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The Maple Lounge

One of my favourite places in Oxted is The Maple Lounge in Station Road East. It's completely dog friendly so I love meeting up with my paw pals there. Mum and Dad say it's a great place to meet up with their human friends too! The lovely owner Emma always welcomes me, and when she's not too busy gives me a cuddle! I have been going there since I was 10 weeks old.

The Maple Lounge, Oxted with Daisy Dog

Emma is an independant coffee shop and as such has truly scrumptious home-made cakes and soups. She has just launched her own range of burgers and even does sweet potato fries! Please come and see Emma and her great team - you might even meet me there!!

Love Daisy

The Bluebell Railway


Bluebell Railway logo

We are oh so lucky to have the Bluebell Railway right on our doorstep in Oxted! Quite apart from the sheer thrill and excitement of riding in a "proper" train with steam rushing past the windows, big comfy seats and stations lost in a time warp, there is always something going on down there. From fine dining in the Pullman cars to afternoon cream tea, from the Bluebell Ale Trail to Model Railway and Vintage Transport Weekends, the Bluebell Railway captivates and enthralls kiddies of all ages from 5 to 95. You can even get married on The Bluebell Railway - now that would be a day to remember!

But here's a few facts about the Bluebell Railway that you might not have known:

Construction of the Lewes and East Grinstead Railway was authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1877. The line had six stations: Barcombe, Sheffield Park, Newick and Chailey, Kingscote, West Hoathly and Horsted Keynes.

In 1954, long before the Beeching Axe, the branchline committee of British Railways proposed closing the line from East Grinstead to Culver Junction near Lewes. This was challenged by local residents, but closure was agreed for 15 June 1955. The acrimonious battle between British Railways and the users of the Bluebell Line lasted three years. Shortly after closure, Margery Bessemer of Chailey discovered a clause in the 1877 Act relating to the "Statutory Line", and demanded British Railways reinstate services. On 7 August 1956 British Railways reopened the line, but they took the case to the House of Commons a year later. This resulted in a public inquiry and British Railways were censured, but later the Transport Commission was able to persuade Parliament to repeal the special section of the Act. By this means the line was finally closed on 17 March 1958. The Bluebell Railway Preservation Society was formed a year later.

The Bluebell Railway Society preserved a number of steam locomotives before the cessation of steam services on British mainline railways in 1968. Today it has over 30 team locomotives - the largest collection in the UK after the National Railway Museum. The Society also has almost 150 carriages and wagons, most of them pre-war. A project is under way to recreate a long-lost type of locomotive (H2 Class Atlantic) from a few surviving parts.

Bluebell Railway

The Railway has appeared in numerous television production and cinema films including It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Night Train To Murder (the last TV feature film with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise), The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission, A Room with a View, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, Miss Potter, Downton Abbey, Dancing on the Edge and The Woman in Black.

Tracey Ullman, The Pet Shop Boys and Sheena Easton have all recorded music videos at the Railway.

On 31 July 1943 newlyweds Ronald Knapp and Winifred Standing were killed when they were pulled under a train from Lewes to East Grinstead. The couple walked along the railway on a dark rainy night. When the train got to Horsted Keynes, the guard found a raincoat covered with blood on the engine. Another coat was found near two bodies in the middle of the tracks. The ganger who found them told the inquest the couple must have been walking with their backs to the train. "There was a very heavy squall at the time and the couple would probably have not heard a thing," he said. The coroner said Ronald and Winifred were trespassing and no blame could be attached to any railway worker. Little more than a week after they were married, the couple's funeral was at St Giles' Church, Horsted Keynes, where they are buried together in a grave marked by a War Graves Commission headstone.