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CHAPTER VII
TUNBRIDGE WELLS SINCE THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
The discovery of the efficacy of sea-bathing dealt a blow to all the inland watering-places, * and Tunbridge Wells was as much affected as any place when Brighton developed from a fishing village into a fashionable resort. A writer speaking of Brighton at the beginning of the eighteenth century remarked that it would cost eight thousand pounds to protect the coast against encroachment by the sea, and " if one were to look on the town," he added, " [this sum] would seem to be more than all the houses are worth." Twenty years later Defoe speaks of cornfields that came down almost to the shore; but he mentions that a fine lawn, called the Steine, was the resort of the company for walking in an evening —which shows that some people went there even at this early date. Indeed, every week
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