Prior to the arrival of rail in 1841, Redhill was little more than a collections of small farms surrounded by bogland. The new station made this countryside location attractive to commuters, who could now settle here and travel into the city on the fast Brighton-to-London line. As the line's popularity grew, Station Road became the main shopping centre of the town, and by 1901 the population of Redhill had soared to 26,000.
Today, Redhill remains a commercial hub - although much of the old town disappeared in a 1980s modernisation project that moved traffic to the outskirts and pedestrianised the main shopping area. Redhill's rural surroundings make it the perfect place for a bite to eat or a spot of culture, and you'll find a wide range of pubs and restaurants, as well as the respected Harlequin Theatre, within a short walk of the station. The enchanting Outwood Windmill is also nearby, reachable by local bus.