Changing landscape of Branscombe in focus

PUBLISHED: 12:04 24 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:20 17 June 2010

THE LOST landscape of Branscombe will be the topic of conversation in the village next week. Sue Dymond will be talking about her discoveries in the second of the Branscombe Project illustrated winter talks on Monday. She has been searching the archives,

THE LOST landscape of Branscombe will be the topic of conversation in the village next week.

Sue Dymond will be talking about her discoveries in the second of the Branscombe Project illustrated winter talks on Monday.

She has been searching the archives, old photographs and postcards and has discovered a lost world of water meadows and gypsum working in and around Branscombe.

Sue, whose interests include history and archaeology, said: "There are a lot of industries that are inter-related in Branscombe and my interest in gypsum began when I was researching cliff farmers.

"Somebody found out that in 1872 all these men were going to be evicted so that gypsum could be mined from the cliffs.

"I found that it went back even further than that and there is evidence in the 1700s and perhaps the Middle Ages."

Barbara Farquharson, organiser of the event, said: "The landscape always looks so timeless but it's amazing how much it's changed."

The talk named 'Branscombe Lost Landscapes: Gypsum and Water Meadows' will be held at the village hall on Monday from 7.30pm. Entrance is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided.


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