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As many of you know, the Branscombe Project has been involved with English Heritage and East Devon AONB in an Historic Environment Action Plan (HEAP) Project.

Emma Rouse, was funded by English Heritage to manage the project, and Phil Planel worked alongside Emma.

The project has now finished and the following final documents have been produced:

Mapping Historic Branscombe

Historic Environment Action Plan Branscombe

HEAP final overview map
We walked round the churchyard and looked at the layout and various sections that were added over time. We also explored the history of some of those buried. Ralph Cox then explained the history of the war memorial.
After the churchyard we moved on to Manor Mill where we enjoyed a guided tour.
As we moved around this area of the village we discussed the changes in housing and buildings over the years.
Finally we all retired to the village hall for cream teas and a talk about HEAPS. About 60 people took part in this enjoyable afternoon.


Map Detectives  

Our first Map Detective Day was held on 3rd December 2013. Report, with photographs, and background.

Our second Map Detective Day was in the village hall on 25th February 2014. Read report of the day with photographs.

Our third Map Detective Day was in the village hall on 4th April 2014 - see photos here.

Our fourth Map Detective Day was held on 7th November 2014 in the village hall. Read a report here.
Between 20 and 30 people enjoyed this walk. It was muddy in places but the sun shone on us, and the day ended with tea in the village hall.
We looked at prehistoric features in the landscape, the old cultivated plots(plats) on the cliff face (now home to holiday huts) and remains of lime kilns. Local man Sid Sweetland and several others shared their memories of the plats as we walked along.
April 2014 update from Emma Rouse with map of our progress
Tuesday  –   August 19 2014
‘The Postman’s Walk’
Read a report with photos of the day.
Additional photos
Below is an archive of events throughout the HEAP project. We held mapping days in the village hall and also walks around the parish.