Methods of Travel
Situated some miles from the nearest town, transport for shopping, etc, must have been a problem in days gone by, but the running of a carrier’s cart was a measure taken to solve it. We hear of such a cart operating in about the year 1870, and personal knowledge is that a similar service was still operating for some years in the present century. The year 1882 saw the linking of Cliffe with Gravesend by the extensions of the railways. This was a single line track running as far as Port Victoria, and for many years was frequently used by the Royal Family and their visitors and to convey them en route to and from the Continent. It is said that when the service first opened, the Railway Company ‘treated’ the children to a ride to Gravesend and back to celebrate the event.