Burnham on Crouch and the Dengie Hundred
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. It is one of Britain's leading places to for yachting and other water sports. Historically, it has benefited 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 many listed buildings in the town, including the Grade II listed Royal Corinthian Yacht Club designed in 1931 by the modernist architect Joseph Emberton. Although the town has a population of little over 7,550, it is the principal settlement in the wider Dengie peninsula area (population 20,000), meaning it has facilities that are uncommon in small towns, such as a cinema, a laundrette, a post office, 20 odd licensed drinking establishments. Burnham-on-Crouch holds a bi-annual charity fund-raising pubcrawl, an event which first took place in June 2007. Typically more than 100 local people walk through the town in themed fancy dress raising money for The Samaritans. There is both a summer and winter edition of the crawl. The town has a community magazine based in the town and compiled by Burnham residents. Burnham & Dengie Hundred Review is delivered free to residents in Burnham and the surrounding area.
In September, the town holds its Illuminated Carnival, which was held for the 100th year in 2008.The carnival takes place in the High Street and Quay with stalls, sideshows and displays, and culminates with a Grand Illuminated Procession in the evening, which leaves from the Clock Tower and proceeds around the town. The Essex town was mentioned in the song "Billericay Dickie", by Ian Dury and the Blockheads. This song alludes to Burnham's somewhat upmarket status in the county. Burnham-on-Crouch also hosts a sailing event known as 'Burnham Week'. This takes place annually, in the last week of August. The week includes competitive yacht and dinghy racing on the River Crouch. The event is shared among the four established sailing clubs in Burnham: The Royal Corinthian YachtClub (linked to the sailing club with the same name in Cowes, Isle Of Wight), The Royal Burnham Yacht Club, The Crouch Yacht Club and The Burnham Sailing Club. This annual yacht regatta dates back to 1893. In the early years, Burnham Week was regarded as the last event in the sailing calendar. In the days before marinas afforded year-round access, many yachts were laid up for the winter in mud-berths on the east coast rivers. The racing fleets worked their way along the south coast, enjoying various events and regattas, having a final fling at Burnham before laying up. Today, the event is still growing strongly and the various sailing clubs produce many highly regarded sailors. The week provides a range of competitive racing events as well as a full party programme. The Dengie Peninsula is a peninsula of land to the south-east of Chelmsford with the North Sea to the east and the River Crouch to the south and the River Blackwater and Maldon to the north.