SOCIETY AT ROYAL TUNBRIDGE WELLS - Online Book

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

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
a pacquet sailed from Brighton to Dieppe, a route to Paris which, though longer than that through Calais, was much cheaper. A regular season began about 1730, but it was not until after 1750, in which year Dr. Richard Russell wrote a treatise advocating the use of sea-water in diseases of the glands—" Dis-sertatis de Tabe Glandulari et de Usu Aquce Marinae in Morbis Gandularum "—that (as a satirical writer of the day put it), deserting Bath, Tunbridge Wells, Epsom, and the other inland watering-places—
", . . all with ails in heart or lungs, In liver or in spine, Rush'd coastward to be cur'd like tongues, By dipping into brine."
Presently the change in fashion was chronicled by Cowper in his poem, " Retirement "—
" Your prudent grandmammas, ye modern belles, Content with Bristol, Bath, and Tunbridge Wells, When health requir'd it, would consent to roam, Else more attach'd to pleasures found at home. But now alike, gay widow, virgin, wife, Ingenious to diversify dull life, In coaches, chaises, caravans, and hoys, Fly to the coast for daily, nightly joys, And all, impatient of dry land, agree With one consent to rush into the sea."
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