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1829HistoryFairmile RoadColbran'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


3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn A. Le Lacheur, M, Head, married, age 43, born Guernsey, Channel Islands; occupation: merchant, ship owner and consul generalJohn A. Le Lacheur, merchant, ship owner and consul generalNo 1 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Lydia J. Le Lacheur, F, Wife, married, age 38, born Guernsey, Channel IslandsLydia J. Le Lacheur
Brealey Le Lacheur, M, Son, age 14, born Hampstead, Middlesex; occupation: scholarBrealey Le Lacheur
Lydia M. Le Lacheur, F, Daughter, age 13, born Hampstead, Middlesex; occupation: scholarLydia M. Le Lacheur
Ellen M. Le Lacheur, F, Daughter, age 10, born Hampstead, Middlesex; occupation: scholarEllen M. Le Lacheur
Emma M. Le Lacheur, F, Daughter, age 6, born St Leonards, Sussex; occupation: scholarEmma M. Le Lacheur
Edith K. Le Lacheur, F, Daughter, age 4, born Upper Clapham, MiddlesexEdith K. Le Lacheur
William J. Le Lacheur, M, Son, age 2, born St Leonards, SussexWilliam J. Le Lacheur
Frances A. Le Lacheur, F, Daughter, age 6 m, born Tunbridge Wells, KentFrances A. Le Lacheur
Mary Franks, F, Servant, married, age 31, born Battle, Sussex; occupation: cookMary Franks
Isabella Frazer, F, Servant, single, age 39, born Scotland; occupation: housemaidIsabella Frazer
Caroline Marchant, F, Servant, single, age 34, born Burley, Hampshire; occupation: nurseCaroline Marchant
Mary Marchant, F, Servant, single, age 32, born Burley, Hampshire; occupation: parlour maidMary Marchant
Miriam Knight, F, Servant, single, age 27, born Rudgwick, Sussex; occupation: nurseMiriam Knight
Mary A. Hayter, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Highwood, Hampshire; occupation: under nurseMary A. Hayter
George Macqueen, M, Servant, single, age 20, born Pembury, Kent; occupation: groomGeorge Macqueen

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Varney, M, Head, married, age 37, born Stoken Church, Oxford; occupation Bath Chair ManJohn VarneyRoom over coach house, No 1 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

3rd Apr 1881CensusElizabeth Walker, F, Head, widowed, age 84, born Sydney, Australia; occupation Private income from dividendsElizabeth WalkerNo 3 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mary Black, F, Companion, single, age 38, born Ramsgate, Kent, occupation: companionMary Black
Maria Francis, F, Servant, single, age 48, born Bottisham, Cambridge; occupation: cookMaria Francis
Eliza Watson, F, Servant, single, age 41, born Willian, Hertford; occupation Lady's maidEliza Watson
Mary A. Stanbridge, F, Servant, single, age 29, born Goudhurst, Kent; occupation: parlour maidMary A. Stanbridge
Caroline Pack, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Southborough, Kent; occupation HousemaidCaroline Pack

3rd Apr 1881CensusEdward Dale, M, Head, married, age 33, born Wiston, Sussex; occupation: coachmanEdward Dale, coachmanCoachmans Cottage, No 3 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Annie Dale, F, Wife, married, age 27, born LincolnAnnie Dale
William G.F. Dale, M, Son, age 3, born Brighton, SussexWilliam G.F. Dale
Edward G. Dale, M, Son, age 1, born Tunbridge Wells, KentEdward G. Dale

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Burley, M, Head, married, age 48, born Mylor, Cornwall, occupation: gardenerThomas Burley, gardenerGardeners Cottage, No 3 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mary A. Burley, F, Wife, married, age 56, born Truro, Cornwall, occupation: dressmakerMary A. Burley

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrances Steele, F, Head, widowed, age 76, born Lancashire; occupation: private income from dividendsFrances Steele, private income from dividendsNo 5 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Harriet E. Steele, F, Daughter, single, age 41, born LancashireHarriet E. Steele
Oswald T. Steele, M, Son, single, age 39, born Lancashire; occupation: barrister at lawOswald T. Steele
Mary Almack, F, Visitor, single, age 41, born SuffolkMary Almack
Mary J. Moore, F, Maid, widowed, age 49, born Scotland; occupation: domestic servantMary J. Moore
Annie Figgett, F, Servant, single, age 27, born Kent; occupation: domestic servantAnnie Figgett
Ellen Stofer, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Kent; occupation: domestic servantEllen Stofer
William Eade, M, Servant, single, age 24, born Sussex; occupation: domestic servantWilliam Eade

3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Bridgland, F, Head, widowed, age 61, born Hartfield, Sussex, occupation: housekeeperMary Bridgland, housekeeperNo 7 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Occupation HousemaidSarah Hoath

3rd Apr 1881CensusLeigh C. Smyth, M, Head, married, age 80, born Jamaica; occupation: retired solicitorLeigh C. Smyth, solicitorNo 9 Calverley Fairmile Rd1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mary Smyth, F, Wife, married, age 70, born Oxford City, OxfordMary Smyth
Ellen Goff, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Bournemouth, Hampshire; occupation: parlour maidEllen Goff
Frances Eggleton, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Fakenham, Norfolk; occupation: housemaidFrances Eggleton
Alice M. Guy, F, Visitor, single, age 27, born Hampton Wick, MiddlesexAlice M. Guy

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam A. Collins, M, Head, married, age 25, born Nettlestead, Kent; occupation: gardenerWilliam A. Collins, gardenerGardeners Lodge, No 9 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Ellen Collins, F, Wife, married, age 24, born East Peckham, KentEllen Collins
Albert J. Floyd, M, Lodger, single, age 21, born Pembury, Kent; occupation: gardenerAlbert J. Floyd

3rd Apr 1881CensusPatrick O Donohue, M, Head, single, age 43, born Wexford, Ireland; occupation: gardenerPatrick O Donohue, gardenerGardeners Rooms, No 11 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

3rd Apr 1881CensusHenry Debbage, M, Head, married, age 64, born Wranworth, Norfolk; occupation: gardenerHenry Debbage, gardenerGardeners Lodge, No 15 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mary Debbage, F, Wife, married, age 57, born Hamblington, NorfolkMary Debbage

3rd Apr 1881CensusCh. William Siemens, M, Head, married, age 57, born Hanover Natl British Subject; occupation: civil engineerCharles William Siemens, civil engineerSherwood, No 15 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Herbert, M, Servant, single, age 23, born Reigate, Surrey; occupation: assistant gardenerWilliam HerbertSherwood, No 15 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Penelope A. Smith, F, Servant, single, age 45, born Willicott, Gloucester; occupation: sick nursePenelope A. Smith
Anne Gordon, F, Mother in law, widowed, age 94, born Sunderland, DurhamAnne Gordon
Mary E.N. Gordon, F, Sister in law, single, age 61, born EdinburghMary E.N. Gordon
J. Helen Thomson, F, Cousin, single, age 47, born EdinburghJ. Helen Thomson
Alexander Siemens, M, Nephew, single, age 34, born Hanover Natl British Subject; occupation: civil engineerAlexander Siemens
James Dennington, M, Servant, single, age 21, born Kelsale, Suffolk; occupation: footmanJames Dennington
Frederick Blackwell, M, Servant, single, age 20, born London, occupation: footmanFrederick Blackwell
Mary J. Gardner, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Waltham, Essex; occupation: kitchenmaidMary J. Gardner
Eleanor Byford, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Walton Cross, Hertford, occupation: housemaidEleanor Byford
Eliza Byford, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Walton Cross, Hertford, occupation: under housemaidEliza Byford
Charles Wellard, M, Servant, married, age 29, born Hampstead, Middlesex; occupation CoachmanCharles Wellard
Emma Underwood, F, Servant, married, age 39, born LondonEmma Underwood
William Wenham, M, Servant, single, age 23, born Westfield, Sussex; occupation Assistant gardenerWilliam Wenham

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Willis, M, Head, married, age 63, born Walgrave, Berkshire; occupation CoachmanJohn WillisCoachmans cottage, No 15 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mary Willis, F, Wife, married, age 44, born Forfarshire, ScotlandMary Willis

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Twigger, M, Head, married, age 37, born Fareham, Hampshire; occupation GardenerWilliam TwiggerGardeners, No 15 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Maria Twigger, F, Wife, married, age 42, born Slindon, SussexMaria Twigger
Allan Twigger, M, Son, age 5, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation ScholarAllan Twigger
William Twigger, M, Son, age 2, born Tunbridge Wells, KentWilliam Twigger

3rd Apr 1881CensusDavid Buchanan, M, Head, married, age 60, born Scotland, occupation: gardenerDavid Buchanan, gardenerGardeners, No 15 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Street, M, Head, married, age 63, born Wargrave, Berkshire; occupation: gardenerThomas Street, gardenerGardeners, No 15 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Hannah Street, F, Wife, married, age 63, born Wargrave, BerkshireHannah Street
Jane Street, F, Daughter, single, age 26, born Tonbridge, KentJane Street

3rd Apr 1881CensusDudley Stringer, M, Head, married, age 40, born Dudley; occupation: iron masterDudley Stringer, iron masterNo 10 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mary French, F, Servant, single, age 52, born Ely; occupation: housekeeperMary French
Louisa Jeffery, F, Servant, single, age 16, born Romford; occupation: housemaidLouisa Jeffery
Emily Young, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation HousemaidEmily Young
Philadelphia Saunders, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: kitchenmaidPhiladelphia Saunders

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Ford, M, Head, married, age 39, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: gardenerJames Ford, gardenerGardeners Cottage, No 10 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mary A. Ford, F, Wife, married, age 35, born West Peckham, KentMary A. Ford
Gertrude Ford, F, Daughter, age 13, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: scholarGertrude Ford
Herbert J. Ford, M, Son, age 8, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: scholarHerbert J. Ford
Catherine M. Ford, F, Daughter, age 6, born Ticehurst, Sussex; occupation: scholarCatherine M. Ford
Frank Ford, M, Son, age 1, born Tunbridge Wells, KentFrank Ford

3rd Apr 1881CensusDavid Walker, M, Head, married, age 58, born Meltonby, York; occupation GardenerDavid WalkerGardeners Cottage, Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Elizabeth Walker, F, Wife, married, age 60, born Wellington, ShropshireElizabeth Walker

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames Roberts, M, Head, single, age 27, born Flintshire, Wales; occupation Under gardenerJames RobertsUnder Gardeners Rooms, Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
William W. Couzens, M, Servant, single, age 22, born Kintbury, Berkshire; occupation: under gardenerWilliam W. Couzens
Frederick Perry, M, Servant, single, age 21, born Lympstone, Devon; occupation Under gardenerFrederick Perry

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge W. Hill, M, Head, single, age 27, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation: groomGeorge W. Hill, groomGrooms Rooms, Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Walter G. Sales, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: groomWalter G. Sales
Charles T. Osmond, M, Servant, single, age 17, born Sunderland, Durham; occupation GroomCharles T. Osmond

3rd Apr 1881CensusEllen Kearley, F, Head, single, age 23, born Islington, Middlesex; occupation: laundry maidEllen Kearley, laundry maidRooms over Laundry, Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Annie Ballinger, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Whitchurch, Hereford, occupation: laundrymaidAnnie Ballinger

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn Selley, M, Head, married, age 42, born Trenford, Devon; occupation: coachmanJohn Selley, coachmanCoachmans Rooms, Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Caroline Selley, F, Wife, married, age 40, born Alphington, DevonCaroline Selley

3rd Apr 1881CensusSamuel Smith, M, Head, married, age 52, born Beoley, Worcester; occupation: gardenerSamuel Smith, gardenerGardeners Lodge, Dunorlan, Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Maria Smith, F, Wife, married, age 60, born Stratford On Avon, WarwickMaria Smith
Elizabeth King, F, Daughter, single, age 30, born Stratford On Avon, Warwick; occupation: parlour maidElizabeth King

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Eade, M, Head, widowed, age 75, born Middleton, Suffolk; occupation: former gardenerWilliam Eade, gardenerEntrance Lodge, No 6 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Catherine Parker, F, Boarder, single, age 74, born Paddington, Middlesex; occupation: former housekeeperCatherine Parker

3rd Apr 1881CensusWilliam Ranger, M, Head, widowed, age 34, born Sevenoaks, Kent; occupation: butlerWilliam Ranger, butlerPrivate House, No 6 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Elizabeth Heale, F, Servant, single, age 36, born Newport, Monmouth; occupation: cookElizabeth Heale
Eliza Pullen, F, Servant, single, age 45, born Lambeth, London; occupation HousemaidEliza Pullen
Eliza Baker, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: housemaidEliza Baker
Emma Goodman, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: kitchenmaidEmma Goodman
Albert Trotman, M, Servant, single, age 19, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation FootmanAlbert Trotman

3rd Apr 1881CensusAlfred Bashford, M, Head, married, age 41, born Barnfelt, Kent, occupation: gardenerAlfred Bashford, gardenerGardeners Lodge, No 6 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Susanna Bashford, F, Wife, married, age 46, born Deal, KentSusanna Bashford
William J. Bashford, M, Son, age 13, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent, occupation: scholarWilliam J. Bashford
Rosa Bashford, F, Daughter, age 11, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent, occupation: scholarRosa Bashford
Alfred E. Bashford, M, Son, age 9, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent, occupation: scholarAlfred E. Bashford
Albert E. Bashford, M, Son, age 6, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent, occupation: scholarAlbert E. Bashford
Frederick J. Bashford, M, Son, age 4, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent, occupation: scholarFrederick J. Bashford

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge Atkins, M, Head, single, age 23, born Charing, Kent; occupation: groomGeorge Atkins, groomCoachmans Rooms, No 6 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
William Macqueen, M, Servant, single, age 24, born London; occupation: groomWilliam Macqueen

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn E. Roxborough, M, Head, married, age 26, born Tottenham Ct Rd, Middlesex; occupation CoachmanJohn E. RoxboroughCoachmans Lodge, No 4 Calverley Fourmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Elizabeth Roxborough, F, Wife, married, age 26, born Deddington, OxfordElizabeth Roxborough
Elizabeth Roxborough, F, Daughter, age 3, born Knightsbridge ChelseaElizabeth Roxborough

3rd Apr 1881CensusMatilda Mills, F, Head, widowed, age 72, born Islington, MiddlesexMatilda MillsNo 4 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Helen K. Sweet, F, Servant, single, age 36, born Ipswich, Suffolk; occupation: housekeeperHelen K. Sweet
Eliza W. Fry, F, Servant, single, age 26, born St Ives, Cornwall; occupation: housemaidEliza W. Fry
Rosa Taylor, F, Servant, single, age 29, born St Pancras, Middlesex; occupation: lady's maidRosa Taylor
Annie Collison, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Brighton, Sussex; occupation: under housemaidAnnie Collison
Emily Trotman, F, Servant, married, age 33, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation CookEmily Trotman

3rd Apr 1881CensusSebastopool Foreman, M, Head, married, age 26, born Ingham, Suffolk; occupation: gardenerSebastopool Foreman, gardenerGardeners Cottage, No 4 Calverley Fairmile Road1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Sarah Foreman, F, Wife, married, age 25, born Southery, NorfolkSarah Foreman
Florence A. Foreman, F, Daughter, age 2, born Tooting, SurreyFlorence A. Foreman
Harry K. Foreman, M, Son, age 4 m, born Tunbridge Wells, KentHarry K. Foreman

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