The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
The River, Tonbridge painted by Sidney Baker in 1900
The River, Tonbridge painted by Sidney Baker in 1900
Quite one of the greatest beauties of Tonbridge is its cluster of old houses which adorns the High Street, and gives a character of antiquity to the place. Immediately on approaching the town one sees these exquisite gables and timber markings, which instantly transport one into another century. Yes! Tonbridge tells its own story in its silent dignity, and is really a centre to the whole surrounding neighbourhead. … Today, however, we pass along peaceful and well-guarded highways, or diverge into lanes where we may saunter to our heart's content.
extract from Lady Hope's English Homes and Villages published in 1909

Parish & other records Before

Books and other documents
Published Title, author and references
1766The History of Tunbridge Wells by Thomas Benge Burr ⇒ p. 191
1797The Tunbridge Wells Guide by J. Sprange ⇒ p. 174
1798The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent - Volume V by Edward Hastedp. 173; p. 196
1810Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Paul Amsinck and Letitia Byrnep. 45
1814An Historical, Topographical and Descriptive Account of the Weald of Kent by T. D. W. Dearnp. 248
1826A Perambulation of Kent conteining the Description, Hystorie and Customes of that Shire, written in the Year 1570 by William Lambardep. 380
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 130
1832Descriptive Sketches of Tunbridge Wells and the Calverley Estate by John Britton, F.S.A. ⇒ p. 123
1839Directory of Kent, Surrey & Sussex ⇒ entry
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 304
1854Proceedings in the County of Kent, 1642-1646 by Richard Almack, Esq., F.S.A. ⇒ p. ii
1868School Inquiry Commision Vol XI South-East Division by C. I. Elton and H. A. Giffard ⇒ p. 105
1869The History of Tonbridge School by Septimus Rivington, B.A. ⇒ Book p. i
1871A History of The Weald of Kent with an outline of the Early History of the County, Volume I. by Robert Furley, F.S.A.William II attacked the Castle p. 277; Becket at the Castle p. 339; The Lowy p. 377; Castle destroyed in 1089 p. 379
1874A History of The Weald of Kent with an outline of the History of the County to the present time, Volume II by Robert Furley, F.S.A.p. 6; p. 20; p. 83; Lowy of Tunbridge p. 105; p. 164; p. 166; p. 210; p. 248; p. 291; p. 296; Survey of 1521 p. 428; p. 431; p. 432; p. 478; p. 512; p. 583; p. 724; p. 743; p. 801; p. 842
1876The Skeffingtons of Tunbridge by Robert Chapman ⇒ p. 39
1882Tonbridge Priory by J.F. Wadmore, A.R.I.B.A. ⇒ p. 326
1882Kelly's Directory of Kent by E. R. Kelly, M.A., F.S.S. ⇒ entry
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 161
1885Cobbett's Rural Rides by William Cobbett ⇒ p. 71
1886Tonbridge Castle and its Lords by J.F. Wadmore, A.R.I.B.A. ⇒ p. 12
1886The Register of Tonbridge School from 1820 to 1886 by W. O. Hughes-Hughes ⇒ Book p. i
1909English Homes and Villages (Kent & Sussex)
also published as
Tunbridge Wells and its Neighbourhood by Lady Hope ⇒ p. 144
1914Highways and Byways in Kent by Walter Jerrold with Illustrations by Hugh Thomson ⇒ p. 318
1933The Tonbridge of Yesterday by Arthur H. Nevep. 1
2000The Jane Austen Connection ⇒ Booklet

People of note
Austen, Jane
(1775 - 1817)
Beeching, Arthur Thomas
(1836 - 1912)
Beeching, Horatio
(1798 - 1878)
Beeching, Thomas
(1767 - )
Gorham, Dr John
(1814 - 1899)
General Practitioner
Gorham, Mary Caroline
(1818 - 1932)
Philanthropic work
Gorham, William
(1816 - 1881)
Groombridge, William
(1748 - 1811)
Knox, Vicesimus, D.D.
(1752 - 1821)
Headmaster of Tonbridge School and Writer
Neve, Arthur Henry
(1862 - 1936)
Tonbridge author and historian

Picturesmore pictures 

Birds Eye View of Tonbridge - c 1260

South View of Tonbridge Priory - 1735

Tonbridge School from 1760 to 1825 - Front View - 1768

The Bridge - 1775

The Market Place - c 1795

View of the Castle and part of the Town of Tonbridge - 1797

Tonbridge Castle - c 1800

Tonbridge Bridge - c 1800

Mabledon - 1809

Tonbridge Castle - 1809

Tonbridge Priory - 1809

Somerhill - 1809

Somerhill - as painted by Turner in 1811 - 1811

Somerhill - 1811

Places and properties in Tonbridge - a directory of homes, farms, churches, schools, inns, and other places of interest that existed prior to 1900 has been compiled from Post Office directories, Kelly's directories, Trade directories, Census data, Ordnance survey maps and books of the period
Churches, Inns,
Schools, Shops
and other places of interest
Almshouse, Bordyke
Almshouses, St Stephens Green
Angel Hotel, High Street
Black Doll Lodging House, Barden Road
British Volunteer, Priory Street
Brown Jug, Hadlow Road
Castle Hotel, High Street
Chequers Inn, High Street
Christ Church, Lansdown Road
Clayton Place, Woodlands
Dorset Arms, High Street
Druids Arms, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Fever Hospital, Vauxhall Lane
Foresters Arms, Quarry Hill Road
Good Intent Inn, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Greyhound Inn, Shipbourne Road
Hart Place, Woodlands
Havergal Place, Woodlands
Imperial Tavern, Quarry Hill Road
Independent Chapel, Bank Street
Isolation Hospital, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Judge Wood, Upper Haysden
Medway Wharf, High Street
New Market Inn, Bank Street
Police Station, St Stephens Green
Primrose Inn, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Priory Mill, Tudeley Road
Quarry Hill Brewery, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Railway Bell Inn, Priory Road
Railway Tavern & Lodging House, High Street
Rose & Crown Tap, Bordyke
Royal Oak, Lower Haysden
Somerhill [a.k.a. South Frith, Yardley Court], Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Somerhill [a.k.a. Summerhill] Inn, Priory Street
Springview Place, Woodlands
St. Johns Schoolhouse, Shipbourne Road
St. Peter and St. Paul Parish Church, Church Lane
St. Stephen's Church, Quarry Hill Road
St. Stephens Infant Schoolhouse, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
St. Stephens School House, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
St. Stephen's Vicarage, Quarry Hill Road
Stafford House, Bordyke
Stags Head Inn, Lodge Road
Star & Garter Inn, Dry Hill Park
Star Inn, High Street
Station Inn & Lodging House, Barden Road
Telegraph Inn, Priory Road
The Mitre, Hadlow Road
The Oak Inn, Cage Green
Tonbridge Castle, Castle Street
Tonbridge Grammar School, High Street
Tonbridge Priory
Union Workhouse, Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Woodlands Place, Woodlands
Woodlands Victoria Tap, Woodlands
Woodside Place, Woodlands
Roads and Streets
Albert Road
Alexandra Road
Anchor Place
Bank Street
Barden Road
Botany Bay
Brook Street
Brunswick Place
Cage Farm, Cage Green
Cage Green
Castle Street
Charlton Terrace
Charlton Terrace, Charlton Terrace
Church Lane
Church Row
Church Street
Cuthberts Yard
Danvers Road
Dry Hill Park
Dry Hill Road
East Street
Fosse Road
Garden Terrace [a.k.a. Garden Road]
Goodharts Row
Hadlow Road
Hadlow Stair
Harden Road
Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Havelock Road
Hawden Lane
Hawden Road
High Street
Higham Lane
Holford Road [Street]
Houselands Road
Kennings [a.k.a. Kinnings] Row
Lansdowne Road
Lavender Hill
Little Trench, Shipbourne Road
Lodge Oak Lane
Lodge Road
London Road
Lower Haysden
Orphan Place
Park Road
Pembury Grove
Portman Terrace
Postern Lane
Pot Kiln
Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Priory Road
Priory Row
Priory Street
Priory Walk
Quarry Hill Road
Rose Street
Seeho Square [a.k.a. Lambert's Yard]
Shipbourne Road
Snellings Row
St Margarets Place
St Stephens Green
St Stephens Street
Strawberry Vale
The Avenue
The Crescent
The Slade
The Terrace
Tudeley Road
Upper Haysden
Uridge Crescent
Uridge Road
Vale Road
Vauxhall Lane
Ventor Place
Vinn [a.k.a. Vine] Place
Violet Place
Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Waterloo Place
Waterloo Terrace
Wingates Yard
Woodbine Place
Homes and Farms
Acacia Place Cottage, Quarry Hill Road
Albion Villas, Lavender Hill
Alma Cottage, Strawberry Vale
Aryt… Bank, Dry Hill Park
Ashby House, Priory Road
Auckland Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Bakers Cottages, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Barden Cottages, Barden Road
Barden Park, Barden Road
Bastons Cottages, Priory Walk
Batchelors Cottages, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Bath Cottage, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Bedford Lodge, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Beech Cottage, London Road
Beechings Cottages, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Beechmont, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Belle Vue, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Belmont House, Quarry Hill Road
Bickley Cottages, St Stephens Green
Bloodshots Cottage, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Boakes Cottages, Shipbourne Road
Bordyke House, Bordyke
Brook Farm Cottages, Lodge Oak Lane
Brook House, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Burgess Hill Cottage, Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Burton Cottages, St Stephens Street
Cage Farm, Cage Green
Cage Green Cottages, Shipbourne Road
Camans [a.k.a. Cammo] House, Quarry Hill Road
Cambridge House, Dry Hill Park
Cape House, Hadlow Road
Cards Cottage, Garden Terrace [a.k.a. Garden Road]
Castle Square, Castle Street
Cemetary Lodge, Shipbourne Road
Clare House, London Road
Concrete Villas, Lavender Hill
Connden, Dry Hill Park
Coules Pathway, Shipbourne Road
Dene Park, Shipbourne Road
Denmark House, Quarry Hill Road
Dry Bank, Dry Hill Park
Dry Hill Farm, Shipbourne Road
Dunorlan Villa, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Durham Villas, Albert Road
East Grove, Dry Hill Park
Eatom House, London Road
Ebenezer Cottage, Dry Hill Park
Ebenezer Cottages, Priory Walk
Elm Place, Hadlow Road
Elm Tree Villa, Hadlow Road
Ephraim Cottage, Priory Walk
Eton House, London Road
Eton Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Eureka House, Hadlow Road
Fairlight, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Fairthorn House, Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Farm House, Hadlow Road
Faulkners Cottages, Hadlow Road
Faulkners Mansion, Hadlow Road
Felix Villa, London Road
Fermont House, Dry Hill Park
Ferox [a.k.a. Feux, Feaux] Hall, High Street
Fine Elms, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Florence Place, Priory Road
Forest Cottages
Forge Farm, Upper Haysden
Fosse Bank Cottage, High Street
Gas Works, High Street
Genoa Villa, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Gordon Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Grape Cottages, St Stephens Green
Great Fish Hall, Hadlow Stair
Grove House, Hadlow Road
Halton Cottage, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Hambleton Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Hanover House, High Street
Hart Cottages, Woodlands
Hawthorns, London Road
Heath Bank, Dry Hill Park
Heather Bank, Dry Hill Park
Hecterage Farm, Lodge Oak Lane
High Bank, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Higham Lane Cottages, Higham Lane
Hilden House, Hawden Lane
Hilden Manor, Hawden Lane
Hill Side, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Hill Side House, Dry Hill Park
Holly Cottages, Bordyke
Holston Villa, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Hope Cottage, Priory Walk
Ivy House, East Street
Judd Place, London Road
Judde Crescent, Dry Hill Park
Junction Cottage, Lodge Oak Lane
Keepers House, Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Kenward Cottage
Knowle Cottage, London Road
Knowles Bank
Knox Cottage, Brook Street
Lamb Bank Cottage, Quarry Hill Road
Langdale Villa, Dry Hill Park
Lavender Hill Villa, Lavender Hill
Lavendula Cottage, Lavender Hill
Lebanon Cottage, Woodlands
Leetauds, London Road
Leybourne House, Dry Hill Park
Lime Kiln Field Cottages, Little Trench
Little Fish Hall, Hadlow Stair
Little Lodge, Lodge Oak Lane
Little Oak Lodge, Tudeley Road
Little Park Cottages, Shipbourne Road
Little Park Farm, Shipbourne Road
Little Trench, Shipbourne Road
Little Trench Cottages, Little Trench
Loam Pits, Hadlow Road
Lodge House, Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Lovers Lane Cottages, Shipbourne Road
Lowlands Cottages, Hadlow Road
Lowlands Mansion, Hadlow Road
Ludley Gate Farm Cottages, Lodge Oak Lane
Lyons, East Street
Homes and Farms
Mabledon Farm, Mabledon
Mabledon Garden, Mabledon
Mabledon Lower Lodge, Mabledon
Mabledon Upper Lodge, Mabledon
Malvern Villa, Quarry Hill Road
Manor House, Lower Haysden
Marlborough House, Quarry Hill Road
Marlfield House, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Mead Cottage, Woodlands
Meadow Bank, East Street
Meadow Cottages, Garden Terrace [a.k.a. Garden Road]
Meadow Lawn, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Melbourne Cottages, Woodlands
Melbourne Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Mews Quarters, St Stephens Green
Milnemott Cottages, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Mission Room, Priory Road
Modena Villa, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Mona Cottage, Hadlow Road
Mona Villas, Quarry Hill Road
Monks Cottages, Shipbourne Road
Montreal Cottages, St Stephens Green
Myrtle Cottage, Hadlow Road
New Wharf, High Street
Oak Lodge, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Oak Villa, Dry Hill Park
Opposite Cage Farm, Cage Farm
Osborne House, Dry Hill Park
Ottoman Cottages, Lavender Hill
Park Crescent, Dry Hill Park
Park House, Dry Hill Park
Park Lodge, Dry Hill Park
Park Place, Dry Hill Park
Park Side, Dry Hill Park
Park Villa, Quarry Hill Road
Peach Hall, High Street
Pennyroyal Cottages, Priory Walk
Pinson Green Cottages, Higham Lane
Plima Cottages, Lavender Hill
Portland Villa, Shipbourne Road
Portland Villa, Quarry Hill Road
Postern Heath, Postern Lane
Postern Park Farm, Postern Lane
Postern Road Cottages, Postern Lane
Pot Kiln Houses, Hadlow Road
Primrose Cottage, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Primrose Cottages, Woodlands
Priory Bank Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Priory Cottage, Priory Road
Priory Cottages, Priory Walk
Priory Lodge, Priory Walk
Priory Lodge, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Priory Lodge, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Priory Mill House, Lodge Oak Lane
Priory Villa, Priory Walk
Prospect Villa, Hadlow Road
Providence Cottages, Priory Walk
Punnetts Cottages, Quarry Hill Road
Putney Cottages, St Stephens Street
Quarry Bank, Quarry Hill Road
Quarry Hill House, Quarry Hill Road
Rats Castle, Postern Lane
Richmond Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Riverdale, Dry Hill Park
Riverside, High Street
Robertsfield Place, Dry Hill Park
Rock House, Quarry Hill Road
Rose Bank Villa, Dry Hill Park
Rose Cottage, London Road
Rose Cottages, Priory Walk
Rose Place, London Road
Rose Villa, Hadlow Road
Rosemary Cottage, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Russetts, Lower Haysden
S.E. Hotel, Barden Road
Salisbury Villas, Quarry Hill Road
Salubrious Villa, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Sandhill Farm, Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Sandon [a.k.a. Sandown] House, Quarry Hill Road
Seabrooks Cottages, Tudeley Road
Seven Acre Square, Shipbourne Road
Sewage Farm Cottage, Lodge Oak Lane
Sinclair Cottages, Woodlands
Sivonne, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Skinners Cottages, St Stephens Street
Slukland House, Dry Hill Park
Snellings Cottages, Barden Road
Soho Cottages, London Road
Somerhill Terrace, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
South Frith Lodge, Quarry Hill Road
Spring Cottage, Quarry Hill Road
Spring Cottage, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Spring Cottages, Woodlands
Spring Villa, Quarry Hill Road
St Margarets, Quarry Hill Road
St. Albans, Dry Hill Park
St. James Place, Priory Road
St. Mary, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
St. Stephen Villa, Quarry Hill Road
St. Stephen's Cottage, Quarry Hill Road
Stair House Farm, Hadlow Road
Starvecrow, Shipbourne Road
Station Inn, Quarry Hill Road
Streamlands Cottages, Vauxhall Lane
Suffolk Place, Dry Hill Park
Summer Hill [a.k.a. Somerhill] Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Summer Hill Cottage, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Sunnyside, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Sussex Place, Lavender Hill
Tan Yard, Hadlow Road
The Chimes, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
The Cottage, Dry Hill Park
The Elms, Shipbourne Road
The Firs, Dry Hill Park
The Glenn, Dry Hill Park
The Grange, Higham Lane
The Oaks Victoria Brewery, Quarry Hill Road
The Pinnacles, Shipbourne Road
The Vicarage, Church Street
The Warders, East Street
Thistleyfield House, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Tile Barn Cottage, Hadlow Road
Tile House, Quarry Hill Road
Tile House Works, Quarry Hill Road
Town Mills, Hadlow Road
Tudeley Vale, Tudeley Road
Tulu Cottage, Quarry Hill Road
Tunpike Gatehouse, Shipbourne Road
Upper Postern Farm, Postern Lane
Vale House, Lodge Oak Lane
Ventnor Villas, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Verona House, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
View Villas, Lodge Oak Lane
Vine Cottage, Primrose Hill [a.k.a. Pembury Road]
Walmer Villas, Quarry Hill Road
Waterloo Cottage, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Waterloo Villa, Waterloo [a.k.a. Old Wells] Road
Weald View, Quarry Hill Road
West Grove, Dry Hill Park
Woodbery Cottages, Woodlands
Woodbine Cottage, Hadlow Road
Woodsgate House, Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Wychebold House, Quarry Hill Road
Yardley Lodge, Shipbourne Road
Yew Tree Farm, Hastings [a.k.a. Pembury] Road
Yewland Cottages, Woodlands

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