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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 53

Historical records

1829HistoryCalverley MewsColbran's Tunbridge Wells

[Starting in 1829] the most important alterations were commenced that the Wells had yet seen. These were made on the Calverley Estate which is the property of John Ward, Esq. of Holwood, in the County of Kent. This gentleman having purchased the Calverley and other considerable property adjoining it, … determined upon erecting a number of edifices suitable to the reception of genteel families; and simultaneously with the larger buildings, a number of shops, &c. in their immediate neighbourhood, so that the residents upon this estate might enjoy the same advantages as those who lived nearer the Springs. In the autumn of 1828, this extensive undertaking was commenced from the designs of Decimus Burton, Esq. the eminent Architect of Spring Garden, London; the Messrs. Bramah, of Pimlico, having taken the ground necessary for the purpose, on a building lease. As these buildings progressed, it was evident that a new town was springing up - villas, a terrace, a parade, rows of shops, &c. soon began to develope themselves, and advanced steadily to completion.

Calverley Park comprises 26 acres, adjoining to and overlooking 20 acres of meadow and pleasure grounds in front of the Hotel, and contains twenty-four villas, chiefly of the Italian and Grecian style of architecture. The elegant appearance of these buildings attracts attention and excites admiration; and the views from the Park are at once extensive, diversified, and beautiful; equal, if not superior, to any at the Wells.

At the north west side of the park, is Calverley Promenade, built in the form of a crescent. This row of buildings (seventeen in number) was originally intended for shops, but within the last two years several of them have been converted into dwelling-houses. At one end of the promenade there are Shampooing and Vapour Baths; in the centre, a Library, Reading Room, &c., opposite to which is a Fountain, and beyond that a temporary Orchestra has been erected, where, in the season, a band is stationed to amuse the company. Immediately adjacent to the promenade is the Calverley Hotel, which has been recently finished; the accommodations here are of the first-rate description, and the situation in which it is placed, commanding as it does an uninterrupted view over delightful scenery, renders it one of the most charming spots in the country.

On the opposite side of the road from the Hotel is Calverley Terrace, consisting of four double Villas with pleasure grounds in front and gardens behind, communicating with the stables, coach-houses, &c. Calverley Parade, immediately adjoining, is a range of twelve houses (which were the first built) on a similar scale to those of the terrace, but smaller; and at the back of these are the Calverley Mews, which afford extensive accommodation for horses and carriages, independent of those which are attached to the houses on the terrace and parade. A short distance from the latter, is an excellent Commercial and Family Hotel, called the Camden; next to which is a Market House, one of the most elegant buildings in Tunbridge Wells. … On a line with this is Calverley Place consisting of twelve houses and shops

1839Tunbridge WellsTunbridge WellsCalverley MewsColbran's Tunbridge Wells

3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Drake, F, Head, widowed, age 54, born Waldrake, York; occupation: proprietress of six stablesElizabeth Drake, proprietress of six stables8 Calverley Mews1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

3rd Apr 1881CensusWill Trowell, M, Head, married, age 29, born Tun Wells, Kent; occupation Job MasterWill Trowell7 Calverley Mews1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Catherine Trowell, F, Wife, married, age 32, born LiverpoolCatherine Trowell
Henry Trowell, M, Son, age 8, born T Wells, Kent; occupation ScholarHenry Trowell
Emma E. Trowell, F, Daughter, age 5, born T Wells, Kent; occupation ScholarEmma E. Trowell
Alice M. Trowell, F, Daughter, age 2, born Tunb Wells, KentAlice M. Trowell
Maurice A. Trowell, M, Son, age 1 m, born Tunb Wells, KentMaurice A. Trowell
Mary Fland, F, Nurse, widowed, age 66, born Bedford; occupation: nurseMary Fland

3rd Apr 1881CensusSarah Trowell, F, Head, widowed, age 61, born Albury, Hertford; occupation Fly ProprietressSarah Trowell13 Calverley Mews1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
George Trowell, M, Son, single, age 20, born Tun Wells, Kent; occupation Fly DriverGeorge Trowell
Albert H. Trowell, M, Son, single, age 18, born Tun Wells, Kent; occupation Fly DriverAlbert H. Trowell

3rd Apr 1881CensusMaurice Bushman, M, Head, married, age 25, born London, occupation: tailorMaurice Bushman, tailor14 Calverley Mews1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Emma Bushman, F, Wife, married, age 25, born Tunb Wells, KentEmma Bushman
Maurice W. Bushman, M, Son, age 6 m, born Tunb Wells, KentMaurice W. Bushman

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Farmer, M, Head, married, age 24, born Blackham, Sussex; occupation: coachmanHenry Reuben Farmer, coachman2 Calverley Mews1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Katherine Farmer, F, Wife, married, age 23, born Bristol, SomersetKatherine Farmer

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Rudkin, M, Head, married, age 32, born Empgham, Rutland; occupation CoachmanJames Rudkin3 Calverley Mews1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Penelope Rudkin, F, Wife, married, age 25, born Upwell, CambridgePenelope Rudkin [Simmons]
Edwin T. Rudkin, M, Son, age 16 m, born T Wells, KentEdwin T. Rudkin
Jane Rudkin, F, Daughter, age 1 m, born T Wells, KentJane Rudkin
Emma Simmons, F, Mother in law, married, age 56, born Upwell, CambridgeEmma Simmons
Robert Rudkin, M, Brother, single, age 24, born Empgham, Rutland; occupation GroomRobert Rudkin

3rd Apr 1881CensusNoah Chandler, M, Head, married, age 37, born Speldhurst, Kent, occupation: gardenerNoah Chandler, gardenerCalverley Mews And Tap1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Anne Chandler, F, Wife, married, age 25, born Clare Co, IrelandAnne Chandler
Harry Chandler, M, Son, age 11, born T Wells, Kent, occupation: scholarHarry Chandler
Eveline Chandler, F, Daughter, age 8, born T Wells, Kent, occupation: scholarEveline Chandler

3rd Apr 1881CensusRichard Steers, M, Head, married, age 32, born Fulham, Middlesex; occupation: blacksmithRichard Steers, blacksmithCalverley Mews And Tap1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Emily Steers, F, Wife, married, age 32, born Penshurst, Kent; occupation: laundressEmily Steers
Percy Steers, M, Son, age 11, born Tun Wells, Kent; occupation: scholarPercy Steers
Maud Steers, F, Daughter, age 6, born Tun Wells, Kent; occupation: scholarMaud Steers

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