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Aylesford to Tunbridge Wells

Michael explores the life of Victorian hop pickers and finds out about Maidstone's revolutionary paper industry.

Michael Portillo takes to the tracks with a copy of George Bradshaw's Victorian Railway Guidebook. Portillo travels the length and breadth of the country to see how the railways changed us and what remains of Bradshaw's Britain, as his journey goes through Kent, from London Bridge around the scenic south coast to Hastings.

Michael explores the life of Victorian hop pickers, finds out about Maidstone's revolutionary paper industry and discovers how the railways turned cricket into a national sport.

29 minutes

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Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Portillo
Producer Fiona Caldwell
Executive Producer Charlie Bunce

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Steam Railways

Steam Railways

A collection of programmes from the BBC archives on the beauty of steam locomotives.