The aerial cableway that used to run over the Devil’s Dyke was a fantastic Victorian folly, in keeping with building a railway line up from Hove and a steep grade railway up from Poynings. The hair rising ride was 1100 feet long and 230 feet above ground at the deepest part of the ravine.
Built in 1894, closed in 1909 and used for target practice by the military not long after, you might imagine that there’s nothing left to see, but this film shows clear remains of both support towers. Views are taken from every concievable direction and both sides of the ravine focusing closely on the remains.
A few ancient stills showing the cableway in use in the early part of last century are also included with some commentary.
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