TQ5839 : St Helena, Tunbridge Wells Common

taken 8 years ago, near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

St Helena, Tunbridge Wells Common
St Helena, Tunbridge Wells Common
Built between 1828 and 1838 on the floor of a small stone quarry and used in early times as a lodging house. It replaced an earlier and much smaller cottage shown on Bowra's map of 1738 and illustrated in a number of eighteenth and nineteenth century illustrations along with a second small structure to the north, on the other side of the rock. At the foot of the rocks a manhole cover marks the entrance to caves excavated for sand and open to the road until its level was raised in a controversial road levelling scheme carried out by the local Turnpike Trust in 1833. Residents complained that the loss of the caves spoiled the picturesque and much illustrated first view of the town which visitors saw as they travelled in from London. The caves were reopened at the outbreak of World War II to serve as air raid shelters
(Tunbridge Wells Conservators)
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TQ5839, 3705 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Monday, 21 December, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 17 January, 2010
Category
Cottage   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 581 395 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:8.0198N 0:15.5317E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 581 395
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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