Where Is It?
Burnham-on-Crouch is a town in the Maldon district of Essex in the East of England. It lies on the north bank of the River Crouch.
Historically it has benefitted from its location on the coast, first as a ferry port, later as a fishing port known for its oyster beds, and most recently as a centre for yachting. There are a large number of listed buildings in the town, including the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. The Mangapps Railway Museum is located nearby.
Although the town has a population of little over 7,500, it is the principal settlement in the wider Dengie peninsula area (population 20,000) and thus has many features perhaps more suited to larger towns, such as a cinema.
Isolated 20 miles from Chelmsford, the nearest large town (and hospital), the town would be very much in decline if it were not for Burnham-on-Crouch railway station. The station is situated on a single-line branch from Wickford, which escaped closure in the 1960s by Beeching as it was used to supply the nearby Bradwell Power Station. It was electrified in the 1980s, and provides a direct service to Liverpool Street station in the City of London thus including the town in the London commuter belt.
The Essex town was immortalised with a mention in the Ian Dury and the Blockheads' classic song "Billericay Dickie" which alludes to its somewhat upmarket status in the county.
The crawl, in tradition, will start at the Railway Pub opposite the surgery @ 4pm.