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Burgh Island, Plymouth

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Burgh Island is a small tidal island on the coast of South Devon in England near the small seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea. There are several buildings on the island, the largest being the Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel. The other buildings are three private houses, and a public house, the Pilchard Inn, run by the hotel.HistoryArchaeological discovery of tin ingots at the River Erme estuary wreck such that the local area was a significant tin trading port in ancient times ; it is unclear whether the ingots date from the Iron Age or Sub-Roman periods, however this discovery so close to Burgh Island has drawn comparisons with Diodorus Siculus 1C BCE text, more often associated with St Michaels Mount in Cornwall:Though the early history of the island is unclear, however it is mentioned in early records and on maps as St Michael's Island. Later the name changed to Borough Island, eventually being corrupted to Burgh. As late as 1947 an Ordnance Survey map refers to the island as Borough Island. In 1908 a postcard produced by Stengel & Co Ltd of London referred to it as Burr Island. A map published in 1765 shows "Borough or Bur Isle".It is believed a monastery was established on the island, most of the remains of which may lie beneath the current hotel. The ancient Pilchard Inn may have started life as the guest lodgings for the monastery.
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  • Wonderful beach with amenities. Cafe, shop, toilets. When the tide is low Burgh island is an easy walk away but during high tide there is a sea tractor that you can take. Lovely walk around the island...  more »
  • Visited Burgh Island in the summer with our 4 children. Can't believe there are no signs anywhere warning about the cliffs around 3 sides of the island. No fences. Nothing. Our children ran off ahead ...  more »
  • Nice walk across from Bigbury at low tide or via sea tractor at high tide (for a small fee). Fairly steep but manageable climb via gravel track/path to top of island. Not suitable for buggys as narrow...  more »