Borough of Tunbridge Wells

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Borough of Tunbridge Wells
Tunbridge Wells UK locator map.svg
Tunbridge Wells shown within Kent
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region South East England
Non-metropolitan county Kent
Status Non-metropolitan district
Admin HQ Royal Tunbridge Wells
Incorporated1 April 1974
  TypeNon-metropolitan district council
  Body Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
  Leadership Leader & Cabinet (Conservative)
   MPs Greg Clark
Helen Grant
  Total127.9 sq mi (331.3 km2)
Area rank125th (of 317)
 (mid-2018 est.)
  Rank197th (of 317)
  Density920/sq mi (360/km2)
95.1% White
1.4% S.Asian
1.1% Black
1.3% Mixed Race
1.0% Chinese or other
Time zone UTC0 (GMT)
  Summer (DST) UTC+1 (BST)
ONS code 29UQ (ONS)
E07000116 (GSS)
OS grid reference TQ5817739112

The Borough of Tunbridge Wells is a local government district and borough in Kent, England. It takes its name from its main town, Royal Tunbridge Wells.


The district was formed on 1 April 1974, by the merger of the municipal borough of Royal Tunbridge Wells along with Southborough urban district, Cranbrook Rural District and most of Tonbridge Rural District.

Description of borough


The borough of Tunbridge Wells lies along the south western border of Kent, partly on the northern edge of the Weald, the remainder on the Weald Clay plain in the upper reaches of the rivers Teise and Beult.

The North Weald area

The restricted area immediately to the north and west of Tunbridge Wells lies within the Weald. The presence of sandstone outcrops and the chalybeate springs, together with old workings, point to ancient iron manufacturing in the area.

Weald Clay plain

This plain is part of the so-called Garden of England, named for its extensive orchards and former hop farms, sheep and cattle. A string of villages lies across this plain, from Brenchley and Horsmonden to Benenden and Headcorn.


Borough organisation


In the 2016 European Union referendum, Tunbridge Wells was the only district in Kent that voted to remain in the EU (54.89%).

Places of interest

Apart from Tunbridge Wells itself, places of interest in the Borough include:

See also

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