Steam Packet Maroon / York House

Pos William Ward Customs Officer

Once a social hub for the maritime community in Burnham, subsequently a boarding house and a care home for children and now a private residence once more.

Although this building was standing by the time of the Peachey Williams survey of 1838 it is likely it was a private residence of some importance at that time, as it is one of only two listed as ‘House and lawn’ rather than ‘House and garden’  suggesting the owners were of the leisured class.

The first reference to the ‘Steam Packet Inn’ is in 1861 when the Licensee is given as John Neck. Throughout the 1860’s it provided commercial accommodation and some stabling facilities. Next door to the Customs House, it was a popular rendezvous for the seafaring community.

Sometime between 1866 and 1871/2  it was acquired by Millicent Bowley and began operation as an apartment and boarding house and was renamed York House. In the 20th century it became a Residential Home operated by Somerset County Council. During the 1960’s & 1970’s it accommodated children.

2 thoughts on “Steam Packet Maroon / York House”

  1. I was a resident of York House, Children’s Home from 1969 to 1975. I had some bad times there but most of the times were good, Mrs Eva Winslade, the head of the household was overall a wise person and the staff under her were great. We as children all had our own problems and personalities which made life there somewhat interesting. In a way I am glad that I was sent there and not one of those other homes where some horrendous events happened. Staff members I remember are Dorothy Durban, Lynn Ashley, Sandra Fear, Those were the ones that I liked the most, they treated you fairly. On a closing note no matter what or how we were treated it is what has made us the way we are today and from having contact with a lot of the past residents that were there when I was life has not been easy but then not hard. May you all, if you read this have a great life ahead of you and thank you for being apart of my life. Yours Steve Davis

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