Burnham-on-Crouch has experienced some significantly cold weather. In 1897, the weather was so cold that photographs were taken of boats that were literally frozen into the waters of the harbor. Then, in the winter of 1962-1963, Burnham-on-Crouch was subjected to 7 weeks of arctic weather conditions. The waters in the harbor froze once again and reports were circulated that the cold weather was so extreme that eggs that were inside household larders were freezing inside their shells.
Burnham on Crouch History
Burnham-on-Crouch lies on the northern bank of the River Crouch and can trace its history to the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. It is listed in the Domesday Book and was granted its Royal Charter to hold a town market in 1253. Burnham-on-Crouch is well known as a centre for yachting, with no fewer than four yacht clubs. The town hosts the annual 'Burnham Week' regatta which claims to be the oldest of its kind on mainland Britain. Burnham-on-Crouch sits at the centre of the Dengie peninsula which is a designated area of special scientific interest and boasts flora and fauna that is protected by law because it is unique to the area. Despite its modest size (about 8000 residents), Burnham-on-crouch serves the wider peninsula by having many of the facilities necessary to serve the residents from the surrounding area such as a cinema and 22 licensed premises.
Among the notable residents of Burnham-on-Crouch are two significant recording artists. During a career stretching back to the 1960’s, Helen Watson has supported Joe Cocker, worked with artists such as Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, and released numerous solo works. The singer and songwriter Kate Walsh also comes from Burnham-on-Crouch and named her first solo album, Clocktower Park (2003), after the popular meeting place in the town.