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Tunbridge Wells (borough)

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Borough of Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells
Shown within Kent
Geography
Status:Borough
Region:South East England
Admin. County:Kent
Area:
- Total
Ranked 148th
331.33 km²
Admin. HQ:Tunbridge Wells
ONS code:29UQ
Demographics
Population:
- Total (2003 est.)
- Density
Ranked 211th
104,626
316 / km²
Ethnicity:97.5% White
Politics
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/
Leadership:Leader & Cabinet
Executive:Conservative
MPs:Greg Clark, Ann Widdecombe

Tunbridge Wells is a local government district and borough in Kent, England. It takes its name from its main town, Royal Tunbridge Wells.

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Description of borough

Location

The borough of Tunbridge Wells lies along the south eastern border of Kent, partly on the northern edge of the Weald, the remainder on the Weald Clay plain in the upper reaches of the rivers Teise and Beult.

The North Weald area

The area immediately to the north and west of Tunbridge Wells lies within the Weald. The presence of sandstone outcrops here, and the chalybeate springs, together with old workings, point to ancient iron manufacturing. Roads in the area run through heavily wooded country, even today.

Weald Clay plain

This plain is part of the so-called Garden of England, since its extensive orchards and one-time hop farms, its sheep and cattle, have given rise to that name. A string of villages lies across this plain, from Brenchley and Horsmonden to Benenden and Headcorn.

Communications

  • Roads Most roads within the Borough, apart from a handful of main north-south highways, are narrow and winding: The Rolling English Road of Chesterton's poem.

Borough organisation

Tunbridge Wells Borough is organised into wards. Eight wards are within Royal Tunbridge Wells itself: Culverden; Pantiles & St Marks; Park; Rusthall; Sherwood; St James' and St John's. The remainder are rural wards covering the other main towns and villages: in some instances two villages are in one ward.

Rural wards

Places of interest

Apart from Tunbridge Wells itself, places of interest in the Borough include:

- and rock-climbing at High Rocks, 2 miles west of Tunbridge Wells

External links

The Borough website (http://www.tunbridgewells.gov.uk)

no:Tunbridge Wells (distrikt)


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