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 Walter Strickland collection

 

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

 

3 thoughts on “The Railway”

  1. Talking to my Brother who is aged 90 years he said he remembers The Railway Public House as being called the Jan Rid is there any record as this being fact.

    1. Hi Lorraine.
      After checking information researched by Alan Wheway it appears that Jan Ridd was the name of the person who ran the off-license attached to The Railway in the 1930’s, also recorded as Emily J. Ridd.

  2. Hello Lorraine,
    This is new information to the group maintaining this site. We will mention this to our Local History Group when we can restart our meetings. Thanks for sharing this with us as its only by people sharing memories that these things come to light. We have recently discovered that the Ring O Bells was originally named The Liverpool Inn. Why – we still don’t know.
    John

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