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      THE STORY OF SHOREHAM       OPENING OF THE RAILWAY  
                               
    And true as he did then declare, Brave Nelson on the Main That very day at Trafalgar         the Army as a means of getting abroad to search for her lover. George IV. allowed her a pension during the latter part of her life, and she died at Brighton, 12th December, 1821, aged 108.
    A great victory did gain. Prophets, they say, are not believed In their own time and place, And p'raps we cannot well expect. An exception in this case.      
          The spot referred to as " Bo-peep," where John Moorey is said to have had his remarkable vision of the Battle of Trafalgar, " the very day it was fought," was a romantic public house standing Under the cliff, half a mile westward of Copperas Gap. It was a noted spot for smuggling. Along the shore near it, the fishermen were often at night, as they asserted, disturbed by the ghost of a Dutchman, crossing and recrossing their track and at such times no fish could be caught.
                     
    But this one fact of many, that Foretold by this old man Was just as I do now relate, Deny it if you can.          
                      As early as February, 1825, a " Brighton and Shoreham Railway " was projected, and though much favoured by the land-owners of the district, it was not destined to be carried out; nevertheless it is interesting to notice that the first portion of the London, Brighton, and South Coast Railway Company's system opened for traffic, was that running between Brighton .and Shoreham, the event taking place on Monday, May 11th, 1840. A very large number of spectators assembled to watch the departure of the first train for Shoreham, which left Brighton Station. about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, to the strains of the Lancers' Band and the cheers of the spectators, to the majority of whom that railway train was a "new sensation."
  We fear that John's claims to prophecy, rest on too slight a  
              foundation to be taken seriously. We do not find on record that he foretold the aeroplane, which is so familiar to those of a later generation, but it is, perhaps, too much to expect a " prophet" to foretell events a hundred years ahead of his own day.  
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    The trip to Shoreham occupied 11 1/2 minutes only, the return taking a trifle longer. The train continued running throughout the afternoon and the scene down the whole of the line was exceedingly animated, crowds of persons assembling at the different,points to witness its passing. " Business " commenced next morning at 8 o'clock from Shoreham, the train returning from Brighton at 9. During the day 1,750 passengers were carried, not a few visiting the Swiss Gardens, where the opening of the Railway was celebrated by a Grand Fete.
  The rhyme from which these extracts are taken is dated Shoreham, Roast  
               
                     
                      The first Time Table issued by the Company advertised six trains each way on week-days. The first left Brighton at 9 a.m., returning from Shoreham at 10 and the last at 7 p.m., returning at 8 p.m. On Sundays there were five trains each way, the first leaving and returning at the same time as on week-days, but the last an hour later. The fares were, First class, Is., Second, 9d., and Third, 6d. In the coupe of the First class carriages, Is. 4d. The trains stopped at intermediate stations to take up and set down passengers.
The last-named was certainly a remarkable character and lived many years in Brighton and Shoreham. She served in the Army as a private soldier and was wounded at the battle of Fontenoy, which led her to confess the fact that she had entered  
                               
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