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Tonbridge Through Ten Centuries Paperback – 1 Mar 2015

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tonbridge Historical Society (27 Feb. 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0952356333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0952356332
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the 11th century, the town of Tonbridge in Kent, England, was a tiny settlement. By the end of the 20th it was home to more than 30,000 people. This richly-illustrated book explores the history of that remarkable transformation, as a compact castle-centred community grew into a substantial town in the course of ten centuries.
Among the topics covered are
-- the way the town's role has evolved: first an adjunct of the mighty castle, then a market centre for surrounding farms and villages, and eventually a 'dormitory town' much influenced by its proximity to London
-- the events, local and national, which influenced and sometimes disrupted local lives: feuding nobles, religious upheaval, rebellions and Civil War, disease and poverty, the two World Wars, and the enduring problem of flooding
-- the innovations in transport which brought new links to the outside world and stimulated commerce: the canalizing of the Medway, the creation of turnpikes, the coming of the railway, and the construction of new roads
-- the people and personalities who, individually and collectively, made a difference: the castle-building de Clares, the influential landowners, Georgian gentry, Victorian worthies and a number of notable writers, artists, scientists, sportsmen and war heroes
-- the changing layout and appearance of the town, with its mediaeval castle, church and fosse, its surviving timber-framed buildings, and the many later churches, schools, public buildings and housing estates we see today.
'many of its illustrations come from the Society's extensive pictorial and archive collections. The authors are members of the Society with varied experience in teaching, writing, lecturing and historical research.

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