This is a purchase from e-Bay and, with the bath chairs and carriages, is a great historical scene. I have a couple of versions of this card, this one was posted on 18th August 1914 and published by The Photochrom Company Ltd of London and Tunbridge Wells. The card is in the Celesque series. The road running down hill is London Road, Mount Ephraim is the road along the top of the Common.
Here is a monochrome card of the same location and from a slightly different angle, giving a fine view of the lamp posts and bath chairs!
This one shows Mount Ephraim looking from the London Road side of the Common; the card was posted in 1912. The spire of Emmanuel Church (now demolished) is visible in the top right corner. I haven't ever seen sheep on the Common myself! London Road can be seen on the top right hand side, running downhill.
Here is a similar view painted by A R Quinton of the view of Tunbridge Wells from Mount Ephraim. It is number 1416 in the series published by Salmon of Sevenoaks.
Here is a second view painted by A R Quinton, this time No. 1415. There is a photograph of this view, here, and an attempt at recreating it in 2005 in my Photograph Album.
Here is another (rather grubby!) Salmon card, No. 857, posted in 1917, this time painted by F W Burton.
This image is from an old photograph, from the late 19th century I would estimate, showing Mount Ephraim looking north from the top of London Road. The legend over the first window reads "Hair cutter". The next shop along sells horse saddles and harness.
The next view, number 70 by Louis Levy, is from a similar location - the three bow fronts can be tied into the ones in the picture above, although much else appears to have changed. The spire of the long demolished Emmanuel Church dominates the skyline.
Along from the position shown above, towards the junction with Grosvenor Road and St John's Road, is the Kent and Sussex Hospital. Here is a view of the rear of the building, with the spire of the long demolished Emmanuel Church to the left. The area behind the hospital is now covered in hospital buildings.
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