Iron Railway

This map shows the southern section of the Surrey Iron Railway between Purley and the Quarry Dene limestone works in Merstham. This horse drawn railway opened in 1803 and ran between Wandsworth and Merstham. It was used to transport building stone from Quarry Dene to the Thames wharf at Wandsworth. It was the world’s first to have iron rails, and passed near Chipstead, roughly following the alignment of the present Brighton Road.