Sort file:- Tunbridge Wells, March, 2021.

Page Updated:- Sunday, 07 March, 2021.


Earliest 1937

(Name from)

Lord Cornwallis

Demolished 1990-

Eridge Road

Royal Tunbridge Wells

Lord Cornwallis 1937

Above drawing 1937.

Lord Cornwallis opening 1937

Above advert, says the following:- Ladies and Gentleman.


Right on the boundary of Kent and Sussex stands a fine new inn, "THE LORD CORNWALLIS." Owned by Messrs. Frederick Leney & Sons (an associated company of Whitbread & Co. Ltd.), "THE LORD CORNWALLIS," fully licensed, combines comfort with brightness. Come and see this delightful inn - which sells Whitbread's Ale and Stout as well as Kentish brewed beers - and bring or meet your friends here.

"THE LORN CORNWALLIS," in Royal Tunbridge Wells, is situated on the edge of the beautiful Common, only two minutes from the Pantiles and a few seconds from the Southern Railway Station. There is plenty of parking space for cars.


Lord Cornwallis 1981

Above photo 1981, kindly sent by Mick White.

Above photo, date unknown. The "Lord Cornwallis" was created out of one end of the "Carlton Hotel" and was demolished to make road improvements above photo shows what’s left of what was the "Carlton Hotel" and the site of the "Lord Cornwallis," i.e. the road.

Lord Cornwallis location 2016

Above Google image, July 2016.


Kent & Sussex Courier, Friday 30 April 1937.




The old order changeth, and so does the construction of Inns and hotels in the towns and countryside. Gradually, but very noticeably, they are departing from the pseudo-ancient taverns of comparatively recent construction. In which anachronism and picturesque discomfort were passed on to the public as being in keeping with Inns of long ago, for houses to be constructed with definite architectural features and with a bright and pleasing atmosphere both inside and out. A change similar to this has taken place at the old "Carlton Hotel," Eridge-road, Tunbridge Wells, which in future will be known as the "Lord Cornwallis." In this latest enterprise of Messrs. Fredk. Leney and Sons. Ltd., the well-known Wateringbury brewers, who are an associated company of Messrs. Whitbreads, a moderation in its modernism has, however, kept its lay-out and furnishing In good taste, and by this means it is intended to supply the needs of the older taverner and "the bright young things" alike.
Just two minutes from the Pantiles, on the edge of a Common of rare beauty, a minute from the West Station, and on the main road, this modernised inn should form a pleasant and valuable link between the two old counties of Kent and Sussex. The "Lord Cornwallis," a fully licensed house, has been erected on the site of the old "Carlton Hotel," and it is fitting that it should have taken its present name, as it is the first house within the border which runs along the back of the premises.


The family of Captain the Right Hon. Lord Cornwallis. M.C.. D.L. J.P.. has endeared Itself in the domain of which his late father was popularly called "The Squire," and, familiar as they are to Kentish folk. It is hardly necessary to recount Lord Cornwallis' achievements as soldier, county cricketer and successor of an illustrious father, but it will probably interest a wider public to know that amongst the many activities with which Lord Cornwallis is connected may be mentioned the Association of Men of Kent and Kentish Men, of which he is president; the Junior Imperial League; the British Legion; County Agricultural Society, etc.; whilst his service to the public is no less enthusiastic on the boards of various local government bodies with which he has been connected for some years, notably perhaps the Kent County Council, of which he was chairman In 1935. Outstanding amongst the many honours conferred upon his as a Freemason is his succession to the late Lord Cornwallis as Provincial Grand Master of Kent, 1936.

Of the new house it may be said that its noteworthy feature is the name, as, in permitting his name and arms to be used. Its patron has carried out a custom dating back to the very first of our inn-signs, his family, and himself in particular, having always taken the greatest interest in the people and affairs of their county.


Messrs. Leney’s association with Tunbridge Wells is a very old one, and they have had a house of refreshment on this spot for many years. To those interested in the historic situations and associations of inns, the county boundary there was probably the spot at which Dudley Lord North discovered the famous Chalybeate waters in 1607, an earlier legend surrounds the origin of the mineral springs, that of St. Dunstan of Mayfield and the Devil, and this has provided an inter-subject for the decorative frieze which runs round the top of the room forming the public bar. This frieze was executed in tempera by Major V. H. Seymer. D.S.O., and shows the beginnings of the Wells in entertaining and concise form, and as an example of history is well worth seeing.

The public bar is panelled in grey-stain oak, divided by stained orange strips, with counter and shelving to match. The private bar, very snug and comfortable, and really private. Is decorated in similar style of panelling and furnished with complete comfort.


The saloon bar provides a decorative effect of outstanding charm in its unusual lay-out. panelling, etc. The chequer-board pattern of the panels in this bar has been carried out in sycamore and walnut, finished with red strip, and around the door openings, edges of counter, hood and bar counter strips of stainless steel set off the whole, which is pleasing as well as bizarre. An electric clock with chromium bosses in place of figures strikes perhaps the most modern note in the room, the only decorations being a portrait of Lord Cornwallis, a picture of the late Lord Cornwallis with the Linton Beagles in the 45th year of his Mastership, and a bronze tablet commemorating the opening of Kent's newest hostelry.

Lord Cornwallis guests 1937

At an informal gathering on Monday evening, preceding the opening on Tuesday, a large number of guests were present for the house-warming, including a very representative assembly of Tunbridge Wells townspeople. The guests were cordially received by Mr. J. E. Martineau, managing director of Messrs. Whitbreads, and John Marchant, managing director of Messrs. Leney and Sons. Both Lord Cornwallis and Sir Adrian Baillie, M.P., were unable to attend.

Mr. MARTINEAU expressed the hope that the visitors liked the house and that they would visit on other occasions. It had been another attempt to carry out the policy of the Company of giving the public better and more comfortable facilities for refreshment. Those who knew the old "Carlton" would see that there had been a great improvement, and that it was more modem and convenient.

Excellent arrangements had been made for the guests.


Sevenoaks Chronicle and Kentish Advertiser, Friday 07 July 1950.

A Beefeater for 21 years.

Kent hotel landlord at Royal inspection.

MR. H. J. Pursey, landlord of the "Lord Cornwallis Hotel," Eridge-road, Tunbridge Wells, has been a Beefeater (member of the King's Yeoman of the Guard) for 21 years.

And on Tuesday he was one of the 80 Yeomen who came from all parts of the country to Buckingham Palace for the King's first post-war inspection of his bodyguard.

For 22 years, from 1900, Mr. Pursey served in the Grenadier and Welsh Guards. During the 1939-45 war he was in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment for two years, leaving with the rank of warrant officer.

Mr. Pursey has had the "Lord Cornwallis" for the last 4 1/2 years, and before that he was landlord of the "George and Dragon Hotel," Speldhurst, for 13 years.


Whitbread sign.

Lord Cornwallis card 1955Lord Cornwallis card 1955

Above card issued March 1955. Sign series 4 number 23.


I am informed that the pub was demolished between 1987 and 1990 to make way for a roundabout for a new Sainsburys.



TOOTH Albert John 1938+

Last pub licensee had PURSEY H L Mr 1946-50+


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