The Weald of Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Calverley Terrace    Calverley Park  Tunbridge Wells  
Now replaced by Tunbridge Wells Town Hall

Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1830Guide of Tunbridge Wells ⇒ p. 50
1840New Guide for Tunbridge Wells by John Colbran and edited by James Phippen ⇒ p. 53

Historical records

1829HistoryCalverley TerraceColbran'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 TerraceColbran's Tunbridge Wells

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn H. Joy, M, Head, single, age 70, born Belfast, Ireland; occupation: clergyman without cure of soulsJohn H. Joy, clergyman3 Calverley Terrace1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
William B. Joy, M, Brother, married, age 80, born Belfast, Ireland; occupation: doctor of medicineWilliam B. Joy, doctor of medicine
Arminella Joy, F, Sister in law, married, age 67, born Belfast, Ireland; occupation: private income from propertyArminella Joy
Archibald Joy, M, Nephew, single, age 34, born Dublin, Ireland; occupation: private income from propertyArchibald Joy
Anne E. Kirby, F, Servant, single, age 35, born Mansa, Cambridge; occupation: general servantAnne E. Kirby
John A. Ball, M, Servant, single, age 22, born Bristol, Gloucester, occupation: servantJohn A. Ball

3rd Apr 1881CensusRobert J. Starling, M, Head, widowed, age 80, born Twickenham, Middlesex; occupation: doctor of medicineRobert J. Starling, doctor of medicine4 Calverley Terrace1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Eliza Hope, F, Servant, single, age 45, born East Peckham, Kent; occupation: housekeeperEliza Hope
Amy G. Jarvis, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Deptford, Kent; occupation: servantAmy G. Jarvis
Emily M. Underdown, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation ServantEmily M. Underdown

3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Sprott, F, Head, widowed, age 87, born Horsham, Sussex; occupation: private income from propertyMary Sprott, private income from property5 Calverley Terrace1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Sophia Sprott, F, Daughter in law, single, age 63, born Tunb Wells, KentSophia Sprott
Lucy Boon, F, Servant, widowed, age 55, born Allenton, Sussex, occupation: servantLucy Boon
Ruth Dance, F, Servant, single, age 29, born Mayfield, Sussex; occupation: servantRuth Dance

3rd Apr 1881CensusSarah F. Bourne, F, Head, single, age 68, born Gainsboro, Lincoln, occupation: private income from dividendsSarah F. Bourne, private income from dividends6 Calverley Terrace1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Margaret Bourne, F, Sister, single, age 61, born Gainsboro, Lincoln, occupation: private income from dividendsMargaret Bourne
Fanny Rhodes, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Marden, Kent; occupation ServantFanny Rhodes
Emma Winter, F, Servant, single, age 23, born Withyham, Sussex; occupation ServantEmma Winter
Emily Readings, F, Servant, single, age 36; occupation ServantEmily Readings
Anne Hamilton, F, Servant, single, age 27, born Scotland; occupation: servantAnne Hamilton

3rd Apr 1881CensusRichard Janson, M, Head, married, age 52, born Tottenham, Middlesex; occupation: private income from dividendsRichard Janson, private income from dividends8 Calverley Terrace1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Mary Janson, F, Wife, married, age 50, born Farnham, SurreyMary Janson
Gertrude M. Janson, F, Daughter, age 12, born Tun Wells, Kent; occupation: scholarGertrude M. Janson
Anne Janson, F, Mother, widowed, age 85, born Bromley, Middlesex; occupation: private income from dividendsAnne Janson
Harriett E.M. Clark, F, Niece, single, age 12, born Adelaide, Australia; occupation: scholarHarriett E.M. Clark
Phoebe Everest, F, Servant, single, age 59, born Penshurst, Kent; occupation: servantPhoebe Everest
Elizabeth Brown, F, Servant, single, age 51, born Stoneham, Suffolk; occupation: servantElizabeth Brown
Mary J. Ellis, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Yealmpton, Devon; occupation: servantMary J. Ellis
Charlotte Nevill, F, Servant, single, age 28, born Islington, Middlesex; occupation: servantCharlotte Nevill
Edith S. Rosen, F, Servant, single, age 15, born T Wells, Kent; occupation ServantEdith S. Rosen

3rd Apr 1881CensusAdelaide Wing, F, Head, widowed, age 85, born London; occupation AnnuitantAdelaide Wing9 Calverley Terrace1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Eleanor Morris, F, Servant, single, age 52, born Wateringbury, Kent; occupation: servantEleanor Morris
Sophia Cundy, F, Servant, single, age 35, born Colberton, Nottingham; occupation: servantSophia Cundy
Mary A. Burnett, F, Servant, widowed, age 62, born Tonbridge, Kent, occupation: servantMary A. Burnett
Hannah Young, F, Servant, single, age 26, born Newhaven, Sussex; occupation ServantHannah Young

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn S. Norris, M, Head, married, age 68, born London; occupation Retired Captain, 34th RegimentJohn S. Norris10 Calverley Terrace1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Elizabeth Norris, F, Wife, married, age 65, born Coleraine, WiltshireElizabeth Norris
Mary Holmwood, F, Servant, single, age 18, born T Wells, Kent; occupation: servantMary Holmwood
Mary Laing, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Bromley, Kent; occupation: servantMary Laing

The Weald is at  Database version 13.6 which has ongoing updates to the 393,326 people; 9,000 places; 613 maps; 3,308 pictures, engravings and photographs; and 248 books loaded in the previous version

Fasthosts web site  
British Libarary  
High Weald  
Sussex Family History Group  
Sussex Record Society  
Sussex Archaeological Society  
Kent Archaeological Society  
Mid Kent Marriages  
Genes Reunited  
International Genealogical Index  
National Archives  

of the