Long a quiet and picturesque spot in Sussex, as the 19th century dawned, Henfield found itself a stop on the busy London to Brighton coaching route, before the railway arrived half a century later casting all else before it. Spurring a vibrant century long market gardening industry it was also then to depart. See some of the highlights of the people, places, industries and recreations of Henfield past.
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Locomotive 'Polegate' about to set set off towards Steyning, around 1920 or a little earlier. The two crewmen are posing along with the station porter on the tracks and the customary milk churn sits beside the station sign.
This engine - No. 392 - was built nearby at the Brighton works in 1894 for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LB&SCR), being designed by the Superintendent there, Robert Billinton (who was to die in office after a life of designing engines). It was withdrawn after a reasonable, but not overlong, length of service in the first round of withdrawals of this class in 1933. Some of its sister engines served into the 1950s.
Forming in 1846 via the merger of five young railway companies, the LB&SCR was itself merged with several others to form the Southern Railway in 1923. Henfield Station closed along with the rest of the branch line in March 1966.
(Image: Henfield Museum)
Selected B&W and Sepia Gallery
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