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Books and other documents
PublishedTitle, author and references
1883Pelton's Illustrated Guide to Tunbridge Wells by J. Radford Thomson, M.A. ⇒ p. 84

Places in Calverley Park Gardens
Baston Cottage
Baston Lodge
Farnborough Lodge
Halls Hole Cottages
Keston Lodge
Historical records

1829HistoryCalverley Park GardensColbran'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


1830 to 1840HistoryCalverley Nursery GroundsColbran's Tunbridge Wells

Opposite one of the entrances to the Park is Baston Cottage, an elegant building in the Gothic stile of architecture. It is the property of Decimus Burton, Esq. There are some extensive pleasure grounds here, which are laid out with great taste. Immediately adjacent to Baston cottage, are the Calverley Nursery Grounds, in the occupation of Mr. William Piper, which always afford a most delightful lounge to visitors, and are well worth seeing. The building of the new town appeared to act as a powerful stimulus, for while this was going on the Windmill Fields in the neighbourhood of Calverley were covered with cottages, and much of the adjoining land was also built upon. Several detached villas have been erected, as well as a row of houses, called Park View, pleasantly situated, which command an extensive prospect. Adjoining these is Grove Hill comprising a number of genteel residences and first-rate lodging-houses, which are eagerly sought after during the season.


1839Tunbridge WellsTunbridge WellsCalverley Nursery GroundsColbran's Tunbridge Wells

c 1875Churchill's Calverley Hotel with the Park and Pleasure GardensChurchill's Calverley Hotel with the Park and Pleasure Gardens, Tunbridge Wells drawn by C. J. Dodd and engraved by J. T. WedgwoodCalverley Park GardensPrivate collection

3rd Apr 1881CensusJohn G. Smith, M, Head, married, age 54, born Chelsea, Middlesex; occupation: gold lace manufacturerJohn G. Smith, gold lace manufacturer2 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Sarah Smith, F, Wife, married, age 48, born Fulham, MiddlesexSarah Smith
Sidney B. Smith, M, Son, single, age 25, born Notting Hill, Middlesex; occupation: member of the london stock exchangeSidney B. Smith
Arthur C. Smith, M, Son, age 6, born Notting Hill, MiddlesexArthur C. Smith
Maude E. Robinson, F, Niece, single, age 20, born Idmiston, WiltshireMaude E. Robinson
Sarah Pratt, F, Servant, single, age 25, born East Hackney, Cambridge; occupation: servantSarah Pratt
Agnes G. Richardson, F, Servant, single, age 28, born Tun Wells, Kent; occupation CookAgnes G. Richardson
Romula Richardson, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Orpington, Kent; occupation HousemaidRomula Richardson

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrances Broadwood, F, Head, widowed, age 62, born London, occupation: annuitantFrances Broadwood, annuitant4 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Philip Morters, M, Servant, single, age 38, born Mundesley, Norfolk; occupation: butlerPhilip Morters
Henry Freedy, M, Servant, single, age 30, born Ditton, Surrey; occupation: footmanHenry Freedy
Annie Feriner, F, Servant, single, age 54, born Rusthall, Kent; occupation: lady's maidAnnie Feriner
Elizabeth Hibbs, F, Servant, single, age 61, born S hampton, Hampshire; occupation: housekeeperElizabeth Hibbs
Ellen Nawland, F, Servant, single, age 29, born (British Subject), India; occupation NurseEllen Nawland
Sarah Towner, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Pembury, Kent; occupation: servantSarah Towner
Mary J. Bunell, F, Servant, single, age 30, born Hurst Green, Kent, occupation: servantMary J. Bunell
Amelia Fleet, F, Servant, single, age 17, born T Wells, Kent; occupation: servantAmelia Fleet

3rd Apr 1881CensusMary Bankworth, F, Head, single, age 50, born Hull, occupation: annuitantMary Bankworth, annuitant6 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Sarah Payne, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Penshurst, Kent; occupation: servantSarah Payne
Amy Ellis, F, Servant, widowed, age 45, born Sevenoaks, Kent; occupation: servantAmy Ellis
Thomas Poulton, M, Servant, married, age 46, born Dursley; occupation CoachmanThomas Poulton

3rd Apr 1881CensusRobert Kinleside, M, Head, single, age 41, born Carrapore, East Indies; occupation: clergymanRobert Kinleside, clergyman8 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Eliza Lethaby, F, Servant, single, age 50, born South Moulton, Devon; occupation: cookEliza Lethaby
Jane Collins, F, Servant, single, age 44, born Brenchley, Kent; occupation: housemaidJane Collins
Alice Allen, F, Servant, single, age 17, born Brenchley, Kent; occupation: housemaidAlice Allen
Samuel Pearson, M, Servant, single, age 26, born Tudeley, Kent; occupation GroomSamuel Pearson

3rd Apr 1881CensusJames D. Bourdillon, M, Head, married, age 70, born Fenstanton, Huntingdon, occupation: annuitantJames D. Bourdillon, annuitant10 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Anne J. Bourdillon, F, Wife, married, age 62, born IrelandAnne J. Bourdillon
Frank W. Bourdillon, M, Son, single, age 29, born India, occupation: coffee planterFrank W. Bourdillon
Charlotte Bourdillon, F, Daughter, single, age 21, born IndiaCharlotte Bourdillon
Emily Bourdillon, F, Daughter, single, age 20, born IndiaEmily Bourdillon
Eliza Smith, F, Servant, single, age 35, born Eastingdon, Gloucester; occupation: servantEliza Smith
Rose H. Walter, F, Servant, single, age 27, born T Wells, Kent; occupation ServantRose H. Walter
Mary Matlock, F, Servant, single, age 31, born Martock, Somerset; occupation: servantMary Matlock

3rd Apr 1881CensusAlexander B. Campbell, M, Head, married, age 83, born Dublin; occupation: clergymanAlexander B. Campbell, clergyman12 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Margaret Campbell, F, Wife, married, age 67, born Iver, BuckinghamMargaret Campbell
Katherine Campbell, F, Niece, single, age 18, born DublinKatherine Campbell
Lucy Turner, F, Servant, single, age 30, born Orpington, Kent; occupation: cookLucy Turner
Caroline Roach, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Hawkenbury, Kent; occupation ServantCaroline Roach
Louisa Walton, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Orpington, Kent; occupation ServantLouisa Walton

3rd Apr 1881CensusKatharine C. Christy, F, Head, widowed, age 65, born Farrington, Berkshire; occupation: annuitantKatharine C. Christy, annuitant14 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Joseph Chamberlain, M, Servant, married, age 36, born Camberwell, Surrey; occupation: servantJoseph Chamberlain
Elizabeth Chamberlain, F, Servant, married, age 36, born Brixton, Surrey; occupation: servantElizabeth Chamberlain
Josephine S. Chamberlain, F, Servant, age 1, born Tun Wells, KentJosephine S. Chamberlain
Isabel Mitchell, F, Servant, single, age 27, born Sou Fleet, Kent; occupation: lady's maidIsabel Mitchell
Emily Muzzell, F, Servant, married, age 31, born Middlesex; occupation: housemaidEmily Muzzell
Annie Cumplen, F, Servant, single, age 20, born Dogmersfield, Hampshire; occupation: kitchenmaidAnnie Cumplen
Frederick O. Smart, M, Servant, single, age 16, born Oakham, Rutland; occupation: footmanFrederick O. Smart

3rd Apr 1881CensusFrederick W. Curteis, M, Head, married, age 66, born Camberwell, Surrey; occupation: magistrateFrederick W. Curteis, magistrate16 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Maria L. Curteis, F, Wife, married, age 42, born LondonMaria L. Curteis
Louisa E. Curteis, F, Daughter, single, age 30, born Corsetey, WiltshireLouisa E. Curteis
Mabel E. Curteis, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born T Wells, KentMabel E. Curteis
Margaret R. Curteis, F, Daughter, single, age 18, born T Wells, KentMargaret R. Curteis
Emily B. Curteis, F, Daughter, single, age 16, born T Wells, Kent; occupation: scholarEmily B. Curteis
Henry A. Curteis, M, Son, single, age 14, born T Wells, Kent; occupation: scholarHenry A. Curteis
Janet A. Curteis, F, Daughter, single, age 11, born T Wells, Kent; occupation: scholarJanet A. Curteis
Claud S. Curteis, M, Son, age 5, born T Wells, Kent; occupation: scholarClaud S. Curteis
Constance M. Curteis, F, Granddaughter, age 2, born Mark, SussexConstance M. Curteis
Alice M. Mercer, F, Visitor, single, age 31, born Ashford, KentAlice M. Mercer
Catherine Stone, F, Servant, single, age 48, born Newhaven, Sussex; occupation: servantCatherine Stone
Elizabeth A. Moore, F, Servant, single, age 43, born Foxglen, Cheshire; occupation: servantElizabeth A. Moore
Thomas Tearall, M, Servant, widowed, age 35; occupation ButlerThomas Tearall
Margarita E. Kelaas, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Trincomalee, Ceylon; occupation: governessMargarita E. Kelaas
Elizabeth A. Gee, F, Servant, single, age 30, born Cambridge; occupation: servantElizabeth A. Gee
Rose Buley, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Tonbridge, Kent, occupation: servantRose Buley
Kezia Baker, F, Servant, single, age 25, born Wootton, Kent; occupation: servantKezia Baker
Hannah Jarman, F, Servant, single, age 22, born Pembury, Kent; occupation: servantHannah Jarman
Harriet Saunders, F, Servant, single, age 21, born Ashurst, Kent; occupation: servantHarriet Saunders
Fanny E. Peddlesden, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Tonbridge, Kent; occupation: servantFanny E. Piddlesden
Charles C. Davey, M, Servant, single, age 16, born Henfield, Sussex; occupation: footmanCharles C. Davey

3rd Apr 1881CensusJennetta C. Hull, F, Head, widowed, age 81, born Scotland; occupation: private income from dividendsJennetta C. Hull, private income from dividends11 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Margaret Murray, F, Servant, single, age 41, born Scotland; occupation: lady's maidMargaret Murray
Ellen Snaley, F, Servant, single, age 46, born Hemel Hempstead, Hertford; occupation: cookEllen Snaley
Emma Snaley, F, Servant, single, age 38, born Abbots Langley, Hertford; occupation: housemaidEmma Snaley
Jane Baldock, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Wadhurst, Sussex, occupation: kitchenmaidJane Baldock

3rd Apr 1881CensusHugh Vans. Hathorn, M, Head, widowed, age 76, born Bruns Square, London; occupation: late Bengal judgeHugh Vans. Hathorn, Bengal judge9 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Jane V. Hathorn, F, Sister in law, age 25, born EdinburghJane V. Hathorn
Ruth Hathorn, F, Granddaughter, single, age 58, born Bath, SomersetRuth Hathorn
Elizabeth Reid, F, Servant, single, age 45, born Carlisle Rockcliffe; occupation NurseElizabeth Reid
Harriet Holmes, F, Servant, single, age 32, born Ash, Norfolk; occupation: domestic servantHarriet Holmes
Emma Holmes, F, Servant, single, age 31, born Ash, Norfolk; occupation: domestic servantEmma Holmes
Agnes Brown, F, Servant, single, age 31, born St James, London; occupation: domestic servantAgnes Brown
Fanny Arnold, F, Servant, single, age 18, born Ticehurst, Kent; occupation: domestic servantFanny Arnold

3rd Apr 1881CensusGeorge P. Smith, M, Head, married, age 61, born Oundle, Northampton; occupation: J. P. D. L. (Herefordshire)George P. Smith, J. P. D. L. (Herefordshire)7 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Martha P. Smith, F, Wife, married, age 58, born LondonMartha P. Smith
Bridget P. Smith, F, Daughter, single, age 34, born LondonBridget P. Smith
Ellen P. Smith, F, Daughter, single, age 31, born Oundle, NorthamptonEllen P. Smith
Edith Smith, F, Daughter, single, age 28, born Oundle, NorthamptonEdith Smith
Dora Smith, F, Daughter, single, age 24, born HerefordDora Smith
Ethel Smith, F, Daughter, single, age 19, born HerefordEthel Smith
Evelina Smith, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born HerefordEvelina Smith
Julia Collins, F, Servant, single, age 26, born Brenchly, Kent; occupation: domestic servantJulia Collins
Fanny Wall, F, Servant, single, age 29, born London; occupation Domestic servantFanny Wall
Martha Hobden, F, Servant, single, age 32, born Pembury, Kent; occupation: domestic servantMartha Hobden
Roderick Reeve, M, Servant, single, age 14, born Brenchley, Kent; occupation Domestic servantRoderick Reeve

3rd Apr 1881CensusAnn Linnell, F, Servant, single, age 30, born Northampton; occupation: lady's maidAnn Linnell5 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent

3rd Apr 1881CensusAnna L. Eyre, F, Head, widowed, age 64, born Winchester, Hampshire; occupation: private income from dividendsAnna L. Eyre, private income from dividends5 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Fanny Millham, F, Servant, single, age 36, born Llandudno, Wales; occupation: housemaidFanny Millham
Sophia F. Eyre, F, Daughter, single, age 42, born Boldre, Hampshire; occupation: private income from dividendsSophia F. Eyre
Josiah Holton, M, Servant, widowed, age 52, born Buckingham; occupation: butlerJosiah Holton
Rebekah Parker, F, Servant, single, age 33, born Gloucester; occupation: cookRebekah Parker

3rd Apr 1881CensusThomas Coath, M, Head, married, age 78, born Liskeard, Cornwall; occupation: retired merchantThomas Coath, merchant3 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Jane Medland, F, Visitor, widowed, age 68, born Liskeard, CornwallJane Medland
Sarah Hogwood, F, Servant, single, age 60, born Sittingbourne, Kent; occupation: housekeeperSarah Hogwood
Ellen Peerless, F, Servant, single, age 26, born Wadhurst, Sussex; occupation: cookEllen Peerless
Sarah Chatfield, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Tunbridge Wells, Kent; occupation: housemaidSarah Chatfield

3rd Apr 1881CensusArcher B. Croft, M, Head, married, age 43, born Greenham, Berkshire; occupation: magistrateArcher B. Croft, magistrate1 Calverley Park Gardens1881 Census
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Amelia C. Croft, F, Wife, married, age 37, born Chertsey, SurreyAmelia C. Croft
Amy E.G. Croft, F, Daughter, single, age 17, born Ostend, BelgiumAmy E.G. Croft
Helen F.C. Croft, F, Daughter, single, age 14, born Bonn, Prussia; occupation: scholarHelen F.C. Croft
Archer J. Croft, M, Son, age 10, born Bath, Somerset; occupation: scholarArcher J. Croft
Hugh W. Croft, M, Son, age 6, born Brighton, Sussex; occupation: scholarHugh W. Croft
Guy G. Croft, M, Son, age 5, born Brighton, Sussex; occupation: scholarGuy G. Croft
Johanna Maller, F, Servant, single, age 27, born Berne, Switzerland; occupation: governessJohanna Maller
Sarah Kingston, F, Servant, single, age 24, born Pewsey, Wiltshire; occupation: nurseSarah Kingston
Matilda Whittington, F, Servant, single, age 35, born Emsworth, Hampshire; occupation CookMatilda Whittington
Elizabeth Touchener, F, Servant, single, age 19, born Southborough, Kent; occupation HousemaidElizabeth Touchener

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