Medieval Tonbridge Revealed, by Deborah Cole and the Tonbridge Historical Society

Medieval Tonbridge Revealed, by Deborah Cole and the Tonbridge Historical Society
Published by the Tonbridge Historical Society in 2021, 173 pages. Paperback (N8134)
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From the rear side cover: Tonbridge is a historic medieval town at least as old as William the Conqueror - that much is certain. Its medieval age is clearly seen in the golden sandstone walls of the castle and church, and the beautifully crafted timber frames of some of the houses. But medieval Tonbridge was much more than its buildings. Archaeologists and historians, past and present, have delved into the ground beneath our feet and into old manuscripts, to reveal lives lived in Tonbridge hundreds of years ago. In these pages you will meet the warrior and land hungry Clare lords of the castle and the mighty but debt-ridden Staffords who followed them.

Tonbridge's story is not only about the lords, however. You will also meet the canons of the priory and ordinary people such as John Hook the miller, Clementia Partridge the land holder, Master John the cook, John Dygonson the innkeeper, Thomas Judd the beadle, Ralph the candlemaker, Peter the forester, Agnes who lived by the bridge, and the boy who made the castle household soup. You will find out what they ate and drank, how they worshipped, how they made a living and worked the land, the animals they kept and how they were touched by war, rebellion, famine and plague...