Monuments & Statues in Royal Tunbridge Wells

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Monuments & Statues in Royal Tunbridge Wells

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  • user123456
    United Kingdom1,656 contributions
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    Walking through the town centre you're highly likely to pass this tribute. It's one you'll need to stand at, and really look at to learn who it's standing for. Rushing past you'll be none the wiser.
    I didn't push to see the names on this visit, out of respect for others who were seeking loved ones.
    Written 8 February 2023
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  • Geoff H
    Cranbrook, UK12,175 contributions
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    Erected in 1920 and dedicated on 19 November 1920, Lamberhurst Village War Memorial is situated on School Hill, on the bank opposite to the former school where many of the fallen in World War I would have spent their boyhood days. The Memorial is a simple Celtic cross on a rough hewn plinth and raised dais. On it are listed the names of he 37 fatalities from the First World War; to which, at a later date, were added the names of the ten fatalities from the Second World War. Of those who fell in the First World War there are, at least, two sets of brothers. Lance Corporal Alban Bailey was aged 28 when he was killed in action on 11 August 1918. His brother, Private Carl Bailey, was killed in action two years earlier on 2 September 1916 when he was aged 26. Private Albert Manktelow was aged 37 when he was killed in action on 1 November 1916. His younger brother,Rifleman Frederick Manktelow, was aged 33 when he was killed in action on 16 August 1917. On the day I visited the Memorial there were a number of pebbles on it. According to an Eastern European folklore belief, stones and rocks were placed on a gravestone to prevent the deceased from rising up and escaping the body as a spirit to return to their family and cause trouble, or to torment others. It is also a Jewish custom to place a stone or a pebble on a headstone to indicate that you have visited the grave and to indicate reaspect for the deceased. Today, leaving a stone is viewed more as a tradition of remembrance. Hopefully, that is why the pebbles were placed on the Memorial, rather than following the Eastern European folklore!
    Written 3 March 2020
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  • Geoff H
    Cranbrook, UK12,175 contributions
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    The Portland stone, cenotaph-style Pembury War Memorial was dedicated in September 1921 by Rev H Sinclair Brooke. Rev. Brooke would have known many of the Pembury men who gave their lives in the First World War because he had been the Vicar of Pembury for the twenty years rom 1898 to 1918. The Memorial stands 16 feet high and the original cost was £365.19s.4d (£365.97). The names of the 49 fatalities from the First World War were originally engraved on a stone plaque but, after Pembury suffered 17 fatalities in the Second World War, it was decided that there would bed two matching bronze plaques. As these bronze plaques tarnished over the years and as there were eight misspelt names and as a request had been received to add a further World War I fatality, in 2018 new stone plaques were engraved. These plaques were in position, and the Memorial refurbished, in time for Remembrance Sunday on 11 November 2018; the Centenary of the cessation of the First World War. The Memorial, however, gives the dates of the First World War as being 1914 to 1919. 1919 is not a mistake. Although Germany had formally surrendered on 11 November 2018, on 28 June 2019 Germany and the Allied Nations (including Britain, France, Italy and Russia) signed the Treaty of Versailles, formally ending the First World War.
    Written 20 February 2020
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  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, UK16,723 contributions
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    At the Mount Pleasant Road entrance into Calverley Grounds in Royal Tunbridge Wells there is a simple memorial to Air Chief Marshal H C T Dowding. Hugh Dowding was the Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Air Force's Fighter Command from 1936 to 1940 and is regarded, by many, to have been instrumental in thwarting Adolf Hitler's plans to invade Britain during the Second World War. Hugh Dowding died at his home in Royal Tunbridge Wells on 15 February 1970, aged 87. Although only a simple memorial, it is in a beautiful setting and well worth seeking out.
    Written 24 October 2021
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  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, UK16,723 contributions
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    Situated in the less formal part (where dogs can run free) of Dunorlan Gardens is a memorial which is certainly worth seeking out. This is the Victoria Cross Grove which commemorates ten men associated with Royal Tunbridge Wells and who were awarded the Victoria Cross.. The 21 oak trees forming the grove were planted during the winter months of 1994/1995 and were dedicated on 8 May 1945; the 50th anniversary of VE Day. At the bootom end of the grove there is a memorial sculpture containing extracts from "Remembrance", a poem by Andrew Motion. This memorial was unveiled on 13 October 2006; that year being both the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross and the town's 400th anniversary.
    Written 29 July 2022
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  • Geoff H
    Sissinghurst, UK16,723 contributions
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    It's not often that you find anything interesting to look at in a hospital car par but, on the access path from the car park to the entrance at Pembury Hospital in Tunbridge Wells, there are two interesting monuments. The first is a war memorial commemorating the work done, and care given, by the Voluntary Aid Detachments and hospital staff who looked after both military and civilians injured in both the First World War and the Second World War. The second is the Foundation Stone of the Kent and Sussexm Hospital dedicated by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of York (who later became Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother) in 1932. Underneath this Foundation Stone was a time capsule which came to light when that hospital closed. When Pembury Hospital was opened in 2013, a new time capsule was buried under the Foundation Stone in its new position. I just wonder when that time capsule will, again, see the light of day.
    Written 4 February 2023
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