railway heritage project hopes to gather steam
group of local historians have this week appealed for help in
finalising a unique project that celebrates Burnham-On-Sea's railway
Buffer Stop Memorial Project hopes to install a set of old railway
buffers at the junction of Pier Street and The Esplanade, where
the town's former railway line ended.
John Strickland told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We have been working
on the project for over three years and have had many ups and
downs along the way. We have had many talks and meetings with
representatives of various local authorities and organisations,
including Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust."
support and interest has been very encouraging but we need residents'
help to ensure the buffer stop gets installed and is in place
soon to form the start of our forthcoming Heritage Trail around
group - comprising of John, Terry Temlett and Ann Popham - have
identified an area of land for the buffers, pictured right.
added: "The location is at the top of Pier Street, opposite
the entrance to the Reed's Arms - it's a small triangular pebbled
area where there was once a tree and a bench; the tree is now
gone and the bench is broken."
is where we've applied for planning permission to site the buffers
close to where they were located from 1930 until the line
was taken up in the 1960s. It's an ideal site for the Buffer Stop
Memorial and would tidy what is currently an eyesore. We have
even said we would restore the bench."
"The buffers have been donated, removed and stored at no
cost. A new wooden beam has also been offered free. The paint
has also been donated and a group of local volunteers are about
to sand and paint the buffers. A local business man has also offered
to transport them for installation, again for free."
was going well, until we discovered we would need agreement from
the freeholder and also two leaseholders. The good news is that
all have agreed to the installation in principal, but unfortunately
their legal costs are high."
of this, we believe this is the best location for them for several
reasons - there are no services below this pebbled area and, being
a pebbled area, people are unlikely to walk across it."
is also no parking space there, so no loss of income to the sub-lease
holders. There is no infringement of public pathways. Siting in
another area along Marine Drive may cause a safety hazard
especially as this is on the carnival route."
also an ideal location for visitors walking from the car park
to find the beginning of the Burnham Heritage Trail, with the
resultant potential financial benefit to shops and restaurants."
explained that the next few months are going to be critical to
the project's success.
definitely need the support of local residents to get the project
completed. There are several ways that residents can help us ensure
that Burnham has the benefit of the Buffer Stop Memorial - firstly,
we encourage residents to write to Burnham Town Council's Clerk,
Denise Emery at the Council Offices, The Old Courthouse, Jaycroft
Road, TA8 1LE to show their support for this project."
to help our fundraising, we very much welcome donations in our
collecting tins at the S&D Pub, Wetherspoons, The Royal Clarence,
GW Hurley's newsagents, The Railway Hotel or by cheque made payable
to 'Burnham Buffer Stop Memorial' and sent to 1 Wordsworth Close,
Burnham-On-Sea, TA8 2QB or directly to the Buffer Memorial Account
at HSBC Bank (account number: 11301578 sort code: 40-13-32)."
The railway station in Pier Street was opened on 3rd May 1858
with the name 'Burnham' and it was not until 12th July 1920 that
the suffix 'on-Sea' was added. Burnham's railway station closed
to regular passenger traffic in October 1951, although summer
excursions continued until 8th September 1962.