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Picture source: Hania Franek
The Railway Hotel was situated on Coat Road.
This grade-II listed pub opened
c1850 and has now been converted to flats.
In 1950 my dad was about 25 years old and home
visiting family in Long Load. My Mum, about 20 years old, was down from
Dorset visiting an Auntie in Martock. One Saturday night, they met at a
dance in the Dance Hall on the second floor of the Railway Hotel. Two years
later they began their lifelong marriage together. We emigrated to Canada in
In 1971, I was Seventeen, and we were all back in Martock to visit family.
Of course, we stayed at the Railway. While there I met a boy and we began
our own romance. When my parents travelled back to Dorset, I stayed at the
Railway for the four weeks remaining before my return to Canada.
My romance did not last, but I treasure the memories of my time at the
Railway. I loved the period architecture and furniture in my 3rd floor
bedroom; Shandys in the pub after cricket games; excellent Plowman's lunches
and Fish and Chips; skittles in the alley out back; and a wonderful drives
around the countryside.
Helen Williams (November 2023)
Inn. Circa 1850. Ham stone ashlar
front, red brick Flemish bond to sides and rear; Welsh slate roof; the
taller centre portion hipped, and side runs between stepped coped gables;
brick chimney stacks. Two and 3 storeys, 3 bays front elevation. Plinth,
band course; outer bays 2-storey with 16-pane sashes above and two 8-pane
sashes below, but glazing bars removed lower bay 1; wheel vents to each
gable under ornamental finials: bay 2 has a 12-pane sash window to ground
floor, off centre, with semi-circular arched doorway with plain surround to
right having three 3-panel doors under
plain fanlight; margined casement windows to first floor and 16-pane sash to
second. East elevation of 3 bays with 12-pane sash windows, with a hipped
roof square bay with porch and door to bay 2. lnterior not seen. Attached to
rear a stable block, L-plan under triple roll clay tile roof with stepped
coped north gable having finial; small pane casement windows and 3-centre
archway in west side, the whole possibly older than the inn. Striking
composition, intended to create an impression across the railway yard and
station, now all removed: the railway arrived 1849.
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