Royal Tunbridge Wells
Some idea of the importance of Tunbridge Wells may be gathered from the fact that in 1685 Fleetwood Shepherd, writing to the Earl of Dorset so early as August 1685, mentions, " I am left on drye ground at Sennoch, seven Tunbridge coaches having passed this morning all full." It was not until nearly a century later, however—to be precise, on April 6, 1779 —that Lord George Germaine, at Stoneland Lodge, could state that, " The post is so obliging as to come every day to Tunbridge Wells, which it did not do formerly till after the 27th of June." Seven years later, in Sprange's Tunbridge Wells Guide, the full coach service is set out:—
Tunbridge Wells Guide. 1786.
THE GOING-OUT AND COMING-IN
STAGE COACHES, WAGGONS AND POST.
Stage-Coach to London,
Sets out from Tunbridge-Wells, every Morning
at Seven o'Clock, (Sundays excepted) through