Tracing The History of Tunbridge Wells

All you need to know about the Tunbridge Wells


History of Tunbridge Wells

History of Tunbridge Wells dates back to the discovery of the Chalybeate Springs, which led to the establishment of Tunbridge Wells in Kent. Only 30 miles from London but in the beautiful countryside of the Weald it was quickly regarded as a sought after town to live in.

History of Tunbridge Wells is interesting and Lord North is credited with uncovering the Springs. In 1606 while out riding he saw the rich waters, discolored by large amounts of iron deposits. An unwell man who desired a cure for his ailment, he tried the water from the Springs with good results. On his return to London, he shared the news and soon many people from the city were traveling to Tunbridge Wells to try the waters from the Chalybeate Springs. This led to the rapid growth of Tunbridge Wells and soon accommodation was required leading to the building of large houses and some shops. Tunbridge Ware was produced and with its intricate and fine detailing was soon regarded as the ideal gift from Tunbridge Wells. Thus giving us the history of Tunbridge Wells.

The History of Tunbridge Wells dates back a long time with Richard Beau Nash becoming Master of Ceremonies in 1735 and took on the responsibility for entertainment and promoting the town by organizing dances, music, and social events. This also led to the establishment of The Pantiles which Tunbridge Wells is well known for. A police force was established in 1836 and in 1866 it became a Royal Borough. In this time the railway was established and also a Theatre which later became a Corn Exchange.











In 1903 Wild West Buffalo Bill presented his spectacular show in Tunbridge Wells. In 1909 Edward VII issued the title of Royal Tunbridge Wells in recognition of its royal patronage over the years. Tunbridge Ware stopped being produced and the surrounding area of Tunbridge Wells was affected by the bombing raids carried out during World War II. The town’s historic past is reflected in its architecture from Regency villas to Victorian houses. Tunbridge Wells also has lots of green space and is well-known for the200 acre Common in the center of the town.


Many people are interested in the history of Tunbridge wells which is surrounded by beautiful Wealden countryside. It is easily accessible from London or elsewhere and from here Crowborough, Cranbrook, Goudhurst, Lamberhurst, Wadhurst, Tonbridge, and Sevenoaks can be easily reached.

For more on the current Tunbridge Wells, visit Activ Tunbridge Wells.

Source by Mark Murray