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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 8th February 7.30pm on Zoom

'Victorian Funerals' - an illustrated talk by Brian Kempster.
The elaborate customs and rituals of our forefathers are explained and illustrated by funeral director Brian Kempster, who for many years ran J. Kempster & Sons, the prominent Tunbridge Wells firm of funeral directors. He observes that nowadays we seem divided between reintroducing some of the elaborate aspects of the Victorian funeral and abandoning all forms of ceremony and ritual. It is fascinating to learn about the funeral customs of the 19th century and the important part they played in allowing and even encouraging people to mourn and express their grief in public. His presentation, including specific references to Tunbridge Wells, looks at some of the history associated with the way things were done during that long period that we call the Victorian era.

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