Map > Branscombe > History
Branscombe, dating back from
the 11 century, is a picturesque village consisting a mix of cob and thatched
cottages, some 1.5 mile from the main A3052 (Donkey Sanctuary) to the pebble
beach at Branscombe Mouth.
Spectacular cliffs, raising up to 500 feet above sea level either side of the
Mouth, have recently been designated 'World Heritage Status' - a joy for walkers
along the S.W. Coast Path. In the past, cliff farmers worked these cliff 'plats',
harvesting early potatoes, vegetables and flowers, using donkeys to make deliveries
to Seaton, Sidmouth and beyond, there still being a working forge in the centre
of the village.
The ancient Church of St. Winifred's has a Norman tower and nave and a three-tiered
pulpit. Branscombe hosts two public houses (one offering accommodation), beach
tea rooms, holiday chalets on the beach, National Trust owned tea room (once
the Old Bakery) and a well used Village Hall. Bed and Breakfast accommodation
is available as well as a number of caravan parks/camp sites in the vicinity.