Tunbridge Wells


Tunbridge Wells
a city in SW Kent, in SE England: mineral springs; resort. 95,200.

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      town and borough (district), administrative and historic county of Kent, England. It lies about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of London. The borough encompasses a largely rural area in the southwestern part of Kent. The town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, now included in the borough of Tunbridge Wells, grew up as a spa after a medicinal spring (containing mild chalybeate waters) was discovered at the site in 1606. The spa drew added popularity from its location on several hills of the wooded district known as The Weald. The springs, or “wells,” lie at one end of the colonnaded promenade known as the Pantiles Parade, which was first paved in 1700. From then until the early Regency period, when it was superseded by the seaside resort of Brighton, Tunbridge Wells was one of the chief resorts of fashionable London society. It reached its height under the dandy Richard “Beau” Nash and was patronized by Colley Cibber, Samuel Johnson, David Garrick, and Sir Joshua Reynolds, among others. The Pantiles Parade, with other 17th-century features, is preserved beside the Church of St. Charles the Martyr (1684).

      Tunbridge Wells was designated a royal borough in 1889 and added “Royal” to its name in 1909. During and after World War II it grew in importance as a shopping and administrative centre, and it also has some light industry. The making of Tunbridge ware—i.e., tables, boxes, and toys made of such veneered hardwoods as beech, sycamore, and cherry—declined during the 20th century. Area borough, 128 square miles (331 square km). Pop. (2001) town, 60,095; borough, 104,030.

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  • Tunbridge Wells — [tun′brij΄] city & spa in Kent, SE England: county district pop. 100,000 …   English World dictionary

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  • Tunbridge Wells — Tun|bridge Wells a town in Kent, southeast England, which was an important ↑spa (=a place with a spring of mineral water) in the 17th and 18th centuries. Tunbridge Wells is a very wealthy and rather ↑conservative place …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Tunbridge Wells — geographical name see Royal Tunbridge Wells …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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