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1839Tunbridge WellsTunbridge WellsRock VillaColbran's Tunbridge Wells

1860HistoryRock Villa [als Thackerys House]

1860HistoryRock Villa [als Thackerys House]Tunbridge Toys
"I stroll over the Common and survey the beautiful purple hills around, twinkling with a thousand bright villas, which have sprung up over this charming ground since first I saw it. What an admirable scene of peace and plenty ! What a delicious air breathes over the heath, blows the cloud shadows across it, and murmurs through the full-clad trees ! Can the world show a land fairer, richer, more cheerful ? I see a portion of it when I look up from the window at which I write. But fair scene, green woods, bright terraces gleaming in sunshine, and purple clouds swollen with summer rain - nay, the very pages over which my head bends - disappear from before my eyes. They are looking backwards, back into forty years off, into a dark room, into a little house hard by on the Common here, in the Bartlemy-tide holidays. The parents have gone to town for two days; the house is all his own, his own and a grim old maidservant's, and a little boy is seated at night in the lonely drawing-room - poring over Manfroni, or the One-Handed Monk, so frightened that he scarcely dares to turn round."

3rd Apr 1881CensusHarriett Bates, F, Head, single, age 58, born London, occupation: annuitantHarriett Bates, annuitantRock Villa1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Jeffery, M, Head, married, age 60, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: stone masonWilliam Jeffery, masonRock Villa1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
3rd Apr 1881CensusHenrietta Jeffery, F, Wife, married, age 48, born LondonHenrietta Jeffery

3rd Apr 1881CensusCaroline M. King, F, Head, married, age 36, born London; occupation: private income from dividendsCaroline M. King, private income from dividendsRock Villa1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn F. King, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born Walmer, Kent; occupation: private income from dividendsAnn F. King
3rd Apr 1881CensusVictoria M. King, F, Daughter, age 6, born London; occupation: scholarVictoria M. King

c 1930Thackeray's HouseThackeray's House, Tunbridge WellsWilliam Makepeace ThackerayPrivate collection

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