infobox UK place
country = England
population= 7,636 (2001 Census)
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Maldon and East Chelmsford
Burnham-on-Crouch is a town in the Maldon district of
Essexin the East of England. It lies on the north bank of the River Crouch.
Historically, it has benefited from its location on the coast - first as a ferry port, later as a
fishing portknown for its oyster beds, and most recently as a centre for yachting. There are a many listed buildings in the town, including the Grade II* listed Royal Corinthian Yacht Clubdesigned in 1931 by the modernist architect Joseph Emberton. The Mangapps Railway Museumis located nearby.
Although the town has a population of little over 7,500, it is the principal settlement in the wider
Dengie peninsulaarea (population 20,000): it thus has many features perhaps more suited to larger towns, such as a cinema.
The Essex town was immortalised with a mention in the classic song "
Billericay Dickie", by Ian Dury and the Blockheads. This song alludes to Burnham's somewhat upmarket status in the county.
Burnham-on-Crouch's charity fund-raising bi-annual pub crawl [http://www.b-o-c-pubcrawl.co.uk] is fast becoming a talking point in the town. Over one hundred local people walk through the town in themed fancy dress raising money for the Samaritans Organisation. There is both a Summer and Winter edition of the crawl and the event started back in June 2007.
The seaside town recently attracted media attention, when some local residents formed a political action group. Their aim was to try and discourage constituents from voting for the
British National Party, who recently stood in local elections across the region. Calling themselves the 'Burnham Liberation Front' (BLF), they try to stop fascism in rural England. Dr Phil Edwards, national spokes-person of the BNPcalled the BLF, "a dangerous bunch of reactionaries." This comment sparked an electronic war of words as Anti Fascist Actionclaimed it was "ignorantly ironic, as the BNPare the most dangerous political party in the UK".
Isolated 20 miles from
Chelmsford, the nearest large town (and hospital), the town would be very much in decline if it were not for Burnham-on-Crouch railway station. 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 Power Station. The branch line was electrified in the 1980s, and provides a direct service to Liverpool Street Stationin the City of London, allowing the town's inclusion in the London commuter belt.
Burnham-On-Crouch hosts the highly regarded sailing event known as 'Burnham Week'. This takes place annually, from 25 August to 1 September. 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.
It is arguably the longest running annual yacht regatta on the mainland of the UK, dating back as far as 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 fleets as well as a full partying programme.
* [http://www.burnham-rnli.org.uk/ Burnham-on-Crouch Lifeboat]
* [http://www.burnhamoncrouchweather.com/wx4.html Burnham-on-Crouch Weather Live]
* [http://www.burnhamoncrouchweather.com/ Burnham-on-Crouch Weather Station]
* [http://www.burnham.ukfossils.co.uk/ Fossil Collecting at Burnham-on-Crouch]
* [http://burnhamweek.org.uk/index.php Burnham Week]
* [http://www.burnham.lovethepictures.co.uk New and old pictures of Burnham-on-Crouch and the surrounding area]
* [http://www.elocal.co.uk/BOC/index.asp Community Website for Burnham-on-Crouch and the Dengie Hundred]
* [http://www.burnhamrotary.info The Website of the Rotary Club of Burnham on Crouch & Dengie Hundred]
* [http://www.burnham.org.uk/ Information on Burnham-on-Crouch including History, People etc]
* [http://www.burnhamramblersfc.co.uk/ Official website for Burnham Ramblers Football Club]
* [http://www.flickr.com/groups/dengiehundred/ Images of the Dengie Hundred.]
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