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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 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 Newsletter.


Our next events:

Thursday 9th September on Zoom - The Local History Group with Brian Lippard.
An account of recent research into the history of Tunbridge Wells by Brian Lippard and Chris Jones.

Friday 10th September to Sunday 19th September - Heritage Open Days in and around Tunbridge Wells.
Click on the link above to our Heritage Open Days page which will take you to our dedicated Heritage Open Days site for full details of events.


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Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society - Registered Charity No. 276545