|Burnham-on-Crouch the village in East Anglia
where our Richmond ancestors came from. It is was famous for oysters and
[click on small pics for a larger view]
Burnham-on-Crouch has many historic "listed" buildings along the quay (Ye Olde White Hart Hotel) and a few have small gardens. Some places are boat builders, some are oyster and mussel dealers' shops.
The Burnham Clock Tower - High Street - a landmark in the centre of town just behind the buildings on the quay.
This was built in memory of Laban Sweeting christened in St Marys church but not entered in the Registers as were many others christened between 1780s -1790s . [Proved by a descendant of this man - Gary Schroder, Quebec]
|Most buildings are pre 1920s in the centre of this village. The sea around here was famous for oyster beds and mussels.|
|Nowadays there are sailing regattas. The river and Burnham quay c1920s.- wooden sailing boats. The Quay beside the River Crouch which was about 30 feet below the quay when the tide was out, with some sand along the banks and many jetties jutting into it.|
|St Mary's, the only Anglican church in Burnham is about 1 mile north of the centre of the present village centre. Prior to the Middle Ages this higher area was the centre of Burnham. The town moved down to the riverside to develop sea trade and oyster dredging.|
|Many of the tombstones are above ground and some are little bigger than the body, in the shape of a mummy. This was probably done because the region was very prone to floods if dikes holding back the sea were broken. The walls of the tower are of Kentish ragstone brought by sea but the facing of the rest of the church are what seems to me like oyster shells. Construction took place from the twelfth to the fourteenth century.|
The wrought iron fences in photos earlier this century were probably used for wartime steel production.
"Burnham" where the church is high above the town and "The Town" on the banks of the Crouch River.
|Scrimshaw Mug of William Richmond of Burnham, mariner who died 1828.
Carved horn mug / cup no handle- about 6 inches high.
Sailors often did this carving to pass the time at sea.
|Burnham Related Data :
Estate and Family records ERO Fonds
DREW FAMILY OF SOUTHCHURCH
Level: Series Manor of Weekes Park Hall in Wix
Reference Code D/DS 83/22
Mark of John RICHMOND
Date From 1755 Date To 1755
DEEDS OF BURNHAM ERO
Reference Code D/DU 200/1
Dates of Creation 13 Oct.1769
Scope and Content Probate of the Will (30 September 1767) of John RICHMOND, sen., of Burnham, oyster dredger
Bequeaths messuage in Burnham wherein he was then living to wife
Margaret for life, then to grandson Daniel Rogers
and his heirs;
Date From 1767 --Date To 1769
To read about the Smugglers of Burnham see this book that was in the
ERO Chelmsford in 1997 and it mentions boats and Richmond smugglers!
|St Mary's Font and list of Ministers. Many thanks to all
who are contributors to this site!
St Mary's Cemetery [ I think- Liz]
Memorial to those killed in World war 1 and World War 2 from Burnham, Essex, England includes one S.E.Richmond.
[ I must try and find out who his full name was- Liz]
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