Picture Postcard Parade: Haywards Heath, Railway from Rocky Lane Bridge

13 Apr

I like railways, the older the better (it is just a coincidence that today is the 240th birthday of Richard Trevithick). The postcard below is of one of the oldest railway lines in Sussex, the London to Brighton Railway.

I assume that this view is looking north from Rocky Lane Bridge towards Haywards Heath, there are some shapes in the distance that are probably meant to be the buildings of Haywards Heath. I particularly like the colouring of the trees, although I am not sure how realistic it was.

I also love the fact that despite their being a train steaming towards them there are two figures wandering across the railway lines, in fact it looks like one of them is bending over.

This is the stretch of line on which George MITCHELL (probably my 4x great-grandfather) was killed after being struck by a train. I am not sure if it was on this particular section of the line, or further south.

Either way it was several decades before this postcard was published. This card was sent to Mrs B. Wadey of Station Road, Horley, Surrey on the 10th August 1909.

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