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Re: Toad Rock, Rusthall Common, nr Royal Tunbridge Wells
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2016, 19:19:36 »
Whilst going through my small collection of Kent posrcards I found this one

Please excuse the purple surround,the cards are stuck into an old scrapbook.

To remain ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child......Cicero


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Re: Toad Rock, Rusthall Common, nr Royal Tunbridge Wells
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2012, 10:05:46 »
Aylwin Guilmant uses the same photo in his wonderful book Kent of One Hundred Years Ago 1992 (ISBN 0-7509-0156-X). With it he quotes the following:

On Rusthall Common is the famous Toad Rock, which is to Tunbridge Wells what Thorwaldsen's lion is to Lucerne [ ] Lucerne's lion emerged from the stone under the sculptor's mallet and chisel, but the Rusthall monster was evolved by natural processes, and is a toad only by courtesy. An inland rock is, however, to most English people so rare an object that Rusthall has almost as many pilgrims as Stonehenge. The Toad is free; the High Rocks, however, which are a mile distant, cannot be inspected by the curious for less than sixpence. One must pass through a turnstile before these wonders are accessible. Rocks in themselves have insufficient drawing power, as the dramatic critics say, a maze has been added, together with swings, arbors, a croquet lawn, and all the proper adjuncts of a natural phenomenon. The effect is to make the rocks appear more unreal than any rocks ever seen upon the stage.

Peter Shearan

A wonderful description, with that kick at the end. It reminds me of recently going to the Needles at the Isle of Wight ... and numerous other places.


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Toad Rock, Rusthall Common, nr Royal Tunbridge Wells
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2010, 20:44:44 »
Toad Rock is a natural rock formation which is said to look like a 'sitting toad', on an outcrop of sandstone. It became a popular tourist spot in Victorian times, after the railways came to Royal Tunbridge Wells in the mid 1800's.

Photograph from "Victorian & Edwardian Kent" by Aylwin Guilmant.


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