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Friday, April 15, 2011
Tonbridge Then and Now....
High Street (Not sure quite where)
Outside the Chequers Inn
Top of Quarry Hill
I've just bought a lovely old photo album called Pictureque Views of Tonbridge published by R.J. Garton which apparently was an Art, Needlework and Fancy Goods shop at 50 High Street, Tonbridge according to the title page. (Not sure what's there now?) I paid far too much for it on ebay but I'm glad I did because it has taken me momentarily back in time. Back to a time when life seems to have been much less hectic, when people sent postcards instead of emails and texts, when everything didn't have to be done so quickly. Maybe in reality it wasn't so idyllic but I bet people were far less stressed out in those days at the turn of the century. Here are some of the pictures which Tonbridge Blog can bring to you because presumably no one still holds the copyright on them. If they do then show me the proof and sue me! In the meantime I thought I'd share them with the town and Tonbridge expats the world over. They show long forgotten shops, lost pastimes like boating along the river and swimming in the Medway bathing pool (basically the river!) There's Barden Park which is now a housing estate and was once the seat of Andrew Judd the founder of Tonridge School and Lord Mayor of London. I love the simple one of the cyclists at the top of Quarry Hill and the view of the Public Hall looking towards the bridge. How different it all looks now....