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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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  • August 19, 2017
    Took our grand daughter here for a visit. Went over on the beach bus which she really liked. On the island itself you really do have to watch children as alot of high edges and falls and ditches. Must...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    It is well worth making the effort to get to Burgh Island and climb to the top.The views are fantastic along the coast. There is a public footpath which is very easy to follow. You can park either jus...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Arrived at low tide and parked on front, opposite the 'island' cost 2.60 for 2 hours. Short walk down to sand and over to hotel and pub. The sea tractor was parked ready for the tide to rise, but we d...  more »

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