Brighton Norwich 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.
Located in the county of Norfolk, the city of Norwich and is roughly 115 miles to the north east of London. The city is a convenient base for exploring the Norfolk Broads, the North Norfolk Coast, along with the whole county of Norfolk. Norwich is a fairly small city and can easily be explored on foot. However, if you choose to use a bus most services are operated by FirstGroup and are useful for getting to the railway station and the riverside entertainment district, the university and the airport.
The River Yare is navigable from the sea at Great Yarmouth all the way to Trowse, south of the city. From there the River Wensum is navigable into Norwich up to New Mills, and is crossed by the Novi Sad Friendship Bridge. Scheduled trips through the city and out to The Broads are available from outside Norwich railway station and also Elm Hill. Recently Norwich City Council gave the go-ahead to introduce punting on the River Wensum.
The City of Norwich Aviation Museum is located at Horsham St. Faith, close to Norwich Airport. There are static displays of both military and civil aircraft, together with various collections of exhibits, including one concerned with the United States 8th Army Air Force.