1836: Railway line through Cuckfield 'superior' to any other option.

West Kent Guardian - Saturday 16 April 1836

Brighton Railway—Sir John Rennie visited Cuckfield on Friday last, and paid great attention to the work of the engineers, who are daily making rapid progress in order to satisfy the most fastidious that the line through Cuckfield is not only practicable, but superior to any other.

Sir John Rennie c 1870

Indeed, so earnest is Sir John to overturn the assertions of Stephenson's party as to the unfavourableness of the soil for tunnelling, that he intends to cause shafts to be sunk, so as to convince them by occular demonstration that they have erred, and that the soil is every way favourable to the direct line.— Brighton Gazette.