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1842: The progress of the Haywards Heath Railway Station a year after its creation

Updated: Oct 18, 2020

Sussex Advertiser - Tuesday 24 May 1842


The Railway traffic continues steadily to increase, and the transit of goods has been very considerable. Upwards of 600 passengers have taken places from this station within the last four weeks, and the arrivals have been numerous in proportion. There seems a great inclination among the business classes to avail themselves of the facility afforded by the establishment of night goods train; a large quantity of oak timber has been forwarded to station which is to be conveyed to London by rail, some of the trees are of a very large size, measuring from three to four loads of timber, and the novelty of transporting such immense baulks from place to place at a rapid rate proves to demonstration the power and usefulness of steam. Our neat little station has been much improved lately by the removal of the wooden sheds which previously hid (as were) the station house from view ; —it also gives farther facility for carrying on the business, and upon the whole improves the general appearance.

A new era for local travellers dawned on 12 July 1841

Mr. Bennett, the landlord of the Station Inn, has much improved premises, which are now rendered complete and snug by the addition of lock-up stables and coach-houses, and from the tasteful manner in which the grounds are being set out it will no doubt become a favourite resort for visitors who are fond of a few hours relaxation in the country. Several parties have lately visited the place and were highly gratified with the beauty of the surrounding scenery and the capital accommodation afforded them, and availed themselves of the opportunities offered of passing a few pleasant hours in angling, which is to be obtained in the neighbourhood. Several houses are about to be commenced building on the private lands adjoining the station, which will shortly assume a gay aspect.

The proprietors of the Eastbourne coach have determined to run from this place by rail to Croydon, whence their passengers will be taken to London by coach. Some parties have found fault with this arrangement, and recommend the proprietors to take the railway from Brighton; but they will find it to their advantage to travel by Chailey, &c, as many passengers are constantly arriving from that neighbourhood in order to get to London from this, and will be glad of the opportunity which the stage affords of getting to and from the station. Coal Wharfs are now forming here, and the country will no doubt be benefited by the cheap and quick conveyance of this necessary article of consumption ; there are also convenient and handy places for placing the timber drawn together for the purpose of transporting it by steam to the London markets, and this method of conveyance will obviate the difficulty and great expense which is found in conveying the large ship building timber grown in the county, to the Government docks.

The greatest civility and readiness to oblige has been shown by Mr. Goodwin, the clerk, and the porters, to all persons who travel or transmit goods by the line, and every facility is afforded the public by them.


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