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

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A Day at Tunbridge Wells
After church, some of those who did not go to the Tavern would saunter on Mount Ephraim or Mount Sion. "The Company," said Defoe, " walk upon the Two above-named Hills, after they have drank the Waters, and divert themselves with Bowls, Dancing, and other Exercises, as the Weather and the Physicians will permit and prescribe." A few would stroll so far as the Cold-Bath at Rust-hall, which, built at considerable expense by James Long, was, Burr has declared, " esteemed equal to any in the kingdom, being plentifully supplied with rock water from neighbouring hills." " The Bath," says the same authority, " was at first adorned with amusing water­works, and had a handsome and convenient house over it, in every room of which was something curious, calculated to divert and sur­prise the company. The ground and gardens belonging to the Bath were elegantly laid out, and embellished with fountains, and other ornaments suitable to the place; in short, the whole was most completely disposed for a scene of amusement." In spite of these attrac­tions, however, the Bath did not continue to attract, and before the century had waned it had been allowed to fall into a state of decay.
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