A talk by Chris Jones, Curator, Salomons Museum, Southborough.
Most residents of Southborough will be aware of the Salomons estate: the
Victorian country house in picturesque grounds, with its grandiose stables,
and fascinating 'science theatre'. And they will probably know many of the
stories attached to the family who lived there: David Salomons, the first
Jewish Lord Mayor of London; David Lionel, pioneer of motoring and
electricity; and David Reginald, drowned in the 'Hythe' disaster in 1915
with more than eighty other local men. This talk will take a more low-key
approach, and seek to examine life at Salomons behind the headlines. It will
focus on the first David Salomons, and Jeannette, his wife for forty two
years. It will consider their interests and activities, their family
connections, and the house and garden that they created at Broomhill in the
1850s and 60s.
Chris Jones has been curator of the Salomons Museum since July
2017, but has lived in the area (Tunbridge Wells) for nearly forty years,
and has been interested in local history for most of that time.