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.
Branscombe Project Winter Talks
March 27 Sue Dymond:
New Discoveries about Branscombe Allotments;
Mill and Forge – a system of Medieval Waterways?
April 24 Robert Crick and Dave Strange: Our Salcombe Neighbours – Unitarians and astronomers.
The launch of a new Branscombe Project book will take place in Branscombe Village Hall on Sunday 9 April at 3.30 pm, at the tea party to remember the grounding of the Napoli.
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 launch price will be just £3.00.