History

The Old Forge is believed to be the oldest working forge in the country © Jeremy Grimoldby

The Old Forge is believed to be the oldest working forge in the country

Discover Branscombe's past

For the best source of information visit the Branscombe Project. From ghosts and smuggling to hedgerow dating and archaeological excavation, the project has gathered a rich and fascinating history of the area.

The history of the Weston Plats

In the 19th century Branscombe was famous for its cliff allotments which rivalled Jersey in potato production. Abandoned and forgotten in the 1960s, the history of these plats has now come to light.

Branscombe lace making

From the 17th to the 19th centuries, Branscombe was a source of hand-made lace. Such was their skill that the women of Beer and Branscombe helped make the wedding dress of Queen Victoria.

 

Second World War secret factory

During the Second World War a secret factory was established at Branscombe, manufacturing aircraft components and shell fuses.

 

Branscombe historic timeline

We've put together a brief history of Branscombe.

Modern day shipwreck

In January 2007, the MSC Napoli, a 62,000-ton cargo ship, was beached in Lyme Bay, off Branscombe. Over the next two years the spotlight was on this beached vessel and the complex salvage operation.

Memories of Branscombe

Branscombe beach is a perfect place to relax, go swimming or enjoy a walk

If you would like to share your memories old and new we'd love to hear from you.  Drop us an email or drop in to the rangers' office next to the Old Forge.

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