The Railway

‘The Railway’ was at one time known as ‘Liley’s Railway Hotel’, however, the innkeeper recorded in the 1861 census is James Hallett. This record, together with what we know about the chronological development of the town centre, indicates that ‘The Railway’ was probably built not that long after the opening of the Somerset & Dorset Railway’s  Burnham spur. It therefore probably predates the Somerset and Dorset pub.

It was possibly the first building on the large plot of land known as ‘Barley Pen’ which lay between Alfred St (High St) and Oxford St, to the south of Victoria St (Tithe map 1843).

One of the two Public Houses named after the coming of the railway. From the Evan Strickland collection
One of the two Public Houses named after the coming of the railway.
From the Evan Strickland collection

 

Taken around 1910 and shows the side entrance since removed.
Taken around 1910 and shows the side entrance since removed.

 

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