In the Eighteenth Century
seventy-nine, having survived the last of his friends. " I have followed Lord Sackville to his vault at Withy ham," he had written sadly, five years before his death; " my lamented wife to her grave in the church of Frant; and there also I caused to be deposited the remains of William Badcock, husband of my second daughter Sophia, and father of five children, awarded to my care by Chancery, and looking to me for their education." Life had been hard upon him, and, though he had made a brave fight against adversity, it must have been with a feeling akin to relief that he sank into the grave. He died at Tunbridge Wells on May 11, 1811, but his remains were taken to London, and buried in Westminster Abbey. To commemorate his residence at Tunbridge Wells, Bowling-Green Houses was re-named Cumberland Walk.
From Cumberland's memoirs may be gathered some information about the visitors to Tunbridge Wells during his residence at the watering-place. " It was no common recommendation to a place of residence," he wrote, " where our summer society could boast of visitors so respectable as "—and here follows a list, including Lord Mansfield, Lord North,