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Welcome to the website of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society. The Society is an independent organisation which campaigns for the conservation and improvement of this attractive town with its important heritage and rich cultural life.


New book on old breweries now available to order


The long anticipated publication by the Local History Group on the history of old breweries in Tunbridge Wells by Guy Sankey has just been published. With fifty years experience in the licensed trade in the town Guy knows more about brewing in Tunbridge Wells than any other person. Over the years he has amassed a collection of brewery memorabilia that is second to none. His particular interest is Kelsey’s on St Johns Road. He has now used that knowledge to produce this account of the history, not only of Kelsey’s, but of seven other breweries in and around the town.

In A4 landscape format with 72 pages in full colour it costs just £9.95. You can get your copy by clicking on the link above to our Publications page and ordering on-line.

There is a special price to members of the Civic Society when bought directly from John Cunningham and details are on page 2 of the Autumn Newsletter.


Our next event:

Thursday 10th June on Zoom - ‘Archaeological Sites around Tunbridge Wells' presented by Nigel Stapple.
An overview of local archaeological sites, with highlights of some examples of recent activity in this field. This is not a topic that we have covered in many years of talks, and yet the subject-matter itself is all around us: always present beneath our feet, and sometimes in plain sight. Nigel speaks from twenty years of practical experience, including work near the railway viaduct outside Southborough and, more recently, on and around Rusthall Common. He will introduce us to local sites and some of his findings, with explanations as to their significance – sometimes certain, sometimes still to be determined.


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