit]

Historically, it has benefited from its location on the coast - first as a ferry port,[2] later as a fishing port known for its oyster beds,[3] and most recently as a centre for yachting.[2] There are many listed buildings in the town, including the Grade II* listed Royal Corinthian Yacht Club designed in 1931 by the modernist architect Joseph Emberton.[2] The Mangapps Railway Museum is located nearby.

Although the town has a population of little over 7,500, it is the principal settlement in the wider Dengie peninsula area (population 20,000),[4] meaning it has facilities that are uncommon in small towns, such as a cinema,[5] a laundrette, a post office, 22 licensed drinking establishments and three pharmacies.[6]

Society and culture[edit]

Burnham-on-Crouch holds a bi-annual charity fund-raising pub crawl, an event which first took place in June 2007.[7] Typically more than 100 local people walk through the town in themed fancy dress raising money for The Samaritans. There is both a summer and winter edition of the crawl.

The town has a community magazine based in the town and compiled by Burnham residents. Burnham & Dengie Hundred Review is delivered free to residents in Burnham and the surrounding area.

On the last Saturday of September, the town holds its Illuminated Carnival, which was held for the 100th year in 2008. The carnival takes place in the High Street and Quay with stalls, sideshows and displays, and culminates with a Grand Illuminated Procession in the evening, which leaves from the Clock Tower and proceeds around the town.[8] There is also a fancy dress competition for children, there are four categories: under five years old, from five to eight years old, over eight years old and children's groups. This is held on a cut off part of the town's High Street, beneath the Clock Tower.

The Essex town was mentioned in the song "Billericay Dickie", by Ian Dury. This song alludes to Burnham's somewhat upmarket status in the county.

Transport[edit]

Burnham-on-Crouch railway station

In view of the town's comparatively isolated position – 20 miles from Chelmsford (the nearest large town) – Burnham-on-Crouch railway station represents a vital transport link. The station is situated on a single-line branch from Wickford, which escaped closure in the 1960s by Beeching, as it was used to supply the nearby Bradwell nuclear power station. The branch line was electrified in the 1980s, and provides off-peak services to Wickford with direct services to and from London Liverpool Street during rush hour, thus allowing the town's inclusion in the London commuter belt.

Sport[edit]

Yachting[edit]

The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex. The international style building was designed by Joseph Emberton in 1931

Burnham-on-Crouch hosts a sailing event known as 'Burnham Week'. This takes place annually, in the last week of August. The week includes competitive yacht and dinghy racing on the River Crouch. The event is shared among the four established sailing clubs in Burnham: The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club (linked to the sailing club with the same name in Cowes, Isle Of Wight), The Royal Burnham Yacht Club, The Crouch Yacht Club, and The Burnham Sailing Club.

This annual yacht regatta dates back to 1893. In the early years, Burnham Week was regarded as the last event in the sailing calendar. In the days before marinas afforded year-round access, many yachts were laid up for the winter in mud-berths on the east coast rivers. The racing fleets worked their way along the south coast, enjoying various events and regattas, having a final fling at Burnham before laying up. Today, the event is still growing strongly and the various sailing clubs produce many highly regarded sailors. The week provides a range of competitive racing events as well as a full party programme.

Other sporting activities[edit]

Sport and leisure[edit]

Burnham-on-Crouch has a Non-League football club Burnham Ramblers F.C., which plays at Leslie Fields.

In addition, Burnham also boasts well-supported rugby union, cricket and lawn bowls clubs, all of which compete at local, county and regional levels.

Golf is also popular and Burnham Golf Club (18-hole course) is at Creeksea, approximately 1.5 miles from the town centre.

Notable people[edit]

  • Neil Faith, professional wrestler, attended St. Mary's Primary School, Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Kate Walsh, musician, from Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Helen Watson, musician, lives in Burnham-on-Crouch
  • Jamie Rickers, TV presenter, grew up in Southminster

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stuart Fisher (5 January 2012). Rivers of Britain: Estuaries, tideways, havens, lochs, firths and kyles. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 210–. ISBN 978-1-4081-5583-7. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c M.P.B. Fautley; J.H. Garon (1 July 2004). Essex Coastline: Then and Now. Matthew Fautley. pp. 119–. ISBN 978-0-9548010-0-7. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  3. ^ World fishing. IPC Industrial Press. 1973. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ David St John Thomas (29 July 2010). Remote Britain. frances lincoln ltd. pp. 495–. ISBN 978-0-7112-3054-5. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Peter Ashley (26 April 2011). Cross Country: English Buildings and Landscape From Countryside to Coast. John Wiley & Sons. pp. 146–. ISBN 978-0-470-68611-9. 
  6. ^ Institute of Health Service Administrators (1974). The Hospitals & health services year book and directory of hospital suppliers. Institute of Health Service Administrators. ISBN 978-0-901003-09-6. 
  7. ^ "Burnham-On-Crouch pub crawl". 
  8. ^ "Burnham has a big celebration". Essex Life (Archant). September 2008. p. 16. Retrieved 2009-01-18.  (Registration required).

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