It is thus hardly surprising that the arrow that killed William Rufus a few years later in the New Forest was fired by Walter Tirel who was born in town as well as the Earl's in-law.It was soon afterwards taken again, this time by King John only a few months after the signing of the Magna Carta.Tonbridge School, the famous public school, was established in 1552 under letters patent of Edward VI, to educate the sons of local gentry and farmers (There was already a nearby school in existence for poorer boys, now Sevenoaks School.) During Queen Mary's reign Tonbridge was involved in an unsuccessful uprising against the Queen's marriage to the King of Spain, with 500 townspeople involved in the Battle of Hartley in 1554.A memorial to Margery Polly is on the green at Pembury.The town was recorded in the Domesday Book 1087 as Tonebrige, which may indicate a bridge belonging to the estate or manor (from the Old English tun), or alternatively a bridge belonging to Tunna, a common Anglo-Saxon man's name.Another theory suggests that the name is a contraction of "town of bridges", due to the large number of streams the High Street originally crossed.
"We were committed to presenting a scheme that reflects the views of the majority of the people who participated in the consultation events we held.
During the Civil War, the town was garrisoned by the Parliamentarian side who refortified the castle.
Royalist sympathisers made several attempts to take the town but were repulsed.
Plans for the re-development of the former ABC cinema site in Tunbridge Wells have been approved.
Councillors at a special meeting of the town’s planning committee on Tuesday gave the green light to a scheme from Altitude Real Estate.