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154                 HISTORY OF EAST GRINSTEAD.
opening of the main line at Three Bridges took place on July 12th, 1841, but East Grinstead took no steps to get a regular connection with the line there until June 4th, 1849, when a vehicle, always called "the coach," to distinguish it from the Godstone " bus," began to run twice daily from the Swan at East Grinstead to the Station at Three Bridges, and was driven by a man named Holdsworth until 1855, when the railway between Three Bridges and East Grinstead was opened. By the time the South-Eastern Line was opened the Batchelars had removed to Lingfield, and the James of that day issued a bill on March 28th, 1844, stating that in future his goods would be taken by rail from Godstone to London and back every Tuesday and Friday,
by which arrangement he will be enabled to deliver them, at a much Cheaper Rate than before, and most respectfully solicits a continuance of those favours which have been entrusted to him and his Family upwards of 100 years, feeling confident that, with the aid of the Railway, he shall be able to forward, in any quantities, to the perfect satisfaction of his Friends and Employers.
The last of the mail coaches which ran between London and Brighton was taken off the road in 1841. Among the habitual visitors to the Dorset Arms during its long career as a coaching house were the eccentric Lord Liverpool, who owned Buxted Park; Lord Abergavenny, who then lived at Kidbrooke Park; Lord Seymour, Lord Delawarr, Spencer Perceval—the Prime Minister who was murdered—and several of the ladies who attracted the amorous attentions of the Prince Regent, one of whom actually left her luncheon bills to be settled by the State. In 1827 the Princess Victoria passed through East Grinstead, accompanied by her mother, the Duchess of Kent. They changed horses at the Dorset Arms and while waiting there were loudly cheered by a great gathering of inhabitants.
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