06 December 2014

Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells is a town in western Kent (England, UK) about 64 km south-east of central London. The town was a famous spa and tourist resort in the Restoration period, when the Pantiles attracted visitors who wished to take the waters.

I have never been there, but after some postcards sent by Laura (the UK) due to different trips, I feel like I have been. 

And did you know that disgusted of Tunbridge Wells means a certain type of letter-writer?
The phrase disgusted of Tunbridge Wells is a generic name used in England for a person, usually with strongly conservative political views, who writes letters to newspapers in a tone of moral outrage. According to local historian and former newspaper editor Frank Chapman, the phrase originated in the 1950s with the staff of the former Tunbridge Wells Advertiser. The paper's editor, alarmed at a lack of letters from readers, insisted his staff pen a few to fill space. One signed his simply "Disgusted, Tunbridge Wells" (Source: Wikipedia)

The Pantiles

Church of King Charles the Martyr, 1676

Wellington Rocks


  1. It's a good story, indeed.

  2. I think this year I am not going to teach in Tunbridge Wells, alas...

    1. I accept postcards from different places as well... :D


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