Blunham Pubs: The Railway Inn

Greene King

By Bill Exley

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


This Public House one of 8, was at the end of Station Road adjacent to Blunham Station serving the Sandy to Bedford line and beyond. The station opened in 1862 closing in 1968 following the demise of rail links Nationwide at that time, courtesy of a Mr Beeching. What a complete waste of time, money and effort, manual labour with loss of lives, construction of tracks and laborious manmade tunnels, all to be wasted. Now, in the late 1990's and 2020 it is being reconsidered as an option for 'Links' to feed the Bedford and Cambridge areas. The old tracks were taken up around the 1970's with the bridge spanning Station Road, leading South out of the village to the nearby Hamlet of Chalton, also being dismantled later. Here follows a listing of Tenants and Landlords from records researched.

1st Licence granted in - 1863
William Goodman ( Now the Railway Inn ) 1863- 1869
Nathaniel Kifford King (Renamed the Railway Tavern) 1869- 1888
Thomas Bossingham. (Still Railway Tavern) 1888- 1901
Mrs Rhoda Bossingham. (Wells and Winch) 1901- 1914
Harry Bossingham 1914- 1935
Mr Baxter 23-05-1935 - 1939
Mrs Ann, May Baxter (Widow) 20-02-1939 - 1955
Harry Robinson 06-07-1955 - 1961
Sydney Reid 18-10-1961 - 1966
This Public House now Closes
New Lic. granted and now 'The Tavern'
Jim Sawford, a Tempsford Businessman 1979-83
Andrew Vaughn / Ex. Chef of J.S. 1983-86
Christine Barbara Jennings 1986-87
Patricia Gudgin (Gudgeon ?) 1987-90
Change of name to, 'The Huntress' 23-03-92
Mateo Lopez 1990-94
Thomas Keohane 1994-2000

After a spell as a thriving resturant and bar, The Huntress now closes and converted to a Large Prvate Dwelling


Page last updated 26th March 2020 by Bill Exley

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