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Royal Tunbridge Wells spring runs dry

The Chalybeate Spring, which gave the Kent spa town of Tunbridge Wells its name, has run dry for what is believed to be the first time in 400 years.

The town normally employs "dippers" dressed in traditional costume to dispense the iron-rich waters to tourists - but they have had to shut up shop.

The waters have dwindled to a trickle before and then returned but the reason for their current disappearance is a mystery.

BBC South East Today's Robin Gibson spoke to cafe owner Luke Paine and tour guide Martha Elles-Hill.

  • 26 Jun 2014
  • From the section Kent
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