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Burnham Station House


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Burnham Station House was built in 1888 as part of the Southminster Branch Line, renamed recently as the Crouch Valley Branch Railway, from Southminster to Wickford. Its main use was to house the station master. Although the branch line escaped closure in the 1960s by Beeching, as it was used to supply the nearby Bradwell nuclear power station. However there was no longer a station master at the station and the house was used for storage and as a base for the British Rail Yacht Club.

The branch line provides off-peak services to Wickford with direct services to and from London Liverpool Street during rush hour, thus allowing the town's inclusion in the London commuter belt and supporting tourism. The Station House is the first building seen by tourists arriving by train.

In 2014 a partnership was formed between Burnham Town Council, Essex County Council and Abellio Greater Anglia and Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership with the aim to refurbish the house and use as a community hub with the objectives below:

Providing local communities, artists, and start-up businesses with meeting, workshop and event spaces
Supporting the delivery of programmes and events which contribute to community cohesion, creativity and employment
Providing meeting places and resources to support a business development programme
Providing space for and updating tourism information

The building is now available for hire (with further details available from Burnham Town Clerk).

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