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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.
Here it is, the Favourite Places Map!
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

April Project Exhibition

April 4 - 8


This Easter our exhibition is about Branscombe Pubs - the Masons Arms, the Fountain Head and the Three Horseshoes.
On Sunday the 8th we will be having a Pub Lunch as part of the Exhibition with Ploughmans, pub games and the bar will be open.

If you know anything about their history, if you have stories to tell, beans to spill, photos or pictures, we’d love to hear from you.
We have been contacted by someone who acquired a photo album of images between 1929 and 1939. She said most have no labels, but a few are of Branscombe. It seems some are of Beer as well. If you recognise any of the places, or even people, please comment on Flickr.

Many thanks to Sarah.

Click here for the link to her Flickr account of the photo album.
Branscombe Parish Council photo archive
Final Reports

East Devon AONB
Heritage Conference
Saturday 21 April 2018
Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth
April 9
Mudlarking on the Thames

Ted Sandling

Ted Sandling discusses the treasures of history that can be found mudlarking -exploring the Thames foreshore when the tide is out - from Roman tiles to Georgian pottery.
There will be no further talks in April.
Mudlarking on the Thames is our final talk of this series