Burnham-on-Sea is a town in Somerset, England, at the mouth of the River Parrett and Bridgwater Bay. Burnham was a small village until the late 18th century, when it began to grow because of its popularity as a seaside resort. It forms part of the parish of Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge. According to the 2001 census the population of the parish was 18,401.
The position of the town on the edge of the Somerset Levels, where they meet the Bristol Channel, has resulted in a history dominated by land reclamation and sea defences since Roman times. Burnham was seriously affected by the Bristol Channel floods of 1607, with the present curved concrete wall was completed in 1988. There have been many shipwrecks on the Gore Sands, which lie just offshore and can be exposed at low tides. Lighthouses are hence prominent landmarks in the town, with the original lighthouse known as the Round Tower built to replace the light on the top of the 14th-century tower of St Andrews Church. The 110 feet (34 m) pillar or High Lighthouse and the low wooden pile lighthouse or Lighthouse on legs on the beach were built to replace it. The town's first lifeboat was provided in 1836 by the Corporation of Bridgwater.
A stone pier was built in 1858 by the Somerset Central Railway. Soon afterwards, in 1860, a steamer service to Wales was inaugurated, but it was never a commercial success, and ended in 1888. Burnham-on-Sea railway station was the terminus of the Burnham branch of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. It opened in 1858, closed to scheduled passenger traffic in 1951, and stopped being used for excursions in 1962. The former Great Western Railway station is now known as Highbridge and Burnham. A second pier, built of concrete between 1911 and 1914, is claimed to be the shortest pier in Britain.
Local authority: North Somerset Council
OS Grid Reference: ST307491
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Phone 01278 787852
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In a tranquil location, this small B&B is just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre and the beach. Knightsrest offers free Wi-Fi and free parking. Each room at Knightsrest has a flat-screen TV, with Freeview channels. Details...
This charming pub offers comfortable guest rooms, free Wi-Fi and free parking on site. There is a covered decking area, a peaceful garden, and a children’s play area, and Highbridge is a 5-minute drive away. Details...
Dating back to 1796, the adults-only Royal Clarence Hotel is situated on the seafront at Burnham-on-Sea. Guests can enjoy far-reaching sea views from the 1st floor covered veranda. Details...
In recognition of its high standards, St Aubyn's Guest House has a prestigious 4 star award. St Aubyn's Guest House is run with loving care by the resident owners. Details...
Set in the seaside resort of Burnham-on-Sea, Cloisters Guest House is just a 5-minute stroll to the beach or 10 minutes to the town centre. It has wholesome cooked breakfasts and free Wi-Fi. Details...
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