Copyright Kent Past 2010

Kent Past

The History of Kent

Home Towns & Villages Time-Line Articles Kent Past Times Contact

Leave your email address to receive Kent Past Times free every month

View Larger Map

History of Royal Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells relates to the wells belonging to 'Tonbridge' – Tunbridge at that time. In celebration of its popularity, over the years, amongst members of the royal family, King Edward VII granted the prefix ‘Royal’, in 1909. 

In 1606, Lord North, a courtier to King James I stayed at a hunting lodge in Eridge in the hope that the country air might improve his ailing health. Discovering a chalybeate spring, he drank the waters regularly, and when his health improved, became convinced that it had healing properties. He persuaded his rich friends in London to try it, and by the time Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles I visited in 1630, it had established itself as a spa retreat. By 1636, two houses existed next to the spring one for the ladies and one for the gentlemen, to cater for the visitors. In 1664 Lord Muskerry, Lord of the Manor, enclosed the spring with a triangular stone wall, and built a hall to shelter the dippers in wet weather…. more
Tunbridge Wells parish church carries a dedication to King Charles the Martyr. Thomas Neale first built it as a Chapel-of-Ease in 1676 and, due to the popularity of the springs, additions and extensions increased the size over the next 30 years. The chapel became a parish church in 1889…. More

Tunbridge Wells Central railway station – initially just called ‘Tunbridge Wells’ - opened on the South Eastern Railway’s Redhill to Hastings line on 25 November 1846. In 1868, the station had a suffix of ‘SER’, and in 1923, Southern Railway changed it to ‘Central’…. More

Tunbridge Wells West railway station – initially called ‘Tunbridge Wells LB&SCR’ is a Grade: II listed building, and opened on the London Brighton and South Coast Railway’s line to Brighton on 3 August 1868, with a spur to the Central station. In 1923, Southern Railway changed the suffix to ‘West’. The line closed on 8 July 1985…. More