Royal Tunbridge Wells
for the black canons of St. Augustine, which he dedicated to St. Mary Magdalen. " And in our memories," Lombarde mentions, " there was erected a faire Free Schoole, by the honest liberalitie of Sir Andrew Iudde, a Citizen and Maior of London, which submitted the same to the order and oversight of the company of Skinners there, whereof himself had become a member." x This scholastic establishment, which was founded in 1553, has endured through three and a half centuries, and is, of course, the famous Tonbridge School. Tunbridge was in the reign of Edward I a place sufficiently important to return two representatives to Parliament, and for a while after the wells became known it flourished exceedingly.
The fortune of " The Wells," as the place was often called, was established in June 1630, when Queen Henrietta Maria, the consort of Charles I, was sent there by her physicians to take the waters, her health having been seriously affected after she had been brought to bed with her second child, afterwards Charles II. For Her Majesty a portion of Bishop's Down Common was cleared, and there she dwelt in tents for six weeks, beguiling the time
1 Perambulation of Kent, 383. 30