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Welcome to the Branscombe Project

The Branscombe Project began more than twenty years ago. A group of people, some of whom had lived all their lives in Branscombe, others relative newcomers, decided they wanted to find out more about their village and the wider landscape.

The time-span is anywhere from prehistoric times to the present, and the idea is to explore changing landscapes, changing lives, historical materials, and living memories.
We have taped over a hundred interviews, dug in the archives and in the ground, and walked the landscape. People have lent us photographs, documents, postcards and objects.
We put on biennial exhibitions, winter talks, documentary dramas and ‘disappeared houses’ walks. We have covered topics as diverse as Branscombe Ghosts, Maps, Farming, Cliff Plats, Orchards, Shops & Trades, the Churchyard, Lace Making, Smuggling, Outside Loos, Road History, School History, Hedgerow Dating, Archaeological Excavation & Field-walking, House & Family Histories, Gardens, the Blackshirts, and the wreck of the Napoli.
Our events and activities are open to all - there is no subscription and no membership list.
We want to make as much of our work available on this website as possible. It will take time. We hope you’ll enjoy what’s here and find it useful.
The Steamship ‘Ballarat’ bound for Australia one hundred years ago
The Branscombe Diaspora
Your help needed
If you know of anyone who left Branscombe to live in another country in the past, please contact us by email and we will add your stories to our website.

Read what we know so far here ...
To contact us please join up our email address in the usual way:
contacts at branscombe project dot org dot uk
Final Reports
Branscombe Parish Council photo archive

Here it is, the Favourite Places Map!
Branscombe Project Winter Talks

April 24 Robert Crick and Dave Strange: Our Salcombe Neighbours – Unitarians and astronomers.
Read John Torrance’s latest talk here ...
A Medieval Hydraulic Landscape
A new Branscombe Project book!

It tells the story of a handwritten recipe book belonging to a Branscombe family. Started in the 1700s, the recipe book contains 217 recipes written by four women, probably farmers’ wives.

We see what foods they liked to eat,  what home-made wines they drank, and how their kitchens were equipped. Their home remedies include many garden and wayside herbs. The  cure for consumption begins ‘Take 300 snails ... then take a pint of great earthworms’. A good read!

With four colour plates, and Illustrated with original drawings by Cory Lyons, the price will be just £3.50.