Borough of Tunbridge Wells

The Borough of Tunbridge Wells is a local government district and borough in Kent, England. It takes its name from its main town, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The district was formed on 1 April 1974, by the merger of the municipal borough of Royal Tunbridge Wells along with Southborough urban district, Cranbrook Rural District and most of Tonbridge Rural District.

Borough of Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells shown within Kent
Tunbridge Wells shown within Kent
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Constituent countryEngland
RegionSouth East England
Non-metropolitan countyKent
StatusNon-metropolitan district
Admin HQRoyal Tunbridge Wells
Incorporated1 April 1974
 • TypeNon-metropolitan district council
 • BodyTunbridge Wells Borough Council
 • LeadershipLeader & Cabinet (Conservative)
 • MPsGreg Clark
 • Total127.9 sq mi (331.3 km2)
Area rank125th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
 • Total118,054
 • Rank197th (of 317)
 • Density920/sq mi (360/km2)
 • Ethnicity
95.1% White
1.4% S.Asian
1.1% Black
1.3% Mixed Race
1.0% Chinese or other
Time zoneUTC0 (GMT)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code29UQ (ONS)
E07000116 (GSS)
OS grid referenceTQ5817739112

Description of borough


The borough of Tunbridge Wells lies along the south western border of Kent, partly on the northern edge of the Weald, the remainder on the Weald Clay plain in the upper reaches of the rivers Teise and Beult.

The North Weald area

The restricted area immediately to the north and west of Tunbridge Wells lies within the Weald. The presence of sandstone outcrops and the chalybeate springs, together with old workings, point to ancient iron manufacturing in the area.

Weald Clay plain

This plain is part of the so-called Garden of England, named for its extensive orchards and former hop farms, sheep and cattle. A string of villages lies across this plain, from Brenchley and Horsmonden to Benenden and Headcorn.


  • Roads The main roads through the borough are the A21 London to Hastings road and in the east, the A229, which runs from the A21 at Hurst Green through Cranbrook to Maidstone.
  • Railways The line of the former South Eastern Railway (SER) main line crosses the clay plain in an almost unbroken straight line between Redhill and Ashford, Kent. The SER line to Hastings passes through Tunbridge Wells; here there was once a further branch connection south-eastwards to Groombridge, and at Paddock Wood is the southern terminus of the Medway Valley Line to Maidstone.

Borough organisation


In the 2016 European Union referendum, Tunbridge Wells was the only district in Kent that voted to remain in the EU (54.89%).

Places of interest

Apart from Tunbridge Wells itself, places of interest in the Borough include:

See also

External links

Coordinates: 51°07′44″N 0°15′39″E / 51.12889°N 0.26083°E

BBC Radio Kent

BBC Radio Kent is the BBC Local Radio service for the English county of Kent and parts of southeast London.

It broadcasts on FM on 96.7 (West Kent, Wrotham transmitter), 97.6 (Folkestone area) and 104.2 (East Kent, Swingate transmitter) and DAB.

According to RAJAR, the station has a weekly audience of 179,000 listeners and a 4.1% share as of December 2018.

Beal's Green

Beal's Green is a hamlet north of Hawkhurst in Kent, South East England.


Bidborough is a village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England, north of Tunbridge Wells and south of Tonbridge. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 958, increasing to 1,163 at the 2011 Census.


Brenchley is a village in the civil parish of Brenchley and Matfield, in the borough of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

Colliers Green

Colliers Green is a village near Cranbrook in Kent, England.

Colliers Green School, a Church of England primary school, is located at the centre of the village.


Coursehorn is a hamlet located immediately to the east of the village of Cranbrook in Kent, England. It is the site of the local cemetery; and Dulwich Preparatory School (DCPS), which despite the name is not connected with Dulwich College in London, but is connected with Dulwich College Preparatory School in London.

The Old Cloth Hall, showing Cranbrook's medieval importance to the wool industry, is also located in Coursehorn. The Old Cloth Hall is listed Grade II* on the National Heritage List for England.

Curtisden Green

Curtisden Green is a hamlet, lying 3 miles (4.8 km) to the north of Goudhurst, Kent, England. It is the location of Bethany School.

Hartley, Cranbrook

Hartley is a village one mile southwest of Cranbrook in Kent, England. The only retailer in the area is a local farmshop, which has a cafe and fishmongers. Hartley lies on the A229.

Hartley Badgers are the local football team. Traditionally, only Hartley natives are eligible for selection- in a policy similar to that of Athletic Bilbao. They share the hosting of the annual grudge match against their fierce rivals, Gills Green Gulls. It is a historically hotly contested fixture, with three hospitalisations from crowd trouble in the last ten years.

Hawkenbury, Tunbridge Wells

Hawkenbury is a small village area located in the south east of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England.

High Brooms

High Brooms is a north eastern suburb of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. Its railway station is High Brooms railway station. It is connected by train to London and Hastings. It is in the civil parish of Southborough.

Between 1885 and 1968, the High Brooms Brick & Tile Company excavated clay in the area.


Kilndown is a hamlet 5 miles (8 km) west of Cranbrook in Kent, England. It is in the civil parish of Goudhurst.

Langton Green

Langton Green is a village in the borough of Tunbridge Wells, England, lying around two miles west of the town centre along the A264. It is located within the parish of Speldhurst although it has its own church on the village green—the Grade II*-listed All Saints, built in 1862–63 by George Gilbert Scott. There is also a village primary school, Langton Green CP School. The Hare public house is well known for its cuisine.

The village is considered to be affluent and is represented locally by Conservative councillors. There is a private school called Holmewood House located in the village and the former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Condon used to live there until 2018.

The famous table-top football game, Subbuteo, was invented and produced for many years in Langton Green.Langton Green has a primary school judged to be ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED in 2012.

Langton Green has a local sport association, which includes mini-soccer and football from U5's to U15's.

Langton Green has a modern, very popular village hall with several different rooms available for hire.

Paddock Wood

Paddock Wood is a small town and civil parish in the Borough of Tunbridge Wells and county of Kent in England, about 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Maidstone. At the time of the 2001 census it had a population of 8,263, falling marginally to 8,253 at the 2011 Census, and is the centre for hop growing in Kent.

Park (Tunbridge Wells)

Park is a local government ward within Tunbridge Wells borough in Kent, England. It is made up of the Camden Park estate, the formerly separate village of Hawkenbury containing a regional Land Registry, Dunorlan Park and the Forest Road area, off which can be found the Tunbridge Wells Cemetery & Crematorium and Nevill Golf Club.

The majority of the ward falls within the Anglican parish of St. Peter's (on Bayhall Road), with a United Reformed Church (on Forest Road) in Hawkenbury and a Salvation Army mission, also on Bayhall Road.

The ward is represented by three councillors, all of which are (as of 2007) Conservatives. The elections are contested by the Liberal Democrats and, for the first time in 2007, by the United Kingdom Independence Party.

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Royal Tunbridge Wells, previously just Tunbridge Wells, is a town in western Kent, England, 30 miles (48 km) south-east of central London, close to the border with East Sussex upon the northern edge of the High Weald, whose sandstone geology is exemplified by the rock formations at the Wellington Rocks and High Rocks.

The town came into being as a spa in the Restoration and enjoyed its heyday as a fashionable resort in the mid-1700s under Beau Nash when the Pantiles, and its chalybeate spring, attracted significant numbers of visitors who wished to take the waters. Though its popularity as a spa town waned with the advent of sea bathing, the town remains highly popular and derives some 30 per cent of its income from the tourist industry.The town has a population of around 56,500, and is the administrative centre of Tunbridge Wells Borough and the parliamentary constituency of Tunbridge Wells.

Sandhurst, Kent

The village of Sandhurst is in Kent near the border with East Sussex. It is situated very close to Bodiam. It is located on the A268 near the villages of Hawkhurst and Northiam. Sandhurst is in the borough of Tunbridge Wells.

The Black Death in 1348/49 is believed to be the cause of why the church in Sandhurst is so far from the main village, although it could also be explained by an increase in trade heading from Hawkhurst to Rye, where the majority of the village now rests.


Sissinghurst is a small village in the Tunbridge Wells district of the county of Kent in England. Originally called Milkhouse Street (also referred to as Mylkehouse), Sissinghurst changed its name in the 1850s, possibly to avoid association with the smuggling and cockfighting activities of the Hawkhurst Gang. It is in the civil parish of Cranbrook and Sissinghurst.

The nearest railway station is at Staplehurst.


Speldhurst is a village and civil parish in the borough of Tunbridge Wells in Kent, England. The parish is to the west of Tunbridge Wells: the village is 3 miles (5 km) west of the town.

Speldhurst has a primary school, a parish church, a general store with post office, a pub, a violin shop and a small business park. There is a residential care home for the elderly, Birchwood House, which was a former manor house with a rich history.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council elections

One third of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in Kent, England is elected each year, followed by one year without election. Since the last boundary changes in 2002, 48 councillors have been elected from 20 wards.

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