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Dudley North, 3rd Baron North was a distinguished nobleman in the court of James I. His excessive early lifstyle resulted in him in 1605 at the age of 24 having to retire to the country at Eridge House, the property of Lord Abergavenny, to recharge his batteries. He decided to return to London early in 1606 and during his journey he discovered The Wells. According to Thomas Benge Burr's History of Tunbridge Wells published in 1766 :

"He could not pass by without taking notice of a water, which seemed to claim his attention, on account of the shining mineral scum that everywhere swam on its surface, as well as on account of the ochreous substance which subsided at the bottom, and marked its course to a neighbouring brook. His lordship accordingly observed these uncommon appearances, the meaning of which he could not instantly comprehend; however, they induced him to alight from his carriage, in order to examine it more attentively; and at the same time he ordered one of his attendants to borrow a little vessel from the neighbouring hovel, that he might taste it: and the peculiar ferruginous taste of the water not only convinced lord North, that it held its course through some undiscovered mine, contained in the dark cavities of the earth, but also gave him room to fancy, that it was indued with some medicinal properties, which might be beneficial to the human race."

North returned to London and the properties of the samples he had collected were examined by physicians and

"the result of their inquiries proved so favourable to this hereto neglected spring, that they hasted back again to publish its valuable qualities, and to give their noble patient sufficient encouragement to try its efficacy, on the return of the vernal season"

North followed their advice, was cured of his disorders and lived on to 1666 at the advanced age of 85.


Date Type Information Source
 
1581BornIn the County of CambridgeshireBurr's Tunbridge Wells
 
18th Sep 1582ChristenedAt St. Gregory by St. Paul, in LondonIGI - Family Search
 
28th Nov 1600MarriedFrances Brocket at Brocket Hall in the County of HertfordshireIGI - Family Search
 
1st Nov 1602Birth of a sonDudley at Kirtling in the County of CambridgeshireIGI - Family Search
 
1605Birth of a daughterDorothyIGI - Family Search
 
1606HistoryBurr's Tunbridge Wells
 

Dudley Lord North was a distinguished nobleman in King James's court … this young nobleman had reached his twenty-fourth year, when he fell into a lingering, consumptive disorder that baffled the utmost efforts of medicine … and his physicians advised him to retire into the country, and try the efficacy of that last remedy, change of air, for the re-establishment of his constitution.

His lordship, in the spring of 1606 made Eridge-House the place of retreat … when, finding his disorder rather increased than diminished … his lordship therefore, rejecting all sollicitation to remain any longer, abruptly quitted this retired mansion, and began his journey to London.

His road lay directly through the wood in which these useful springs were concealed from the knowledge of mankind; … he could not pass by without taking notice of a water, which seemed to claim his attention, on account of the shining mineral scum that everywhere swam on its surface, as well as on account of the ochreous substance which subsided at the bottom, and marked its course to a neighbouring brook. His lordship accordingly observed these uncommon appearances, the meaning of which he could not instantly comprehend; however, they induced him to alight from his carriage, in order to examine it more attentively; and at the same time he ordered one of his attendants to borrow a little vessel from the neighbouring hovel, that he might taste it: and the peculiar ferruginous taste of the water not only convinced Lord North, that it held its course through some undiscovered mine, contained in the dark cavities of the earth, but also gave him room to fancy, that it was indued with some medicinal properties, which might be beneficial to the human race.

Some of the water was carried to London, the physicians were consulted upon its virtues, and … the result of their inquiries proved so favourable to this hereto neglected spring, that they hasted back again to publish its valuable qualities, and to give their noble patient sufficient encouragement to try its efficacy, on the return of the vernal season

[in 1607] Lord North returned to Eridge to add the power of the water to the purity of the air, and … the success he met with more than answered his most sanguine expectations, … he returned to town so perfectly freed from all his complaints

 
c 1607Birth of a sonCharles at Kirtling in the County of CambridgeshireIGI - Family Search
 
c 1609Birth of a sonRobert at Kirtling in the County of CambridgeshireIGI - Family Search
 
c 1613Birth of a daughterElizabeth at Kirtling in the County of CambridgeshireIGI - Family Search
 
16th Jan 1666DiedAt Kirtling in the County of CambridgeshireBurr's Tunbridge Wells
 
Ancestor's report
Descendent's report
North, Northey, Northam, Northon individual records
  
The ancestral pedigree of Dudley North, 3rd Baron North
 
  
 Roger Northm: c 1490Christiam Warcup 
 b: c 1470  b: c 1470
  
      
 Edward Joan Alice Thomas Edward 
 b: c 1496 Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire
d: 31st Dec 1564
 b: c 1498 Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire b: c 1500 Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire b: c 1502 Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire b: c 1504 Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire 
            
Great-Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
 
   
 Edward North
1st Baron North
m: c 1525Alice Squire 
 b: c 1496 Walkeringham, Nottinghamshire
d: 31st Dec 1564
  b: c 1500
  
     
 Christian Roger Thomas Mary 
 b: c 1529 Cambridgeshire
d: 20th Mar 1563/64
 b: 27th Feb 1530 London
d: 3rd Dec 1600
 b: c 1533 London b: c 1538 
          
Great-
Grandfather record
   
   
 
   
 Sir Roger North
2nd Baron North
m: c 1550Winifred Rich 
 b: 27th Feb 1530 London
d: 3rd Dec 1600
  b: c 1530
  
     
 John Thomas Henry Mary 
 b: 1554 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
d: 5th Jun 1597
 b: c 1555 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire b: c 1556 London
d: 29th Nov 1620
 b: c 1558 London 
          
Grandfather record
  
  
 
   
 Sir John Northm: c 1575Dorothy Dale 
 b: 1554 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
d: 5th Jun 1597
  b: c 1555
  
       
 Dudley John Elizabeth Roger Mary Gilbert 
 b: 1581 Cambridgeshire
ch: 18th Sep 1582 St. Gregory by St. Paul, London
d: 16th Jan 1666 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
 b: c 1583 Cambridgeshire b: c 1585 Cambridgeshire b: c 1587 Cambridgeshire b: c 1589 Cambridgeshire
ch: 9th Apr 1592 St. Gregory by St. Paul, London
 b: c 1591 Cambridgeshire 
              
Parental record
   
   
 
   
 Dudley North
3rd Baron North
m: 28th Nov 1600 Brocket Hall, HertfordshireFrances Brocket 
 b: 1581 Cambridgeshire
ch: 18th Sep 1582 St. Gregory by St. Paul, London
d: 16th Jan 1666 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
  b: c 1585
  
      
 Dudley Dorothy Charles Robert Elizabeth 
 b: 1st Nov 1602 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
d: 24th Jun 1677 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
bur: 27th Jun 1677 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
 b: 1605
ch: 16th Jan 1605 Hatfield, Hertfordshire
d: 21st Apr 1698 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire
 b: c 1607 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire b: c 1609 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire b: c 1613 Kirtling, Cambridgeshire 
             
Family record
 

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