About

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

PROGRAMME OF ILLUSTRATED TALKS FOR 2016/17

  Topic Speaker
12th October North Somerset in the Monmouth Rebellion Johnny Torrens- Spence
9th November Lost buildings and structures in Burnham and Highbridge including a video of the 1959 Summer Carnival  John Strickland
14th December Christmas Customs  Brian Wright
11th   January Burnham’s Lifeboats and their crew  John Strickland
8th   February The Parrett Navigation Company  Francis Farr- Cox
8th March Local Historical Images from around Burnham  Cedric May
12th April Who do you think you are ? A glimpse into life during WWI  George Brown M.B.E
10th May Know Your Place.  An introduction to the digital mapping project  Ann Lovejoy
14th June The women who believed ”Girls Can ”.   The story of the La Retraite Sisters in Burnham.  Pat Nicholls
13th September 2017  A.G.M  

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Meetings are held in the King Alfred School Lecture Theatre  from 7pm to 9pm.
Annual Membership is £5 or £2 to attend a particular talk. This programme may be subject to alteration before this web page is corrected.

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.

18 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi just been on the tec college, the hockey team [ha] you have the names left to right wrong,
    the right is the left, teacher on the right,
    Cant pull up the pubs guess you are working on it,

  2. Grateful if you would confirm which of the dates above are for 2015? e.g. I would think that Jan onwards to be 2015 but see the 8th April postponed till 2015 :(

  3. I would like to enjoy learning about the area I live in. If I come along on the Members Evening on the 13th May 2015 ( obtained from your web-site) I hope I can find out a little more?

    Please will you confirm there will be a meeting on that evening?

    I look forward to meeting you all.

    Regards,

    Philip Neve

    1. Hello Philip,
      There is a meeting on the 13th May but I have had to replace the Members’ Evening with a slideshow about Roman Artefacts found in Huntspill. There is nearly always some discussion about Burnham at each meeting irrespective of the evenings topic.
      Please feel free to join us for this evening or any other one.
      Thank you for your interest.
      John

      1. Hello John
        I run the local history group for Street and Glastonbury U3A and just wondered do you venture out, to do talks on BOS ? If so I wonder if you tell me please if you make any charge for this ,or (say) only charge expenses ? I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you.
        Francis Thyer
        ( JS note – replied via my personal email.)

    2. Message for John Strickland

      Good to see you today with good memories. I have subscribed ! It’s an interesting website.

      Best wishes, Sarah

  4. It was a pleasure meeting you , briefly , at John and Jean Mackies this morning . Thanks also for the programme etc you gave me . There may be a few family historical details which I can give you .Will try and come to a meeting in the next few months , what time and where do you meet ?
    Best wishes……. Peter Little

    1. Hello Peter,
      Thank you for the email. We meet at 7pm in the King Alfred School Lecture Theatre which is in the building behind the School’s information building.
      Thanks again for making contact and you should now get an email when new posts are added to this website.
      John

  5. John,
    I have lived in this area now for a few years and wish to learn more about the local area. I will try to come along to your meeting on the 10th Feb.

    Kind Regards

    Richard

    1. Hello Richard, Thanks for your interest. If you can make it I shall be giving an illustrated slide show of maps ,the earliest is 1787, and also aerial photos from the 1900’s. There is an interesting fact regarding Steart Island which probably not many of the local residents know about. I hope to see you there. John

  6. Hi John – Haven’t been able to do much for a while – had to change email address – long story!
    Seen the write up on Burnham Mill which I have a little more detail on, also I am writing up Steart and see that you had a slide show recently and that you had a little known interesting fact? Would be very interested as to what that may be please?

    Roy

    1. Hello Roy,

      I do intend to put the information about Steart ,from the slide show on the 10th Feb, on this site but need to keep my powder dry until after that evening. If you email me directly with your new email I will send you directly the information I have so far.
      Thanks for the interest,
      John

      1. Dear John
        I’m writing a book about ‘great conservation projects’, beginning with the Steart coastal realignment. I am keen to talk to you about the slide show that you mention in these pages. Was that about Steart Island?
        Sincerely
        Simon Bates

        1. Hello Simon,

          It did contain a few images of the island. I will email you my personal contact details so we can talk.
          Thanks for your interest.
          John

  7. Can you tell me anything about Hart House School that was in Berrow Road from 1893-1911? It was run by Herbert Thompson who had set up the original Hart House School in Tregory, Cornwall in 1880 but moved to Burnham in 1893. Are there any records or photos of the school? I cannot seem to find anything about it on the Internet. A male relative of mine attended the school as a boarder in 1901. Regards Barry Phillips

    1. Hello Barry,
      Thank you for your interest show. Yes I do have quite a bit of information on this School including the fact it was a VAD ( Voluntary Aid Detachment ) Hospital around 1915. It will take a while but I will be putting this information under Schools then Hart House School.
      Thanks again for your interest.
      John Strickland

  8. Hi John Roger Harvery very kindly put me in touch with you from the burnham on sea past and present page on facebook. I have for some time 13 year!! been trying to obtain photos of the “Newtown” are of highbridge but not having much luck, i have a few photos provided by Tomas Samuel Mcdade but none really predate 1950, particualry interested in Newtown Road buildings:
    The tablernacle
    The Anchor Inn
    The Globe
    The Somerset Vaults (top house)
    The saw mills
    the brick factories
    Majors Yard
    Etc…

    there are lots of photos of the main part of town, CHurch and Market street the coopers the george etcbut the Newtown area of town is just void of any photos pre 1950

    I have tried so far
    Somerset archives in taunton
    Bos historical society
    The highbridge history book published about 13 years ago
    https//capturehighbridge.wordpress.com
    I wonder if you can help

    Js note replied via my email

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