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

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
conspicuous." Burr did not realise that Tun­bridge Wells at the time he wrote was at the zenith of its fame : yet such, indeed, was the case. In only five years more, Brighton had already taken a definite place among the resorts for fashionable society. " The Music and entertainments of Bath are over for the season," Melford (in Humphry Clinker) wrote to Sir Watkin Phillips, in 1771; " and all our gay birds of passage have taken their flight to Bristol Wells, Tunbridge, Brighthelmstone, Scarborough, Harrogate, &c." In 1782 the Duke and Duchess of Cumberland stayed at Brighton, and in the next year the Prince of Wales paid a visit to his uncle and aunt, and, liking the place very much, returned there during the next season. In 1787 began the building of the Pavilion. On the subse­quent history of Brighton there is no need here to enlarge.
Though, then, Tunbridge Wells, at the be­ginning of the nineteenth century was already on the wane as a fashionable resort, it was not, of course, by any means entirely neglected by visitors. Mary Berry was there in September 1807, and stayed at a house on Mount Sion for some weeks. On one evening during this 274
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