Somerset & Dorset Public House

Named after the railway and station which was nearby.
Image kindly provided by Ann Popham

The station, situated at the junction of Marine Drive, Pier Street and Abingdon Street, was a terminus of the Burnham branch of the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway. It opened 3 May 1858. The inn, opposite the station, opened some time later than this when  the development of the High Street reached  that end of town, and was named after the railway company.


The pub has had a number of different picture signs over recent years.


6 thoughts on “Somerset & Dorset Public House”

  1. Hi,
    We are the current landlords of The Somerset and Dorset Pub. We would love to have permission to get copies of these pictures. We would frame the copies and display them inside? Who do we contact about this?
    Kind regards.

    1. Hello Gaynor,
      Thank you for your message. We do not own the original images but were given permission to copy for posting on the site. I will contact the people who donated to ask if we can copy them for you. This may take a while as I need to search my files for their contact details.
      Thank you for your interest.

      1. Hello Gaynor,
        I’m sorry but the photos of the building are not available to share for you. I do have pamphlets of our Heritage Trail for your customers if you wish. This gives images and also the Trail route.

    2. Hi Gaynor, the photos of the old signs are mine, they are not particularly high resolution and may not blow up that well but I can email you copies if you would be happy to reply with your email address. I imagine you may be more interested in the photos of the building which I will have to leave to John to deal with.

  2. Hello you may know I am writing a book on pubs. Part of the price of the book will include a £1 donation on each book sold to BARB (Burnham Area Rescue Boat). I would like to get in touch with the person that posted the above picture as I would like to put it in the book. Can anyone please tell me how to contact her? Thanks

    1. Hello Jane,

      Mrs Popham has agreed to your use of her photo and hopefully this image is now on your private email.
      Thanks for contacting us.

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