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HISTORY CANON EDWARD HOARE Vicar, Holy Trinity Church, Church Road Canon Edward Hoare was the leading fi gure in religious life in Tunbridge Wells for over 40 years, and as vicar of Holy Trinity Church from 1853, attracted large congregations, many of which came to the town specifi cally to hear him preach. Lord Dowding LORD DOWDING Air Chief Marshal 1 Calverley Park One of the town’s heroes, Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding lived at 1 Calverley Park. Lord Dowding was Commander-in- Chief of RAF Fighter Command from Tunbridge ware here. Humphrey Burrows and his son later manufactured and sold intricate ware from this house during the fi rst half of the 19th century. 1936 to 1940, including during the Battle of Britain, retiring to Tunbridge Wells until his death in 1970. DR JOHN MAYO Doctor, Mayo House A prominent medical doctor in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Dr John Mayo had his practice in this house. Mayo divided his time between London and Tunbridge Wells, and resided in the town permanently from 1817, until his death the following year. DECIMUS Decimus Burton BURTON Architect Victoria Lodge To the right as you enter this sandstone gateway to Calverley Park is Calverley Park Crescent, part of Decimus Burton’s ‘new town’. Burton became an architect of national importance during the 19th century, best known for his work in London’s Regent’s Park and Hyde Park. WILLIAM MAKEPEACE THACKERAY Novelist Thackeray’s Vanity Fair author William Makepeace Thackeray lodged and wrote in this tile-hung house, William Makepeace then called Thackeray Rock Villa. Staying at the house for an extended period, his works include an essay about Tunbridge Wells, and part of his novel The Virginians is set in the town. EDMUND NYE AND THOMAS BARTON Tunbridge ware producers The Chalet, 86 Mt Ephraim This building was the workshop of Nye and Barton, leading exponents of the Tunbridge ware souvenir industry for 58 years. Intricate wooden marquetry often depicting local places of interest, Tunbridge ware became popular in the 19th century. HUMPHREY BURROWS SR AND JR, Jordan House, 68 London Road, Tunbridge ware producers Jordan, a leading Baptist of the town, is thought to have made REV THOMAS BAYES Mathematician and non-conformist minister, 69 London Road The well-known mathematician and inventor of Bayesian statistics, Rev Thomas Bayes, lived in Tunbridge Wells for 30 years. His work is still used today in a wide range of applications, including the social sciences, ecology, computing and the justice system. LORD ROBERT BADEN POWELL Founder of the Scout movement 58 London Road Lord Baden Powell attended Rose Hill School, and later founded the Scout Movement. He fought in the Second Boer War in South Africa, maintaining links with Tunbridge Wells later in life, until his death Lord Robert in Kenya in 1941. Baden Powell EM FORSTER Novelist, 10 Earls Road The author of works like A Room with a View, A Passage to India and Howard’s End lived in Tunbridge Wells from 1898 to 1901 as a young man. He attended school in Tonbridge, where his name endures today at the EM Forster Theatre. QUEEN VICTORIA Hotel Du Vin What is now Hotel du Vin was remodelled by Decimus Burton in 1840 from Mount Pleasant House (later Calverley House). Mount Queen Victoria Pleasant House was a residence of the Duchess of Kent and Princess Victoria (later Queen Victoria) on their visits during the 1820s and 1830s. EM Forster