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The Railways


The Victorian age was the greatest period of the railways in Britain. The railways almost completely wiped out all other forms of transport and made long distance travel possible for large numbers of people for the very first time. Every town of any importance was linked by the national network, however many smaller towns were not connected.

 This meant that people could, for the first time, live miles away from their places of work. Around London, suburbs began to develop for the first time and people travelled up to twenty miles in to London to work every day. Colonel Charles Sibthorp, who was a great opponent of the Crystal Palace, was also opposed to the development of railways. However, he dropped his opposition when he realised that it would be possible for him to travel to and from his constituency in Lincoln much more quickly.
But people could also travel in the opposite direction and for the first time seaside resorts began to flourish. In the past, places like Brighton had only been for the wealthy, from the mid-nineteenth century more and more people were able to enjoy the delights of the seaside and a great British tradition was created.