Albion Hotel & Rifleman’s Arms

The 1861 edition of Kelly’s Directory for Burnham has two pubs listed in College Street. The first being The Railway, whose original entrance was in College Street and has now been bricked up. The second is for the Albion Hotel and Riflemen’s Arms, and is not recorded anywhere else as such.

In the 1861 Census there is an entry for Joseph Norris, age 42 who is described as “Inn Keeper” living with his family of wife Jane, Rhoda Jane and Sarah Ann in College Street. There is no mention of any Hotel or pub.

The Somerset Heritage Centre has an Indenture, whose reference is A/AVX 3 and the above illustration shows the location to be the corner of the High Street and College Street. Barley Pen is Tithe plot number 12 in the 1841 Tithe Apportionment book and was owned and occupied by William Clements. Richard Hodges was the builder who came from Berrow. The blue area is the plot that was sold about 1846. The green area was a road that was to be made up by William Clements.

The High Street was then called Church Street (even before Alfred Street) and this part of College Street was then called Clements Street, William living in Barley Pen House.

The earliest mention for The Riflemen’s Arms appears to be about 1857. Both the Albion Hotel and The Riflemen’s Arms appear to have been very short-lived. There seems to be no further records of either business after 1862, when the premises passed to Henry Marchent, who ran a bakery business at this site. The bakehouse was to the rear of these premises

The Albion Hotel is now Bargain Booze and The Riflemen’s Arms would appear to be the adjoining building in College Street that has a bricked-up doorway.

Kelly’s Directory for 1866 has an entry for Joseph Norris of Church Street, Burnham whose occupation is described as “Road Contractor”. In the Census of 1871 Joseph Norris and family are living at Poplar Cottage (Berrow Road) and he is now a “Farmer of 11 acres, employing 1 man”.  So the Albion Hotel and Riflemen’s Arms was one of many occupations that Joseph had in his lifetime.