Mount Edgcumbe is a small road at the north end of the Common. This card is number 145 in the Wells Series produced by H Camburn of Tunbridge Wells. The Opera House is just visible beneath the tree on the right.
A lovely view across Tunbridge Wells Common, on a summer Sunday afternoon. Much of the Common is now rather overgrown and I doubt it would be possible to obtain a view like this. The card is postally unused and published by The Photochrom Company Ltd of London and Tunbridge Wells. The card is in the Celesque series.
This view of the Wellington Rocks (which are in front of the Wellington Hotel) is from a card printed in Saxony. It would appear to be in the same series as the one below, which was posted in 1908.
The Pulpit rocks, Tunbridge Wells Common.
This picture of the Common is by the Artist A Q Quinton, No. 3373 in the series published by J Salmon of Sevenoaks. It shows the London road in rather more leisurely days, with the spire of St Mark's Church, Broadwater Down in the background and Rock Gibraltar on the right.
Here is another A R Quinton view, this time No. 1213 in the series.
This card, No. 50 published by LL, shows the cottage on Rock Gibraltar and the same rocks, from the other side of the trees. Holy Trinity Church dominates the background, with the spire of St Peter's in the distance. There is another view from this location here.
This view of the Common at the back of the Pantiles is from an LL postcard from the beginning of the 20th century. The old forge is visible on the extreme right (demolished in the 1930s). Today the view is very different, with trees and shrubs now replacing much of the open land. I suspect it has been many years since cows grazed here! The elm trees succumbed to Dutch elm disease in 1977, although new trees are gradually re-growing to replace them.
Here is another LL card, this time number 62. It shows the view looking from Mount Empraim, over the cricket pitch towards Broadwater - the spire of St Mark's church is visible.
I also have pictures of the Queen's Grove on the Common, here, and other pictures of the common in winter, here.
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