The Burnham Lifeboat       

The above are of The Lifeboat Pavilion Restaurant in Victoria Street where the present cinema now stands.

The following comes to you with acknowledgements to Councillor Martin Cox, Operations manager Retired; Somerset Harbours by Graham Farr; The Seaboard of Mendip by Francis A Knight; Channel Passage by Paul Newman; A History of Bridgwater by JF Lawrence, revised and completed by JC Lawrence; my photograph collection; the family of Richard Cox Coxswain of the Burnham Lifeboat, and the RNLI, remembering all those who have suffered from the Winds of Misfortune over the years.


This lifeboat is unidentified but may be that of the one preceding The Cheltenham.

The building to the right with a frontage of bushes

was that of the customs and excise, opposite is the weather flag 

beneath which were steps leading to the water from where the customs' & pilots' boats were launched.


The Cheltenham first launch at Spaville Gardens Lake, Cheltenham

The Cheltenham Lifeboat's at the top of Burnham launch jetty



The John Godfrey Morris at the top of Burnham Launch Jetty


The Philip Beach Lifeboat arriving back at Burnham Jetty

These are some of the pictures I have of the Lifeboats that have served the ships trading to and fro Bridgwater Bay over the years.

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The Burnham Lifeboat Story