Burnham on Crouch is truly a jewel of the Essex countryside and a quaint market town. It is the second largest town in the district after Maldon with a population of approx. 8,000. This handsome town is predominately known for its coastal trading history and sailing activities and has the title of Cowes of the East Coast.
Burnham on Crouch is situated on the banks of the River Crouch and is the largest centre of the picturesque Dengie 100, much of which remains unchanged since its listing in the Doomsday Book. Steeped in tradition and wonderful history; the area has been populated since Neolithic times.
This quiet and unspoiled riverside town is full of old-world charm with a number of listed buildings, boat yards and internationally renowned sailing clubs. Even though it is relatively remote and uncrowded, the town is within easy access of larger Essex towns, the bustle of city life in London and an international airport is a mere jaunt down the motorway.
It is inexpensive to buy or rent property in the area and there is a strong sense of community including a vibrant community radio station run by volunteers. Interestingly, if you live or work within 5 minutes of Burnham on Crouch Fire Station you could be paid to protect your community as an on-call firefighter!
If you are looking for a relaxed, calm and peaceful environment to dwell then look no further than Burnham on Crouch and the surrounding area. There is an abundance of recreational and cultural amenities to get involved in along with sharing the space with the amazing wildlife and the area’s infamous family of seals.
The area is best known as a yachting centre hosting the internationally famous ‘Burnham Week’ that takes place in August, hence its Cowes title. The much-loved celebration, which dates back to 1893, includes competitive yacht and dinghy racing on the River Crouch and a full party programme. The town has four sailing clubs including the prestigious grade II listed Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. Most of the jetties are private but from one a ferry service takes birdwatchers across the River Crouch to the RSPB reserve on Wallasea Island.
The area is popular for sailing, fishing and fossil hunting, whilst also enjoyed by bikers, cyclists, twitchers and dog walkers. Overlooking the River Crouch, and with views across to Wallasea Island, is Riverside Park. This superb open space is a naturalised area boasting an extensive wildflower meadow and provides habitat to a wide variety of wildlife.
This vibrant town also boasts many other scenic attractions, from fossil laden cliffs to a working steam railway museum. The land and seascape are captivating and the area attracts artists and craftspeople that regularly display in a variety of media including painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, jewellery, textiles and so much more.
This captivating section of the Essex coastline has an ancient manor house built in the 1500s on land owned by the Boleyn family and also houses a small amphitheatre that overlooks the beach. Also, in the heart of the Crouch Valley Region is Clayhill Vineyard which has commanding unrivalled views over the River Crouch Estuary and the tidal Bridgemarsh Island.
Areas of significant interest can also be found in the form of Blue House Farm; a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) as part of the River Crouch Marshes, notified for its wetland bird species and rare water beetles. Beyond the mudflats, the town has a gorgeous marina and a growing selection of quaint pubs, bars, tearooms and restaurants. The area is famous for its Oyster beds and there is great local produce, including fabulous oysters from Maldon.
An iconic clocktower dominates the pretty high street; there are museums, a cinema, and a sports centre. There is also a conservation area and historic buildings – 117 of which are listed. Annual events draw artists and authors from across the region. There is a brilliant torchlight carnival, an annual floral event, a weekly street market, monthly farmers market and the magical annual traditional Christmas market.
There is something for everyone; there is an 18 hole golf club, a Saturday Parkrun, an annual cycle ride, a triathlon, an art trail and flower shows.
If you are looking for a busier pace of life during some downtime then London is a hop, skip and a jump away with an hour’s train journey into Liverpool Street Station (these trains are every 40 minutes) or a direct train service to Southend, our local international airport. Additionally, from Southend Airport there is direct easy access to many European destinations, from Alicante to Palma de Mallorca.
From timber clad cottages to Georgian brick town houses, fishermen’s cottages and Victorian terraces; there is a home to suit everyone’s budget. For sale in Burnham and the surrounding area are one-bed flat/apartments from £145k, two-bed flats or established homes from £230k, two-bed new builds starting at £305k and two-bed Victorian terraces from £330k. Looking for more – there are three-bed established homes from £300k, town houses from £450k and detached homes from £450k+. Rental properties in Burnham on Crouch start at around £1,200 pcm for a two-bed apartment but further afield, in places like Rochford (within a 30-40 minute train/drive), a one-bed flat is around £725 pcm and a two-bed from £890 pcm.
To fulfil your work-life balance priorities and to maximise the benefits of your career with us and your life outside of work, Burnham on Crouch has it all. Learn about the atmospheric sights and sounds that have stirred the imagination of so many including artists that describe the stupendous light as like “living in an old masters’ painting”. The area is described as picture perfect with a memory ready to be captured or created on every corner. The town also has its own literary associations with both HG Wells and Alfred Hitchcock having been inspired here. If you have been inspired, we encourage you to come and be part of this unique and special part of the East Coast where a new chapter in your career at Ormiston Rivers Academy will navigate you to adventures and experiences like no other.