SOCIETY AT ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Online Book

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

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In the Eighteenth Century
Wolfe proceeding from Westerton to Tun-bridge Wells :—" A pleasant afternoon brought them to the end of their ride; nor did any accident or incident accompany it, save, per­haps, a mistake which Harry Warrington made at a few miles' distance from Tunbridge Wells, where two horsemen stopped them, whom Harry was for charging, pistol in hand, sup­posing them to be highwaymen. Colonel Wolfe, laughing, bade Mr. Warrington to reserve his fire, for these folk were only innkeeper's agents, and not robbers (except in their calling)." As a companion picture to this fancy sketch may be given an extract from one of Derrick's letters written in 1762 from Tunbridge Wells :—" We were obliged to alight, about seventeen miles from London, at the top of a very steep hill, commonly called Madam's Scutt, perhaps a corruption of either Maiden's Court, or Morain's Court, the name of a neigh­bouring house. We walked down this hill to ease the horses, and had scarcely got into the carriage again, when we were alarmed by the appearance of two or three men well mounted, who, looking very earnestly in, passed us; then, returning full gallop, one of them rid up to the postillion, while the other endeavoured
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