Blunham Pubs : The Railway Inn

By Bill Exley

The Railway Tavern - c1960's
102, Station Road now 'The Conifers' - 2001

 

- The Ralway Tavern Pub / site is at the end of Station Road, one of our 8 Pubs, and was next to Blunham Railway Station [as was] , which served the Sandy, Blunham to Bedford stations. This Varsity - Line connected Cambridge to Oxford cities and so the Universities, opening in 1862 until 1968 when the line closed. - The station now Old Station Court, opened in 1866 until it was closed down 31/3/62 following the demise of many rail links Nationwide, at that time c1962 - 66, (4,000 Route miles lost to be excact) - all courtesy of a certain Dr / Mr / Baron Beeching, - Chairman of British Railways

- What a complete waste of money, time and effort with loss of lives, in the construction of tracks etc, all to be wasted. - Now, in the late 1990's and 2020 it is being 'Reviewed' as an option, for 'Links' to feed the Bedford and Cambridge areas. - Update now - (1/7/22) - the Oxford to Cambridge, or Varsity Line, route will take place in the near future.

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Old Blunham Station in 1920
The old tracks were taken up - c1970's, later the bridge outside spanning Station Road, leading South out of the village, to the nearby Hamlet of Chalton, was also dismantled. It is now a nicely prepared flat walk over to Sandy town, via relaxing scenery.

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A RECORD OF LANDLORDS & TENANTS

 

William Goodman - Railway Inn now and 1st Lic 1863- 1869
Nathaniel Kifford King - renamed the Railway Tavern 1869- 1888
Thomas Bossingham 1888- 1901
Now - the Blunham Population is 603 - Served by the Eight Pubs 1909
Mrs Rhoda Bossingham.- Brewers, Wells & Winch of Bedford 1901- 1914
Harry Bossingham 1914- 1935
Mr Baxter 23-05-1935 - 1939
Mrs Ann, May Baxter - widow . . 'The 2nd World War years now' 20-02-1939 - 1955
Harry Robinson 06-07-1955 - 1961
Sydney Reid - During 1961 - Wells & Winch merge with Greene King 18-10-1961 - 1966
The Railway Tavern - now Closes and lies Derelict
01-04-1966
After apprx 13 yrs - it re opens and a New Lic. is granted to - - >
 
   
Jim Sawford, a Tempsford Businessman 1979-83
Andrew Vaughn / Ex Cheff. 1983-86
Christine, Barbara Jennings 1986-87
Patricia Gudgin . - still Greene King - Brewers 1987-90
Mateo Lopez, and renamed The Huntress. - 23/03/92 1990-94
Thomas Keohane 1994-2000
   

The Huntress closes down and now a House - 'The Conifers'

During 2001

Last revision made by Bill Exley on - * - 1st July - 2022

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