Refill Burnham & The Plastic Problem

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I just attended the launch event for the ‘Refill Burnham & The Plastic Problem’ exhibition at Burnham-On-Crouch & District Museum opened today by town mayor Wendy Stamp and councillor Vanessa Bell. It’s an exhibition about both problems and solutions. Continue reading “Refill Burnham & The Plastic Problem”

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A forest of raspberry canes

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As part of the research I’ve been doing into the local history of fruit production, I came across William J. Tate’s 1899 book East Coast Scenery: Rambles Through Towns and Villages; Nutting, Blackberrying, and Mushrooming; Sea Fishing, Wild-fowl Shooting etc. which was apparently illustrated by Arthur Rackham. The book is a collection of articles contributed to ‘the columns of the Civil Service Guardian in 1890-91, and the Bristol Times and Mirror in 1897-98.’ Amongst his trips about the Eastern counties Tate and an associate visit Burnham and Southminster, and in his account of the two locales he reveals Continue reading “A forest of raspberry canes”

Orchards East

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I have just signed up as a volunteer on the Orchards East project – I will be researching the history of orchards in my local parish of Burnham-on-Crouch.

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Orchards East Survey Map

I’ve been provided with an OS map of the parish marked with the locations of orchards identified on the c.1888 ordnance survey map. My first task is to survey those sites for any extant orchards or what has replaced them. I’m beginning with the site nearest to my house, which has been designated HESS1416. Continue reading “Orchards East”

Azimuthal Projections, RetroSuburbia & Solarpunk

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Azimuthal Projections is not a progressive rock album but ‘a map projection in which a region of the earth is projected on to a plane tangential to the surface, usually at a pole or the equator.’ I just came across (via Transit Maps) this azimuthal equidistant projection of Columbus, Ohio, USA which is catchily titled:   Continue reading “Azimuthal Projections, RetroSuburbia & Solarpunk”

Beating the Bounds 2: BoC to Southminster

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A circular walk between Burnham-on-Crouch and Southminster. Leaving Burnham by Wick Road travelling east, turning north on to the footpath across Burnham Wick Farm fields (PROW 242_15) and travelling on path until it meets Marsh Road by Dammer Wick farm. Passed two dog walkers using the track. Rye planted in fields. Continue reading “Beating the Bounds 2: BoC to Southminster”

Beating the Bounds 1: North Fambridge to BoC

An afternoon bracer: off the train at North Fambridge at 15.10 then south down at Fambridge Road. At the turn to The Avenue I instead took the footpath (PROW 256_10) along Blue House Farm Chase towards Blue House Farm. Instead of proceeding directly to the sea wall by the continuing public footpath (PROW 256_13) I took the permissive path east across Blue House Farm land. This initially dragged me north easterly along a raised bund, higher than the wet fields and fleets.

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