|Burnham Market sign|
The Burnhams is the name given to the villages grouped around the River Burn. Burnham Market is the main village and is known as 'Chelsea-on-sea' as it is full of trendy shops, similar to the ones down the King's Road. We stopped by there whilst on holiday recently - it is a charming place and the shops all have quaint frontages, but inside are a labyrinth of nooks and crannies.
|Brazen Head bookshop|
Grey and sunless it may have been, but the marsh was full of colour. The pale masses of the bents, thick and soft as cream coloured fur. The brilliant emerald patches of young grass round the pools of flood water. The browns and umbers and golds of the reeds, standing with rain-straight stems and dark plumed heads all leaning one way like the sheaves which bowed down to Joseph, the light shining silver along the spear points of their leaves. Grey November and the thraldom of winter's hand upon the land. The cry of the redshank and the distant snarl of the tide on the shingle. The long line of woods and rounded hills behind - the pewter-grey sea before - this corner of England which once it holds your heart is more lovely than any place on earth. Beautiful with a hint of secrecy which haunts it, as the memory of a dark and tender sadness clouds the brilliance of a summer day.
I like the way she describes the 'snarl of the tide on the shingle' - I have often wondered how to describe the sound - 'snarl' does it perfectly.
Burnham Overy Staithe is on the coast and provides moorings and launching for boats.
|Burnham Overy Staithe|
|Burnham Thorpe sign|
|Originally called The Plough|
Finallly, there are several more Burnhams which are residential villages - Burnham Deepdale and Burnham Norton, Burnham Thorpe and Burnham Westgate - as you can imagine, it does get rather confusing.