In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Tonbridge like this:
Tunbridge.-- town and par. with ry. sta. (Tunbridge Junction), Kent, on river Medway, 29½ miles SE. of London by rail - par., 15,378 ac., pop. 35,919; town, 1200 ac., pop. 9317; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 2 newspapers. Tunbridge is a quiet country town, surrounded by hop gardens; it has the ruins of a castle, a handsome parish church, a richly endowed grammar school (at which Sir Sidney Smith was educated), a new public hall, and a manufactory of Tunbridge ware.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Tonbridge has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Tonbridge and Malling. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Tonbridge and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Tonbridge, in Tonbridge and Malling and Kent | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 11th December 2013
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