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King Charles the Martyr was the first permanent building in Tunbridge Wells. Thomas Neale, entrepreneur and London builder, saw the commercial possibilities of the town so he purchased the site of the springs and the area now called the Pantiles, and assisted with a scheme to design and build a chapel which, beyond its devotional function, would serve additionally as an assembly room or temporary shelter from the weather.

Having been modified over the years, its still a very impressive building, housing a very ornate ceiling and some amazing timbers making up the roof as you can see in the photos below.