sands uncover historic sea flushing ponds on Burnham beach
sands on Burnham-On-Sea beach have uncovered this wooden structure,
which local historians believe is an important part of the town's
say the object in the sands just off the South Esplanade
near the jetty is likely to be part of Burnham's sea water flushing
ponds, which were used more than 50 years ago.
chair of Burnham Historical Society, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The wooden framework is close to The Esplanade and could
be from a time when steamers docked alongside the jetty."
"In order for steamers with their day-trippers to come alongside
the jetty, the sand on the south side had to be removed daily,
and this was achieved in part by the use of sea water flushing
"The incoming tide would fill the wooden framed ponds and
at low water the sluice was opened, flushing the sand away and
ensuring there was sufficient draft for the next steamer to dock."
The paddle steamer The Waverley, pictured here, was one of the
steamers that frequently used to dock alongside Burnham-On-Sea's
jetty to take visitors on trips around the Bristol Channel many
It would have relied on the sea water flushing ponds to clear
the area next to the jetty, say historians. More local history
is available at captureburnham.co.uk.