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

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
I must confess, from the romantic, rural, rugged, and vast Variety of different Views, and the Rides I have found out, that it is to me, in fine Weather, as agreeable and pleasant a Place as ever I saw, and in bad Weather as disagreeable, except on the Walks themselves, where, either by Chance or Foresight in the first Constructors, you can go from the Well to all the Rooms, Coffee-Houses, and Shops, without being exposed to Rain or Sun; an Advantage this Place, of all other public ones which I have seen, has peculiar to itself. The Lodging-Houses are scattered about very promiscuously and agreeably, in Groves, &c, on Mount Sion, Mount Pleasant, Mount Ephraim, and on the Walks themselves (the last of which three Mounts was esteemed, as I am informed, by the famous Doctor Pellet, as the Montpelier of England; I am sure I may call it so). Here are three very good Inns or Taverns—the Angel, the Gloucester, and the Sussex. On your first Arrival, nay, even on the Road, you are touted (a Cant Word for soliciting your custom at this Place) by all the Bakers, Butchers, Brewers, Grocers, Tavern Keepers, Water Dippers, &c, &c, and on the first Morning before you are well awake, 218
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