Capture Burnham is a local history initiative by North Sedgemoor Local History Group in association with Somerset Film. It has been funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Burnham & Highbridge Town Council. We hope it will stimulate your interest in Burnham’s history and encourage you to visit, follow the heritage trail and maybe even contribute to the site through the comments and gallery functions or by becoming a contributor. Capture Burnham is by no means comprehensive, it is intended to be an archive, which grows over time capturing the changing town and landscape around us. The initial content has been researched and written by a large number of local people following nominations from the public. Many of the pictures on the site have been given by members of the public and are used in good faith, and we are not aware of any copyright infringement. If there is, please inform us and any necessary correction will be made.
John Strickland | Chair North Sedgemoor Local History Group
Many images on this site appear courtesy of the Glyn Luxon Collection & others, not always recorded, who kindly donated them to John Strickland. Major contributors include Ann Popham and Bob & June Thomas.
Information and images from ‘The Book of Burnham on Sea’ by Winston & Robert Thomas appear by kind permission of Bob & June Thomas.
The advertisements which appear are taken from Mate’s Illustrated Burnham 1903; Patey’s Almanac 1949; Burnham Official Guides, the Burnham Gazette and other local or regional newspapers. Thanks to Alan Wheway for use of these guides and also much of the newspaper, census & genealogical research.
A list of NSLHG events can be found here
A more comprehensive list of sources can be found here.
This short film from the Norman Gobey collection, filmed on 9.5mm in 1937 shows the town decorated to mark the coronation and the events organised to mark the occasion.