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

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
as also the Country people Come wth all their backyard and barne door affords to supply them with, and their gardens and orchards, wch makes ye markets well stored and pro­vision Cheape, wch the Gentry takes as a diversion while drinking the waters to go and buy their dinners; it being Every day's market and runns the whole length of ye walke, which is between high trees on the market side for shade, and secured wfcb a Row of buildings on ye Right side, wch are shopps full of all sorts of toys, silver, China, milliners, and all sorts of Curious wooden ware wch this place is noted for, (the delicate neate and thin ware of wood both white and Lignum vitae wood):
" Besides wch there are two Large Coffee­houses for tea, Chocolate &c, and two Roomes for ye Lottery and hazard board. These are all built wth an arch or pent house beyond y* shops, some of wch are supported by pillars like a peason, wch is paved wth brick and stone for ye drye walking of ye company in raine; Else the walke wth out wch is a Clay and sand mixt together. They have been intending to make it gravell wch would be much better. All those Conveniency's are added by ye Com-60
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