Brighton Durham Train
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Brighton can trace its origins back to Brightelmstone which dates back to before the Domesday Book (1086) but developed as a health resort and spa during the 18th century. It was frequently used by the then Prince Regent and became a popular destination for Londoners to escape the city, especially the following the arrival of the railway in the 1840's.
Brighton's traditional economy for its first 700 years was centred on the fishing industry. Land called the Hempshares, the site of the present Lanes) provided hemp for ropes and sails were made from flax which was grown in nearby Hove. Fishing nets were dried and boast were kept on land which became Old Steine and fishermen lived and worked on the foreshore below east cliff. Herring and mackerel were the main products, but plaice, cod and conger eels were also fished.
In the 18th century the economy diversified as the town grew. Small-scale foundries were established, especially in the North Laine area; coal importers such as the Brighthelmston Coal Company set up business to receive fuel sent from Newcastle; and the rise of tourism and fashionable society was reflected in the proliferation of lodging house keepers, day and boarding school proprietors, dressmakers, milliners and jewellers.
The city of Durham is located in the north east of England in the district of County Durham. The city is home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is at the heart of a region that has amazing countryside and a breathtaking coastline. Visitors to the city can explore the tranquility of the Durham Dales, the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, High Force waterfall and the Durham Heritage Coast. In the city you can take in the city's history at the Beamish Museum and Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon which is home of the first ever steam hauled passenger train which operated during the opening ceremony of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. When it's time to relax take a stroll through the city's cobbled streets and stop off at one of the city's many restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. Look out for the TasteDurham mark, a sign of great food and service proudly displayed at over forty five eateries across the county. Finally, if you crave culture, the Gala Theatre runs a year-round programme of exciting performances. Alternatively, if you prefer sports head to the Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground.