Eastbourne Memories - A Victorian Perspective

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Travelling to East-Bourne in the " Forties."—The last Coach —Opening of the Railway to Lewes.—To Hastings.—To East-Bourne and Hailsham — Railway Stations.—The Market.—Proposed Railway from Battle.—Proposed Railways from London by Lewes and Brighton and their effect on East-Bourne.—New lines in the year 1864.—The " Ouse Valley " Line.—The " Surrey and Sussex " Line.—The " Tunbridge Wells and East-Bourne " Line.— Obstructive policy of the Brighton Company.—Mr. J. P. Knight.— The Willingdon Spur Line.—Mr. G. A. Wallis as a Railway Promoter.— Proposed Line to Birling Gap and Seaford.—Railway Accidents.—In Clayton Tunnel, 1861.—At Mayfield, 1897.—Through Trains from the North of England.—Bournemouth and Through Trains.— History of their introduction into East-Bourne.—The proposed Tramway to Pevensey.—A Sensational Train.
" Coarjr after (froucly."—{Two Gentlemen of Verona.) " Wi\)a I;af|r brought t^is fatal (BviQhxt in? "—{Titus Andronicm.) 11 J5iir not nntil \\}t signal."— {Julim Ccesar.)
M Y first visit to East-Bourne as a tourist was when I was 6 months old, but my personal remem­brance of things naturally begins at a somewhat later date, namely at a time when the railway being opened only from London as far as Lewes, the remainder of the journey had to be performed by Coach. The last driver of the London and East-Bourne Coach was a man named Samuel Rason(a-)
The journey of the through coach before any railways, began at the Golden Cross, Charing Cross, at 8.30 a.m., and ended at the New Inn, South Street, at 6.0 p.m. The fares were outside 16s., inside 21s. Up journeys on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays ; Down journeys on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Halt at Godstone for dinner.
(a) Mr. Graham says that he was only the last driver but one, and that there was one after him. I cannot be sure on the point.
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