Wednesday, 7 September 2016
Bustaine of Devon
What were your family doing in 1069?
Mine were watching a rematch of the Battle of Hastings.
The village of Braunton in Devon lies just a few miles from the sea, its sand dunes and the Taw-Torridge Estuary make it a lovely holiday location and apleasant place to live. Although considered by most of those living there to be a village, Braunton, with over seven thousand inhabitants is actually the size ofa small town. You can walk on Braunton Burrows, a designated biosphere reserve and the first in the country to have gained this title, and along the South WestCoastal Path. South of the village is the River Taw that has made its way northwards from its origins on Dartmoor, its path changing direction until it reaches Heanton Punchardon and from there it flows south-west, diverted from its path by the aforementioned massive sand dunes of Braunton Burrows before it joins with the River Torridge, to form a tidal estuary that takes its name from both rivers. From there it joins the Atlantic Ocean.
The introduction to my Bustaine family history continues here: