The town of Burnham-on-Crouch is situated on the north bank of the River Crouch, which is an attractive tidal estuary. Historically the town was originally a ferry port, and then becoming a fishing port known for its oyster beds, and most recently a renowned yachting centre hosting 'Burnham Week' at the end of August.
Although the town has a population of little over 7,500, it is the principal settlement in the Dengie peninsula and is consequently able to boast facilities that are uncommon in small towns. These include two primary schools and a secondary school*, a cinema, Burnham Yacht Harbour/Marina and several other boatyards, four yacht clubs, two supermarkets, no less than nine public houses and numerous other restaurants, eateries and shops and a railway station on the Southminster branch line with direct trains into London Liverpool Street.
The Burnham-on-Crouch Golf Club, founded in 1923, is situated in Creeksea on the outskirts of Burnham and enjoys breathtaking views over the Crouch Valley and River Crouch.
Bradwell on Sea is situated on the Dengie Peninsular where the Blackwater estuary meets the North Sea providing a delightful village, with a thriving local community and located in a maritime setting with a highly regarded marina, several beaches and access onto the sea wall.
The area is otherwise a quiet, rural, mainly arable landscape with some flat areas of open countryside and some quite stunning undulating areas with hilltop vantage points. Bradwell offers a great history as a sea port with records existing as far back as 1478, where a waterside quay was developed in the 14th century to export a thriving sheep market, not only to London and various cities, but also to the continent.
Sailing and motor boating enthusiasts use the River Blackwater for a variety of reasons, from competitions such as the Thames Barge Races to yacht club races and Bradwell also has a sailing/training establishment school (Bradwell Outdoors) with its ideal sheltered tidal waters.
This key location has embarked Bradwell as a special place from Roman times to the present day. Evidence of the original Roman fort still remains, with other historical points of interest include St Peters Chapel and St Cedd, now in an isolated position on the peninsular with a later church built around 17th Century in the centre of the village. Bradwell also has the remains of its war time airfield, home in the 1940's to 418 squadron Royal Canadian Air force. At the end of the war the airfield was returned to agriculture and to this day visitors can see the main runways, the old control tower and the mosquito monument erected in the memory of those who gave their lives at Bradwell Bay.
Just up the road towards Maldon is the coastal village of St Lawrence which is again a haven for boating and yachting enthusiasts and is also a popular weekend and holiday destination.
The parish of Tillingham lies within the Maldon District between Burnham-on-Crouch and St. Lawrence, both of which are havens for the sailing enthusiast.
Tillingham is a vibrant village and includes Church of England primary school, two village pubs, the highly regarded Sarah Green's Organic Farm Shop, local convenience store and at the heart of the community the church of St. Nicholas which has long association with St. Paul's Cathedral, London.
For the sailing enthusiast Tillingham is situated midway between the Rivers Blackwater and Crouch. Rail services can be found at Southminster, Burnham and South Woodham. South Woodham also has access onto the A130 dual carriageway connecting Southend and the A12 near Chelmsford.
The village of Southminster is situated at the end of the railway line leading to London's Liverpool street station and also offers local primary school and a High street with various local shops and facilities.
If you would like any further information on the above villages please do not hesitate to contact Church & Hawes on 01621 782652.
* The new Ormiston Rivers Academy opened on 1st September 2011. The following is a quote from the Principal.
We are delighted and privileged to be joining the Ormiston family and have enjoyed the challenge of creating our new Academy, which we are confident will provide educational excellence for all the children in our community. We are determined to build on the improvements made over the past few years to create a truly outstanding learning environment, where our students can reach their full potential and achieve their aspirations. Ormiston Trust is a trusted and respected Academy sponsor, with an impressive track record of significant school improvement. We look forward to working in close collaboration with them in the future, alongside the local community, in order to provide the very best opportunities for all our students.
Joan Costello - Principal