SOCIETY AT ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Online Book

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
to give a crown at each of the Rooms, for the waiters.
XIII. It has been an established custom
for every lady and gentleman to drop a sh
99
illing
into the sweeper's box, and as the poor man and his wife constantly attend the Wells, keeping them clean, and have no other means of subsisting, it is hoped that none will refuse to comply with this small and equitable bounty.
No hazard, or any unlawful game to be allowed in the Public Rooms, nor cards on Sunday Evening.
Richard Tyson, Master of the Ceremonies.
The first thing for the visitors to do in the morning was to go to the well, with the real or ostensible purpose of drinking the water. This was given out to those who demanded it by women called " dippers," who were appointed by the Lord of the Manor, and supported by the subscriptions of the company. Apparently these persons held their post for life, and could be removed only for ill-behaviour; and on one occasion there was a battle-royal over this question, which aroused much interest in the locality. " Some years 242
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