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PublishedTitle, author and references
1797The Tunbridge Wells Guide by J. Sprange ⇒ p. 110
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 60
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 89

Places in Bishops Down
Bishops Down House [als Bishops Down Grove] House
Bredbury Cottage
Hillside
Holmhurst
Lloyd House
Manor House
Manor Lodge
Manor Villas
Newick Cottage
Studley
The Beeches
The Spa Hotel
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1630HistoryBishops-down-commonBurr's Tunbridge Wells

Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I, who was sent here by her physicians, for the re-establishment of her health, after the birth of Prince Charles

The queen continued about six weeks at the Wells, and dwelt in tents the whole time. Her camp was pitched upon Bishops-down-common, and certainly diffused a splendor and magnificence over this wild country, to which it had hitherto been an absolute stranger; … The curiosity of this gay young queen induced her one day to walk from the Well a little way into the county of Sussex, where she wandered about till, at length growing weary, she sat down on a bank beneath the shade of a spreading birch for refreshment; and, when she had sufficiently rested herself, she arose, and ordered a stone to be placed there, as a memorial of her travels in that county. … The Queen's-stone, an alehouse in the road to Frant, is built where this monument was placed, and the sign which hung there till within these few years, was drawn from a view of the stone itself. It is now the sign of the Blue-bell


1840HistoryBishop's DownColbran's Tunbridge Wells

In the neighbourhood of Bishop's Down, a new Park has been commenced, called Nevill Park, the situation of which for building, has been happily chosen. It commands a most charming prospect, and its short distance from the chalybeate springs, renders it a particularly desirable residence for those who wish to derive benefit from the waters. There is a pleasant walk through this park from Bishop's Down to Rusthall Common, and four handsome houses are erected here. One of them, the property of the Rev. Mr. Bramley, is at present the residence of Lord Viscount Nevill. The gardens belonging to it are arranged with most exquisite taste, and form a perfect bijou. The views from all parts of the park are varied and extensive, and at each entrance is a remarkably pretty lodge, the rustic appearance of which harmonises well with the surrounding scenery.


3rd Apr 1881CensusHeadley Willson, M, Head, married, age 32, born Cherry Hinton, Cambridge; occupation CurateHeadley WillsonBishops Down Park1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary L. Willson, F, Wife, married, age 26, born CambridgeMary L. Willson
3rd Apr 1881CensusFrancis H. Willson, M, Son, age 3 m, born T Wells, KentFrancis H. Willson
3rd Apr 1881CensusGwynnedd C. Gordon, M, Boarder, age 12, born India; occupation: scholarGwynnedd C. Gordon
3rd Apr 1881CensusJames R.M. Abbott, M, Boarder, age 10, born Guildford, Surrey; occupation: scholarJames R.M. Abbott
3rd Apr 1881CensusSusannah E. Burr, F, Servant, married, age 32, born E Peckham, Kent; occupation: cookSusannah E. Burr
3rd Apr 1881CensusClara Parenly, F, Servant, single, age 22, born (Nat Brit Subj), France; occupation HousemaidClara Parenly
3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Langford, F, Servant, single, age 34, born Chesterton, Cambridge; occupation: nurseMary Langford

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Eldridge, M, Head, married, age 60, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: coachmanThomas Eldridge, coachmanBishops Down Park1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
3rd Apr 1881CensusCatherine Eldridge, F, Wife, married, age 68, born Tisbery, WiltshireCatherine Eldridge
3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Eldridge, M, Son, single, age 26, born T Wells, Kent; occupation: servantHenry Eldridge

3rd Apr 1881CensusWalter M. Bolt, M, Head, married, age 27, born Exminster, occupation: coachmanWalter M. Bolt, coachmanBishops Down Park1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
3rd Apr 1881CensusSelina Bolt, F, Wife, married, age 27, born Aylesbeare, DevonSelina Bolt
3rd Apr 1881CensusReginald Bolt, M, Son, single, age 4, born starcross, DevonReginald Bolt
3rd Apr 1881CensusErnest Bolt, M, Son, single, age 1, born Teignmouth, DevonErnest Bolt

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdwin Bowman, M, Head, married, age 25, born Eastry, Kent, occupation: gardenerEdwin Bowman, gardenerBishops Down Park1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Bowman, F, Wife, married, age 24, born Wingham, KentElizabeth Bowman

1889Bishops Down Grove Spa Hydropathic SanatoriumBishops Down Grove Spa Hydropathic Sanatorium, Tunbridge Wells by Charles Reynolds & Co.Private collection

1912The Spa HotelThe Spa Hotel, Tunbridge WellsBishops DownPrivate collection

1915Junction of Bishops Down, Major Yorks & Langton RoadsJunction of Bishops Down, Major Yorks & Langton Roads, Tunbridge Wells photographed by H.H.CamburnPrivate collection
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