Braunton and the Great Field beyond

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Displays spanning the two world conflicts. The training that took place on the "Burrows" in 1943/4 was instrumental in the winning of the battle for Normandy. A Heritage Lottery grant in 2009 enabled the museum to tell the story of the historic importance of the area.

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If you’re thinking of coming camping in Braunton next Summer then check out Fairlinch Camping in Braunton. Cheap, straightforward (run by a local farmer) and very handy for the surfing beaches of Saunton and Croyde.

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Station House of the old Railway Station

Henry Williamson: This display is based in a prominent part of the museum - the vestibule. Photographs and information on the local writer of Tarka the Otter fame.

Originally called Heanton Court, The Braunton Inn was an ancient manor house for distinguished families descended from King Edward IV. During the 19th Century, the great house began to be let out to farmers, its castellated towers making it one of the grandest farmhouses in North Devon. In the 1930's, pleasure flights to Lundy Island would land in the grounds.

Several of the historic estates within the parish of Braunton have expanded into larger settlements. They include:

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Main Blowout (geology) dune at Braunton Burrows

In 550 the missionary St. Brannock sailed from South Wales and converted the native Britons to Christianity. Brannock was a priest in the household of Brychan, King of Brecknock. He married one of the king's daughters, but due to family troubles left his royal home. At that time the Welsh Britons often raided their Dumnonian neighbours in North Devon, on the south side of the Bristol Channel.

Small display of artifacts and photographs, fact sheets are available for sale please ask at desk. Recently the Parish Council have sited a series of information and display boards around the village which tell the story of the railway, before Mr Beeching wielded his axe.

Braunton Dean, which probably represented the land granted by King William the Conqueror to Algar the Priest at some time before the compilation of the Domesday Book of 1086.[11] Together with the Rectory of Braunton, it shortly afterwards came into the possession of the Dean of Exeter.[12] In 1810 it was held, as a tenant of the Dean and Chapter, by Charles Trelwany of Coldrenick in Cornwall.[12]

Welcome to the Braunton Village Website which was set up as a wonderful community resource by Barrie Kissak back in 1999. With Barrie’s kind permission, this site is going to be merged with www.AboutBraunton.com to form what we hope will be Braunton’s main community information website and resource. For the moment, we are continuing to publish Barrie’s content on this site. For more information on Braunton, what it has to offer and what’s on, visit www.AboutBraunton.com.

A reminder of Braunton's railway. Rails left in the road at a level crossing in Braunton

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Braunton has an oceanic climate that is heavily moderated by the proximity to the Atlantic.

Goods Shep of the old Railway Station; today the Museum of British Surfing

A number of major surf brands are associated with the village including Tiki and Salt Rock.[citation needed]

The township, that grew up around this church, he named Brannockstood, which later became Brauntona and at the end of the nineteenth century, Braunton. Many of the older villagers would tell you that they lived in Branton just as those of a neighbouring village today say they lived in Ham.

Since the closing years of the 20th century, the village has become a hub for surfing as it is on the main road gateway to three of the South West's surf beaches of Saunton, Croyde and Putsborough, all with fine powdery sand, and to a lesser extent a road to Woolacombe). The Museum of British Surfing opened in 2012 in the old goods shed of the old Braunton Railway Station on the Ilfracombe Branch Line.[29][30]

WNW of the village centre is a modest farm, Fairlynch, followed by a farm-courtyard cluster of buildings, Lobb and then north, by three springs in a cleft (lowland half-bowl) of the Saunton Down upland ridge is a similar cluster, North Lobb with no road access from these places other than to Braunton but a footpath (Milkaway Lane) to Croyde and a similarly downhill branch to the south, Hannaborrow Lane to Saunton Sands.

The grade I listed[20] parish church, dedicated to St. Brannock, is large and has a Norman tower topped by a spire.[21] A fine series of richly carved 16th century bench-ends survive with other interesting carved woodwork. The building is almost entirely 15th century, excepting the 13th century chancel with its arch and three lancet windows. The advowson of the parish church was historically a possession of Exeter Cathedral ("St Mary and St Peter").[11]

Braunton & District Museum The Bakehouse Centre Caen Street Braunton EX33 1AA Braunton EX33 1AA T: 01271-816688 E: brauntonmuseum@yahoo.co.uk

Braunton Marshes and swans. Taken from Marsh Road

AboutBraunton has a picture of the River Caen this morning slightly flooding one bank but thankfully still being contained by the flood garden.

A printed guide to the collection is also available. For 2012 there are new exhibitions on the maritime history and a photographic history of the village.

Wrafton almost adjoins to the south and some of its affinity, particularly economic, is with Braunton instead of its civil parish, Heanton Punchardon further along the straight, semi-coastal road towards Barnstaple.

Fullabrook was the home of Sir Nicholas Hooper (1654–1731), Member of Parliament for Barnstaple 1695–1715.[28]

With its imposing high stone walls and crenulations, there are few pubs grander than The Braunton Inn. We have fantastic views and walkers will be drawn to the Tarka Trail by the River Taw.

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Scurfield Close leading off from the road to Georgeham

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The museum is located in the main Caen Street car park in the centre of Braunton.

The town has a few hotels and guesthouses but numerous shops and pubs.

Braunton railway station formerly existed on the now closed Ilfracombe Branch Line two stations from Barnstaple railway station on the 'Tarka' or North Devon Line from Exeter, which currently operate regular and heritage trains.

The civil parish includes the linear, hill-foot coastal settlement of Saunton, chiefly with holiday homes a small holiday village and a stand-alone luxury hotel with private beach areas.

There are a range of surfing facilities located in Braunton.

Higher above the village is Knowle commencing within 1 mile (1.6 km) to the northwest.