The architectural history of Tonbridge

Tonbridge was an important town in the medieval period and has a rich architectural history, with buildings of every century from 1100 onwards. These include the castle, church and school and numerous houses before 1800, of which Somerhill is the outstanding example. There is also an interesting legacy of Victorian and later buildings from the town's rapid expansion after the arrival of the railway. In this illustrated talk Paul Britton will describe how Tonbridge developed based on about 100 photographs of the town's best buildings.

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Event Date 11-05-2022 8:00 pm
Location St Luke's Church Hall


Sir Paul Britton

Sir Paul Britton CB CVO is a retired civil servant. He served in various departments in the period 1971-97, chiefly the Department of the Environment, where he was, successively, Director of Local Government Finance and Director of Sustainable Development. Between the latter date and 2016, he worked mostly in the Cabinet Office where he was Director General for Domestic Policy and Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet 2001-09. Taking partial retirement in 2009, he was Appointments Secretary to the Prime Minister until 2016. He is now deputy chair of Mind and a trustee of various other charities.

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