The Case for a Decimus Burton Museum

Recently, members of the Society, together with members of the Royal Tunbridge Wells Civic Society visited two vacant council properties (9 & 10 Calverley terrace) that were designed by Decimus Burton as part of his Calverley New Town development.

Decimus Burton laid out the development plans for John Ward’s 56 acre estate in Tunbridge Wells in 1828, so that its residents could enjoy the same benefits as those who lived in the more famous Pantiles area of the town. In time, the development was to include Calverley Parade, Calverley Terrace, Calverley Park Crescent (with its 17 shops and residences above, including a Library and Royal Baths), Calverley Park Villas and Calverley Hotel in their idyllic park setting, Calverley Place, Calverley Cottages and the Victoria National School. The importance of the development to Burton’s career, and indeed the town’s history, cannot be stressed enough. Even at the time, it attracted sufficient attention to warrant Princess Victoria and her mother, The Duchess of Kent, attending the ceremony of the laying of the first stone at the school, of which Victoria was a patron and donor.

The Decimus Burton Society has prepared a paper, in consultation with the RTWCS to argue the case for developing the two buildings as The Decimus Burton Museum, with the potential that it could also house the headquarters of the Society. This is being presented to the council for consideration.

To find out more details on this project, click on the link to the paper: "The case for establishing the Decimus Burton Museum"

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