SOCIETY AT ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Online Book

People, Society & Culture of Tunbridge Wells in the 18th Century & later.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
planted on the Common, and called, in her honour, " Queen's Grove"; but this did not placate the angry royal lady, who kept her word, and never again came to Tunbridge Wells.
Year after year the popularity of " The Wells" increased, and a list of the visitors would include nearly all the well-known persons of the day. Lord Rochester went there with his wife in August 1683 ; but to students of the spa the most interesting visitor during the last two decades of the seventeenth century was a little-known lady, Celia Fiennes, who happily placed on record a description of the place as it was in 1697 :—
" I being in Kent this year shall Insert something of Tunbridge. The waters I have dranke many years wth great advantage— they are from the Steele and Iron mines, very quick springs Especially one well. There are two wth Large basons of stone fixt in ye Earthe wth severall holes in the bottom by wch the springs bubble up and fill it so as it alwayes runns over, notwithstanding the quantity dipp'd up in a morning which is the usual tyme the Company Comes, and the 58
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