Highbridge and Brean maritime history in spotlight
heritage across the region will go in the spotlight when a historian
visits Burnham-On-Sea this week.
historian Philip Ashford will give an illustrated talk at North
Sedgemoors local history meeting on Wednesday 14th March at
7pm in King Alfred School Lecture Theatre.
focus of the talk will be on maritime heritage activity between
Bridgwater and Uphill, including Combwich and Highbridge, where
aspects before the age of steam will be presented," says one
of the organisers, John Strickland.
will also be some juicy snippets such as 'illegal goings on' along
the coast in medieval and Tudor times; why pregnant girls passed
through Uphill to Wales in the seventeenth century; and why the
mouth of the Parrett was so dangerous."
talk will also cover what types of vessel were wrecked along this
section of the coast, what personal travel and migration took place
under sail from Bridgwater, and the weather problems in the Highbridge
area during the eighteenth century."
audience will also see the likeness of a person born in the 18th
century who died in the channel off Burnham.
can attend the talk for £2 or by becoming a member can hear
all future talks in the group's current programme at a cost of £5.
Copies of Philips books will be for sale on the night and
will be available for signing.
Top, Uphill Wharf and Brean Down and, above, a 13th century ship
in the estuary