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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 13th May on Zoom - ‘Prince Charles’ Urban Villages' presented by Richard Holme.
In his groundbreaking ‘Vision of Britain’ published in 1989, Prince Charles set out ten architectural principles; he then followed them up in practice with the construction of a new urban village, Poundbury, starting in 1993 on Duchy of Cornwall land beside Dorchester. The result has attracted much praise but also strong criticism - ‘fake, heartless and grimly cute’ and ‘a feudal Disneyland’ are just two! Visitors often report it as interesting but soulless. In 2014 work started on a second project at Nansledan, an extension to Newquay, more modest in scale. Its school has won architectural awards, but have lessons been learned from experience at Poundbury?


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