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.
- see more about our objectives and background;
- get the latest news on current issues;
- download our latest Newsletter;
- check out our latest Publication (use the Publications tab to buy on-line);
- send us your comments on any of our activities or on current issues in the town.
New book on old breweries now available to order
The long anticipated publication by the Local History Group on the history of old breweries in Tunbridge Wells by Guy Sankey has just been published. With fifty years experience in the licensed trade in the town Guy knows more about brewing in Tunbridge Wells than any other person. Over the years he has amassed a collection of brewery memorabilia that is second to none. His particular interest is Kelsey’s on St Johns Road. He has now used that knowledge to produce this account of the history, not only of Kelsey’s, but of seven other breweries in and around the town.
In A4 landscape format with 72 pages in full colour it costs just £9.95. You can get your copy by clicking on the link above to our Publications page and ordering on-line.
There is a special price to members of the Civic Society when bought directly from John Cunningham and details are on page 2 of the Autumn 2020 Newsletter.
Our next event for 2022:
Thursday 13th January 7.30pm on Zoom - 'Greater Goudhurst' - a follow-up to last March’s talk which focused on the village itself.
Gill Joye was chairman and archivist of Goudhurst & Kilndown Local History Society for several years, so is well placed to illustrate and recount more stories of historic properties and remarkable personalities, drawn this time from a mile or two outside the village centre.