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Tunderbridge Wells Water

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Tunbridge Wells was founded in the 17th century following the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring in 1606.
The waters from the spring were said to have restorative properties, and so Tunbridge Wells grew into a thriving spa resort town. Queen Victoria regularly travelled down from London to "take the waters", and in 1909 King Edward VII officially granted the town its "Royal" prefix
In the nineteenth century, as Tunbridge Wells developed from a seasonal village to a residential town, belief in the efficacy of the waters declined. But the townsfolk continued to promote it as a general health resort. Local guides often admitted that although people were restored to health by their stay in the town, it may have been the general environment rather than the waters that was responsible. Walks on the breezy Common rather than a course of water drinking began to be recommended for those seeking restoration of health. As late as the 1930s the official town guide acclaimed Tunbridge Wells as 'Britain's sunniest inland health resort'.An attempt was made in the 1930s to build an international spa and health centre at Sherwood Park, but the grandiose scheme came to nothing. Nonetheless, Tunbridge Wells survived on the tourist map of England as a popular centre for touring the Kent and Sussex Weald, as it has remained to the present day. Although the tradition of drinking from the famous spring is no longer taken very seriously, a costumed dipper still dispenses the water to modern day visitors.