Carrying on research into the life of Edwardian author Sarah Grand while she was in Tunbridge Wells, here are two photos. A view out of the window of 5 Grove Hill Gardens, and a current shot of 10 Grove Hill Gardens. This website including an old sketch of Grove Hill by Charles Tattershall Dodd was found by a local resident; many other old pictures of the Weald area are also here. The lady who lives at no 5 told me the house was built in 1825.
While Sarah Grand is listed as living in the house in 1911 Pelton’s Directory, she is not on the 1911 census. On that night, the house of 14 rooms, is only occupied by Lucy Rogers, cook, servant, domestic, and Florence Burchett, house parlourmaid domestic. This possibly indicates that Sarah Grand was one of many ladies who chose to not be listed on the census at a time they were unable to vote, read more in this old newspaper article from 2011.
I would like to thank alot of Tunbridge Wells “Twitterati” for helping me with permission for photos and finding the old pictures. We are also told by the Museum that another picture is in the book Roger Farthing’s Pictorial History of Tunbridge Wells, showing how the gardens by Birdcage Walk were laid out before the Bowls Club was based here. Time to visit the library again!