Devil’s Dyke – a Victorian Pastime

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Devil’s Dyke – A Victorian Pastime

Devil’s Dyke is a deep gorge in the South Downs, north-west of Brighton, and has been a tourist destination since 1818. In the 1880s, William Thacker built a hotel on the site and this was later developed by the entrepreneur James Hubbard to include a bicycle railway, roundabouts, swings, an aerial cableway and a funicular railway.

In 1887 a railway was opened which left the main Brighton to Portsmouth line and climbed to Devil’s Dyke, labouring up gradients as steep as 1 in 40. Heavily patronised in the summer, it was largely deserted in the winter and a gradual decline in traffic led to its closure in the late 1930s.

Deploying a mixture of still photographs, contemporary film and archive sequences, John Huntley tells the story of this unusual and attractive railway, helped by personal reminisces from one of the station staff at Devil’s Dyke.

Cinemedia, 45 minutes. DVD.

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Devil’s Dyke – A Victorian Pastime

Devil’s Dyke is a deep gorge in the South Downs, north-west of Brighton, and has been a tourist destination since 1818. In the 1880s, William Thacker built a hotel on the site and this was later developed by the entrepreneur James Hubbard to include a bicycle railway, roundabouts, swings, an aerial cableway and a funicular railway.

In 1887 a railway was opened which left the main Brighton to Portsmouth line and climbed to Devil’s Dyke, labouring up gradients as steep as 1 in 40. Heavily patronised in the summer, it was largely deserted in the winter and a gradual decline in traffic led to its closure in the late 1930s.

Deploying a mixture of still photographs, contemporary film and archive sequences, John Huntley tells the story of this unusual and attractive railway, helped by personal reminisces from one of the station staff at Devil’s Dyke.

Cinemedia, 45 minutes. DVD.

Weight 250 g
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