Because of the large amount of water in Grosvenor and Hilbert Park (top photo) I’ve been along to a few meetings of another town group ‘Water in the Wells’. Our water in Grosvenor is all spring fed, and the park is located on former water reservoirs for the town. As well as this lake, we have many springs, streams and boggy areas. It’s possible parts of the park resemble the Pantiles area as it was in 1606; there ran the River Grom and a chalybeate spring, from which Lord North drank after a night out partying. This spring is the basis of the whole Spa town – the Wells of Tonbridge.
The aim of ‘Water in the Wells’ is to make us all more aware of our watery heritage, by making the most of what we already have (Brighton Lake, Dunorlan Lake, Grosvenor Lake, Sherwood Lake, Pantiles Spring) and encouraging the addition of water in the landscaping of new developments (eg on the former Kent and Sussex Hospital site). The group is an off-shoot of ‘The Town Forum’ and those attending meetings are generally involved with other Friends and Town groups.
Our Council are currently looking at de-cluttering Five Ways (bottom photo) and a suggestion has been made that water is added into this key-central location, maybe with a shallow water flowing over an improved base to the clock. This area is becoming our ‘Coffee Corner’ and could be a great top of the town meeting piazza to complement the Pantiles at the bottom of the town.
‘Water in the Wells’ is slowly getting established, and is looking for a logo that will embrace springs, wells, lakes and fountains, as well as the cultural past of Royal Tunbridge Wells. If you fancy having a go – comment in the box below and I’ll pass on your details!