This piece of topiary beside the North Downs railway line forms a moving memorial to a train guard who lost his life in a tragic incident over 130 years ago.
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The Jessie’s Seat topiary is still there but blink and you’ll miss it! Unfortunately, it’s not accessible from a public route and sits very close to the track. However, to keep the memory alive, a special memorial train was run on the anniversary in 2020. There is now e a poster cabinet at Chilworth Station to explain the story, along with a replica of the train headboard used on the commemoration event.