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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 shown within Essex
Population 7,671 (2011 Census)[1]
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

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

Burnham-on-Crouch is a town and civil parish in the Maldon District of Essex in the East of England. It lies on the north bank of the River Crouch.[2] It is one of Britain's leading places for yachting.[2]

The civil parish extends 5 miles (8 km) east of the town to the mouth of the River Crouch. It includes the hamlets of Creeksea and Ostend west of the town, Stoneyhills to the north and Dammer Wick, West Wick and East Wick east of the town.


Historically, it has benefited from its location on the coast – first as a ferry port,[3]:119 later as a fishing port known for its oyster beds,[4] and most recently as a centre for yachting.[3]:132 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.[3] 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),[5] meaning it has facilities that are uncommon in small towns, such as a cinema,[6] a laundrette, a post office, 22 licensed drinking establishments and three pharmacies.[7]

Local amenities[edit]

There are many pubs in Burnham-on-Crouch featuring (from top to bottom) New Welcome Sailor, Oyster Smack, The Star, The Queen's Head, The Old White Hart Hotel, The Anchor, The Ship, The Victoria Inn. Takeaways are a feature in Burnham-on-Crouch also, including (from top to bottom) Dhanshiri, Oriental House, Pizza Island (Previously Rocket Pizza), Sauda Village, Spice Fusion, The Polash, Burnham Grill, Curry Cottage. Burnham also features a Co-op supermarket, Tesco Express, Petrol Station, Newsagents

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.[8] 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-based magazine printed by Maypole Press & Publishing, called the Burnham-on-Crouch and Dengie Focus. It is delivered free to all homes in Burnham and Southminster and left at local shops in Dengie.

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 on 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.[9] There is also a fancy-dress competition for children. The carnival is sponsored by local businesses.

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.


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.



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]

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
  • Keith Musto, Olympic silver medallist in the Tokyo 1964 Olympics for Sailing


  1. ^ "Town population 2011". Retrieved 22 September 2015. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b c M.P.B. Fautley; J.H. Garon (1 July 2004). Essex Coastline: Then and Now. Matthew Fautley. pp. 119–132. ISBN 978-0-9548010-0-7. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  4. ^ World fishing. IPC Industrial Press. 1973. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  5. ^ David St John Thomas (29 July 2010). Remote Britain. frances lincoln ltd. pp. 495–. ISBN 978-0-7112-3054-5. Retrieved 1 August 2012. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ 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. 
  8. ^ "Burnham-On-Crouch pub crawl". 
  9. ^ "Burnham has a big celebration". Essex Life (Archant). September 2008. p. 16. Retrieved 18 January 2009.  (Registration required).

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