Tunbridge Wells (GB)

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820 PO numeral
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Royal Tunbridge Wells (often shortened to Tunbridge Wells) is a large town and Borough in west Kent, England, about 40 miles (64 km) south-east of central London by road, 34.5 miles (55.5 km) by rail. The town is close to the border of the county of East Sussex. It is situated at the northern edge of the High Weald, the sandstone geology of which is exemplified by the rock formations at the Wellington Rocks and High Rocks.

The town came into being as a spa in the Restoration period and had its heyday as a tourist resort under Beau Nash when the Pantiles and its chalybeate spring attracted visitors who wished to take the waters. Though its popularity waned with the advent of sea bathing, the town remains popular and derives some 30% of its income from the tourist industry.

Name variations & the two towns of Tunbridge and Tonbridge Tonebrige, Tonebricge, Tunbryega, Tonebrugga, Tunbryega,Tunbridge Tunbridge-Town and Tunbridge-Wells or Tonbridge-Town and Tonbridge-Wells. Are all historical names for the two town of Tonbridge/Tunbridge. To help stop any confusion they settled on calling one Tonbridge and one Tunbridge to distinguish the two towns apart. Tonbridge is situated 4½ miles north of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Tonbridge was allocated the PO numeral 818 whilst Tunbridge was given the 820 numeral, later the Wells form would come into being with the later addition of Royal added much later.

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Tunbridge Wells[edit]

Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Post Town by 1775

Money Order Office 1 October 1792
Numeral 820 allocated 1844
Savings Bank 10 March 1862
Telegraph Office 1870. Code used TW

BO replaced by ‘Grove Hill’ 5 June 1991

then by Royal Tunbridge Wells FPO 27 March 1993

Royal Tunbridge Wells FPO Closed 19 June 2005

‘Tunbridge Wells PO Essentials’ at 83 High St opened 27 November 2008

1846 Cover to Tunbridge Wells numeral 820, with TONBRIDGE spelling on reverse
Reverse of Tunbridge Wells cover
Jan 2, 1953
TUNBRIDGE WELLS Wavy Line Cancel used to cancel 6d QEII 64th Parlimentary Air Mail and Wilding commemorative issue on its first day of sale.
TUNBRIDGE WELLS KENT Rubber cancel - 20th July 1963 Postal cover commemorating 10 years of the Newlands Road Philatelic Society.
TUNBRIDGE WELLS 820 Numeral 1844 type.

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Pre-stamp to 1899 1900-1999 2000-Present
Post Office under Tunbridge Wells by 24 December 1842

Money Order Office 2 April 1860
Savings Bank 23 December 1861
Telegraph Office 1870. Code used TFS

No change Closed 14 February 2000
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