Queen Victoria Rules Again
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Are you as hooked on the ITV drama Victoria as we are? We love the re-imagining of the personal life of the young Queen Victoria and her husband Prince Albert, played with the on screen sizzle of Jenna Cole and Tom Hughes. (Image rights: Thank you to ITV)
Royal Seal of Approval
Queen Victoria has an historic relationship with Tunbridge Wells, she frequently holidayed here as a Princess. She even gave her royal seal of approval to the local biscuit factory and kept a constant supply of Romary biscuits for decades! Jeremy at the Tunbridge Wells Museum can tell you all about it and show you the artefacts.
Putting the Royal in Royal Tunbridge Wells
Like many royals before her, Queen Victoria drank from the famous Chalybeate Spring that our Spa town is famous for and after her death, her son, Edward VII, gave our town the Royal tag to the make it Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Look up! There’s more than just the Dipper!
Next time you visit the Dipper in the Pantiles make sure you look up. The urns that adorn the top of the building are our very own Chalybeate Urns made by Chilstone! You can order one of your own.
Those Famous Pan Fired Tiles
The Pantiles, originally known as The Walks, became famous for the tiles made quickly in a pan to tile the muddy paths around the Chalybeate Spring that were commissioned after a young Prince slipped and fell over. Today the Pantiles are more than just the Dipper and the spring, with Farmers Markets, Jazz nights and the SEEART Gallery.
Victoriana Cast in Stone
Queen Victoria and the fashions of her era have been a huge influence on the town and on Chilstone. To commemorate her we have our Victoria Urn, which looks better and better and it weathers or painted!
Youngest Ever V&A Curator Uses Chilstone to Make a Statement
We also had the honour of working with Sir Roy Strong to build his famous Laskett Gardens. Sir Strong was the youngest curator at the V&A museum in London. To commemorate his time there, he customised a number of products from our range to create a lasting legacy in his garden, including a temple, to stone bench and pedestals.
Keeping History Alive
Victoriana is very much alive in Tunbridge Wells and in our range. Like ITV we are keeping a little bit of our history alive. Where and When Victoria is on ITV1 Sunday nights at 9pm and Chilstone is open on Fordcome Road 7 days a week! Both are not to be missed.