Principally composed of one long street; market house, supported on pillars. Dr. Johnson’s wife and Hawkesworth, the author of the “Adventurer” lie buried here.
This company has now two termini in London; both conveniently situated to accommodate pleasure and business traffic. The West End terminus is a portion of the extensive Victoria station, Pimlico, whilst the City station is at Farringdon Street, where it unites with the Metropolitan or under-ground railway to King’s Cross and Paddington. This section of the line, under the name of the Metropolitan Extension, joins with that of the Western at Herne Hill, and has become very much crowded with local traffic.
Leaving Victoria, we almost immediately cross the Thames, pass Battersea Park, and arrive at Stewart’s Lane, at which are situate extensive works belonging to the company. From thence we pass Wandsworth Road, Clapham, and Brixton to Herne Hill, the point of connection with the City or eastern section of the line, from whence we proceed over a viaduct of 30 arches, 1,000 feet in extent, and which has from a distance a very picturesque appearance, Beyond this is an embankment of a mile and a quarter, in the middle of which is Dulwich station. Following the embankment is a cutting of one third of a mile in extent, with slopes of 4 to 1, This brings us when at the depth of 60 feet, to the tunnel under Sydenham hill, and at the face of which there is now erected a station for the accommodation of the neighbourhood. Immediately beyond the tunnel, the line passes under nine lines of railway belonging to the South Eastern and Brighton Companies. We next come to a small cutting which brings us to
Penge, and an embankment, similar in character to the one already mentioned, brings us to Beckenham. We next pass the station of Shortlands, and at the distance of three quarters of a mile further, arrive at
A town of some importance, deriving its name from that of its found, Sir W. Sevenocke.
Farningham. – Lullingstone and Eynesford Castles in the neighbourhood.
Meopham and Sole Street are then passed; and at a distance of six mules beyond, the arrival of the train is announced at Strood (the North Kent junction), which, together with Rochester and Chatham, have just before been described.
New Brompton station.
One of the villages on the Old Roman road, Watling Street.
One of the villages on the Old Roman road, Watling Street, passing which, and the station of Newington, we arrive at that of
Near to which is the old town of Milton, situated on a creek or arm of the Swale, in which the celebrated “Milton Natives” are dredged.
Sittingbourne & Sheerness
Chatham and Dover continued
Continuing the route we pass the station of
In the vicinity of which are Rodmersham Lodge (2 miles); Teynham Lodge (2½ miles) and Norton Court (2 miles).
and arrive at
This town is situated on a small stream running into the East Swale, which is navigable for vessels of 150 tons.
Faversham to Ramsgate
Herne Bay,was not, many years ago, more than a scanty collection of houses, irregularly built along the beach.
Leaving the Herne Bay temporary station we immediately pass the handsome red brick permanent station, which will be opened in June, 1864, and through deep earth cuttings and over marshy down; we pass the celebrated Reculver ruins on our left hand and reach
A pleasantly situated sea side village, which must soon rise to the dignity of a watering place. Here is a church of the 15th century, foil of brasses and monuments.
About three miles further is the station at
Margate. – At the back of the Bathing Infirmary and close to the sea; there is a second Margate station for the convenience of the local traffic between here and Ramsgate, whence the trains run off the main line on a short branch to the right, and enter a station facing the sea and directly parallel with the South Eastern Station.
Proceeding across fields, through cuttings, and oil embankments, we next come to
A place at once remarkable for its extreme genility and dullness.
Immediately on leaving Broadstairs the traveller enters upon the chalk cliff line of the coast, and on emerging from the tunnel has the sudden and agreeable surprise of finding himself in a familiar place, amongst the bathing machines of Ramsgate sands. The station is directly under the cliff and close to Augusta stairs, a position which literally leaves the visitor where he wishes to be, at
Ramsgate, and the sea side, without the need of walking another step. A short continuation of the line will ultimately have a terminus on the Pier.
Chatham and Dover Main Line continued
On retaking our seats at Faversham, a few minutes brings us to the station of
Selling, and a distance of 6½ miles further, the archiepiscopal city of
This much frequented point of continental embarkation has of late years occupied a prominent position among the watering-places of our island.
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