Branscombe village, Devon
Branscombe is a village in East Devon, roughly halfway between Sidmouth and Seaton.
The village lies about half a mile (1 km.) northwest of the coast at Branscombe Mouth.
Situated within the East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the village is very picturesque and boasts no fewer than three National Trust properties: The Old Bakery, Manor Mill and Forge.
The village grew up around the lace making and fishing industries, with some inhabitants possibly working in the quarries at nearby Beer.
White's Devonshire Directory of 1850 reported that Branscombe is'a pleasant village, on the coast of the English channel, at the mouth of a rivulet, 5 miles E. by N. of Sidmouth, and S.W. of Colyton, has in its parish 956 souls... Many women and girls in this neighbourhood are employed in making lace, and here are quarries of excellent freestone'.
Since the nineteenth century however the population has stopped growing. The main industries these days are farming and tourism. Branscombe had a population of 507 people in the 2011 Census.
The village church is dedicated to St. Winifred and was built between 1133 and 1160.
Stay at a nearby Holiday Park and keep the kids amused all day! Parks in the vicinity include those at:
Plenty of hotels are available locally. Consider those in the local towns: