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Welcome to the website of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society. The Society is an independent organisation which campaigns for the conservation and improvement of this attractive town with its important heritage and rich cultural life.

New book on Trinity now available to order

This book has been produced to coincide with the opening of Trinity tower to the public. Today, the historical significance of this splendid building and the role it plays in the artistic and cultural life of the town are widely recognised. Yet less than sixty years ago it was threatened with demolition. The book explains the campaign fought by the local Civic Society, and others, to save the building and find a new and worthwhile role that would safeguard its future.

Brian Lippard has lived or worked in Tunbridge Wells since 1971. He is a member and past chairman of the RTW Civic Society, and is currently chairman of its Local History Group. He has had access to the archives of the Civic Society, Trinity, TWBC and the Courier newspaper. He also wishes to acknowledge the unfailing support he has received from Dr. Philip Whitbourn OBE. Without his help this book would be a shadow of what it is now.

In A5 portrait format it costs just £4.95. You can get your copy by clicking on the link above to our Publications page and ordering on-line.

Our next event for 2024:

Thursday 27th June Outing to Michelham Priory House and Gardens

10.30am - at Michelham Priory, Upper Dicker, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 3QS.
The Civic Society have organised a guided tour of the historic 13th century moated Michelham Priory at 10.30am with time afterwards to look around the extensive gardens. Lunch is then available at your choice in the cafe on site, or the 17th century gastro pub The Plough, in the nearby village of Upper Dicker. It is a half hour drive from Tunbridge Wells just off the A22 in the Eastbourne direction. Please make your own way there, where you will find plenty of parking on site.

For those who went to the Buckhurst Park outing, it might be of interest that this Priory was owned by the Sackville family for over 300 years. It is now owned by The Sussex Archaeological Society. Founded by Augustinian canons in 1229, the site is steeped in history. During Tudor times the site suffered destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries, and in World War Two it was home to evacuees and the Canadian Army. There are fascinating displays of furniture and artefacts, set in rooms reflecting different periods of Michelham Priory's rich history. These include an historic kitchen and the World War Two evacuees' bedroom. Outdoors there are seven acres of beautiful grounds to explore including: the Elizabethan Great Barn; medieval gatehouse; and the kitchen, physic and medieval herb gardens.
The cost is £15.00 per person. Lunch at the cafe or pub is not included!
To book please click on the link below:

Michelham Priory

or pay direct into our bank account:

CAF Bank 40-52-40, RTWCS 00017200, and reference with your name and initial - Michelham Priory

or send a cheque payable to RTWCS to: John de Lucy, 28 Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5TB.

If paying by cheque please make sure you include your phone contact details in case of query as there will not be any tickets issued for this event.

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