The Pantiles :: Shared Description

The Pantiles is the most famous street in Tunbridge Wells. It was originally a grove of trees until the Chalybeate spring was discovered in 1606. It rapidly developed into the hub of the new spa town. The street has over 40 listed buildings on it.
The Pantiles and Tunbridge Wells itself, owe their beginnings to the discovery of the Chalybeate Spring in the early 17th century and the popularity of the spa water amongst the gentry and royalty of Georgian England. As Tunbridge Wells grew in popularity as a spa resort, so did the area surrounding the Spring - eventually leading to the building of the colonnaded walkway in the 18th century, later known as The Pantiles.
In its heyday in Georgian times, the 'Walks' as they were then known, were the place to see and be seen for visitors to Tunbridge Wells. A strict protocol was adhered to - gentry on the 'Upper Walks', the colonnade, and everyone else on the 'Lower Walks'. Richard Beau Nash, a dandy of the day made it his business to ensure that this protocol was adhered to by acting as a kind of Master of Ceremonies during 'the season' in Tunbridge Wells and in the town's rival, Bath. Things are much more relaxed nowadays and the Pantiles is now a very attractive and stylish part of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Much of the colonnade has been renewed since its beginnings in the 17th century but most of the surrounding buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries.
by N Chadwick
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TQ5838 : Gastronomia, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Bath House by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : The Chalybeate Spring by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Tourist information, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Italian market on the Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : The Pantiles by Paul Gillett
TQ5838 : The Bath House by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : The Chalybeate Spring by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Duke of York by Richard Croft
TQ5838 : View across Nevill Street to the Pantiles by Barbara Carr
TQ5838 : 26-28, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Colonnade, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Chalybeate Spring, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Corn Exchange, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : The Ragged Trousers, in The Pantiles by Barbara Carr
TQ5838 : The Bath House, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : The Music Gallery by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Colonnade, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Colonnade, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Duke of York, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Fishmarket, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : The Pantiles Vintry by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : Musick Gallery over a Jewellery Shop, The Pantiles by N Chadwick
TQ5838 : The Pantiles by N Chadwick

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Created: Fri, 10 Sep 2010, Updated: Mon, 10 Mar 2014

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