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Historic Advertisement for the opening of the London to Brighton Railway

Updated: Sep 27, 2020

Morning Advertiser - Tuesday 13 July 1841

London and Brighton railway.—This Railway Is NOW OPEN from LONDON to HAYWARD’S HEATH, near Cuckfield, for the conveyance of passengers, parcels, horses, and carriages. The trains will run as under:-


Will leave the Station London-bridge at half-past y and half-past 11 a.m., and at half-post 1 and half-past 5 p.m.


Will leave the station at Brighton at 7 and 9 a.m., and half-past 12 and half-past 5 p.m. The first train, on every Monday morning, will leave Brighton at half past 6 o’clock,


Will leave the Station at London-bridge at half-past 8 a.m., and at 2 and a half-past 5 p.m.


Will leave the Station at Brighton 8 a.m., and at 5 p.m.

Passengers will be conveyed by coach between Haywards Heath and Brighton, and the Fares throughout, from London Brighton, or from Brighton to London, will be, for the First Class Carriages, 15s.; and for the Second Class. 11s. Children, under ten years of age, half price. The whole journey will be completed In four hours. Passengers will not be conveyed from Brighton to Hayward's-Heath, unless proceeding by the trains.

N.B. In order to ensure conveyance between Hayward’s-Heath and Brighton, passengers for the whole distance must book their places on the preceding day, at either of the following offices : Griffin’s, Oxford-street, Green Man and Still; Hatchard's, Piccadilly; 41, Regent-circus; Spread Eagle, Regent-circus; Golden Cross, Charing-Cross: George and Blue Boar, Holborn; Old Bell, Holborn; White Horse, Fetter-lane; Cross Keys, Wood-street; Spread Eagle, Gracechurch-street; or at the Station, London-Bridge; at all of which places parcels may also booked.

Bills, containing the time of departure from, and the fares between the intermediate stations, the terms for conveying horses and carriages, with every other requisite information, may be obtained on application the TerminaI at London-bridge and Brighton; at the respective Booking-offices, or at the Offices of the Company, No. 10, Angel-court,

By order,

Throgmorton-street. July 7. 1841.

THOMAS WOOD Secretary.

The line between London and Brighton was completed in September 1841. Over 3,500 men and 570 horses were used to build the railway. It had taken three years to build at a total cost of £2,634,059 (£57,262 per mile). The first train entered Brighton Railway Station on 21st September 1841.

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