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

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t In the Eighteenth Century
with the Duke of Dorset, and others of his Attendance for Portsmouth; so in Two or Three Days, things return'd all to their Antient Chanel, and Tunbridge was just what it used to be." Royalty, this time in the person of the Princess Amelia, second daughter of George II, was again at " The Wells " in 1728, at which time Dr. Arbuthnot and Lord Boyle were there. The Archbishop of York was there in the season of 1729; and in the following year Lady Betty Germaine, the Duchess of Marlborough, and the Austrian Ambassador, Count Philip de Kinski, and his wife. Dr. Arbuthnot was again at Tunbridge Wells in 1731, and the Prince of Wales, with his consort, eight years later. The list might be expanded indefinitely, but enough has been said to show that if some of the visitors were undesirable, there were always present many of high social rank. Probably it was the different ingredients that made up the company that made the place so attractive.
Tunbridge Wells was at the zenith of its fame in the middle of the eighteenth century, by which time the accommodation for visitors was all that could be desired. " On Mount Pleasant stands a very noble house, which is o                                                                   97
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