Category Archives: Reflections

Belgians in Southborough: by Fiona Brown

In 1914 Southborough was quite a small village, separated by three miles of open country from the more elegant Tunbridge Wells but very much connected to High Brooms with its Brick Works and Railway station.  I am fascinated by the significant … Continue reading

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The Club Albert: by Jan Wright

In November 1914, Belgian Refugees in Tunbridge Wells decided to form a club.  They were able to use premises at 32 Calverley Road which belonged to the Constitutional Club, on the first and second floor where Waterstones and Hotter are … Continue reading

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Wounded Belgian Heroes in Tonbridge, 1914: by Pam Mills

Following the Siege of Antwerp, many Belgians fled for their lives coming to the UK. On 16th October 1914, a ‘special’ Ambulance train arrived at Tonbridge Station in the early hours of the morning carrying several wounded Belgian soldiers & … Continue reading

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Housing the Refugees: by Anne Logan

The most basic necessity for the Belgian refugees when they arrived in the UK was a place to live. Families for example needed to find somewhere to stay where their children could be educated nearby. Some refugees were fortunate enough … Continue reading

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Mayor Charles Emson: by Anne Carwardine

When Charles Emson died in 1936, the Kent & Sussex Courier’s obituary described him thus: Tall, upright and of striking appearance, Mr Emson commanded the respect and highest esteem of everyone associated with the social and governing life of the … Continue reading

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The Suffragist Clothing Depot: by Anne Carwardine

From 1906 onwards, Tunbridge Wells was home to an extraordinarily active Votes for Women campaign. The largest and busiest organisation in town was the local branch of the NUWSS (the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies) whose non-militant members were … Continue reading

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The ‘Scott’ Album: by Alison MacKenzie

  Invitation to the Misses SCOTT for the event on 22 July 1916 (Photograph ©Alison MacKenzie 2013) On 22nd July 1916, the Belgian Colony of Tunbridge Wells celebrated their National Day (21st July) by honouring the ladies of the Mayor’s … Continue reading

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Making a database from the refugees’ forms: by Jan Wright

The task I had was to compile a database of all those Belgian refugees who signed the Club Albert album presented to the Misses Scott in July 1916.  The aim is to provide a snapshot for statistical purposes of Belgian … Continue reading

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Extracting detail from newspapers on http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk: by Caroline Auckland

  Following on from the Weekes advertisement for British Toys for British & Belgian Children, I continued to study the rest of the newspaper (Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 27 November 1914) to see what else could be found relating … Continue reading

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Week One: First thoughts: by Caroline Auckland

The Belgian Refugees in Tunbridge Wells: A Weekly Diary by Caroline Auckland The very first thing I decided to do after joining this community project was turn to the written past. We had been asked to think about what we … Continue reading

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