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
neither my name nor the sum shall be men­tioned."
John Byrom was at Tunbridge Wells in August 1723. " We walked upon the Walks; a great deal of company there; we had supper at the Glo'ster Tavern, Wheatears, &c. . . . 'Tis a very pleasant place," he wrote in his journal; and he pleased all students of life at the watering-places in the eighteenth century by composing Tunbridgiala, in which he de­scribed the customs of the day. In the same year John Gay went there to take the waters; and in the following season royalty again, for the first time in the century, was to be met with on the Pantiles. " I found a great deal of company there," Defoe wrote in 1724, " and that which was more particular, was, that it happen'd to be at the time when his Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was there with abundance of the Nobility, and the Gentry of the Country, who, to honour the Prince's coming, or satisfy their own Curiosity, throng'd to that Place, so that at first I found it very difficult to get a lodging. The Prince appear'd upon the Walks, went into the Raffling Shops, and to every publick Place, saw every thing, and let every body see him, and went away, 96
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