Burnham-on-Crouch

Burnham-on-Crouch is an historic town situated on the banks of the River Crouch in Essex. It is a quiet, unspoilt riverside town known as the 'Cowes of the East Coast'. The attractive quayside is full of old-world charm with listed buildings, boat-building yards and sailing clubs. It has an interesting history dating back to well before 'Little Domesday' in 1086.

High Street
These two shops, either side of the narrow jaws of Providence, have both changed function since the buildings were erected.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Burnham on Crouch 1 2024 images courtesy David Gaylard
Above: 38 Burnham High Street (formerly 'Travelsmith House' when it was a travel agents):
'CROUCH
BAKERY'
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Burnham on Crouch 2
The One-Stop shop at 40 Burnham High Street features a fascinating rectangular panel in the front gable:
'STANDARD TEA
WAREHOUSE.'
While the nearby ‘Crouch Bakery’ is fairly self-explanantory, the ‘Standard Tea Warehouse’ might have an interesting derivation. At one time, was Burnham-on-Crouch a trading port importing tea? Or was it a case of a trader selling tea to the public who wanted to make his premises sound rather grand? More research required.
Ipswich Historic Lettering: Burnham on Crouch 3


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