THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUNBRIDGE WELLS
The discovery of the waters was, of course, communicated to Lord Abergavenny, who at first seems to have received the news with indifference; but after the recovery of Lord North thought it might be worth while inquiring into it. He came down to Eridge, obtained from Mr. Weller, the Lord of the Manor, permission to clear away the woods around the springs, and then sent for medical experts, who found no less than seven springs impregnated with iron. Over the two principal springs, the Earl ordered wells to be sunk. He then had a stone pavement laid round them, and the whole enclosed with wooden rails in a triangular form. So much effected, he ceased his labours.
A few invalids came down to try the healing effects of the waters, and, some of these deriving benefit, the place began to be talked