TQ5838 : The Grove

taken 5 years ago, near to Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, Great Britain

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The Grove
The Grove
The Grove lies at the centre of the village of Mount Sion, one of the two original settlements from the early days of Tunbridge Wells.
Before the discovery of the nearby chalybeate spring, Mount Sion was a remote and neglected corner of the manor of South Frith. In 1684 its owner Viscountess Purbeck realised its potential for development and began selling off plots of land to provide lodgings and other facilities for the visitors who came to drink the medicinal waters. The Grove, which was originally a small wood surrounded by open heathland, remained part of the manor until 1703.
In that year Viscountess Purbeck's son, the self-styled Duke of Buckingham, placed the area in trust to be preserved forever as an open space for the benefit of the local inhabitants. In 1782 the townsfolk were worried to discover that the trustees had all died without appointing successors. Remote descendants in different parts of the country had to be sought out and encouraged to appoint new local trustees. At this time the Grove contained about two hundred oaks and ten beeches, as well as many smaller trees.
Many improvements were carried out under the direction of William Law Pope, the public-spirited minister of King Charles' Church, who was the leading trustee from 1864. When Tunbridge Wells became a borough in 1889, the newly appointed Council took over control of the Grove from the Trustees and has been responsible for its care ever since.
Many older trees were blown down in the Great Storm of October 1987, but as the new trees planted at that time mature the Grove will gradually return to its traditional appearance. (TWBC)

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Date Taken
Saturday, 15 June, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 17 September, 2013
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5851 3891 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:7.6525N 0:15.8310E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 5849 3889
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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