Branscombe is a village in the county of Devon in southwest England. The town is located on the coast between Sidmouth and Beer and has only a little more than 500 inhabitants, living mainly from tourism or agriculture. Fishing and silk embroidery no longer play the role as in previous centuries. The village is long in a narrow valley that opens to the coast in the Branscombe Mouth. There is a pebble-covered beach. To the east and west are the steep cliffs of the Jurassic Coast; the South West Coast Path invites to long hikes. In addition to its natural surroundings, the site's attractions include a number of historic buildings. Worth mentioning is the church of St. Winifred from the 12th century, whose central tower with its square floor plan clearly shows the Norman style of construction. The Masons Arms is a 14th century inn still in operation today, dating back to the same period as the Great Seaside Farm. The thatched Branscombe Forge is possibly one of the oldest still active forges of this construction. In the immediate vicinity there is a restored mill (Manor Mill) and an old bakery, which in addition to historical appliances presents fresh tea and biscuits. This museum-based ensemble provides an insight into the crafted ways of working of past centuries and is under the administration of the National Trust. The rather quiet and historic place came in January 2007 unexpectedly in the current headlines, as the hurried in the hurricane Kyrill freighter MSC Napoli was set with some classified as dangerous cargo (especially pesticides) on the coast before Branscombe controlled grounded. A number of the overboard containers were flushed to the beach and plundered before the police could close off the site. These incidents and the protracted salvage operations in front of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001 have been followed with concern. The salvage operations were completed with the removal of the last wreckage in July 2009.
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