Hello, Tonbridge.

Hello, Tonbridge.
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They don’t come much more distinctive than Tonbridge, with its trademark supine brow and sharp keyhole bridge.

Tonbridge’s unusual silhouette is inspired by the spectacles of literary giants from the 50s and 60s, and those of one rather iconic playwright in particular: Arthur Miller.

Miller is best known for plays like The Crucible and A View from the Bridge - Tonbridge, see what we did there? - as well as After the Fall, a thinly-veiled account of his troubled marriage to Marilyn Monroe, who just happened to inspire our last frame, Lavina.

Tonbridge actually takes its name from Tonbridge Street, a quiet street lined with red brick mansion blocks, tucked away behind the Euston Road.

It forms the north-eastern edge of the Skinners’ Estate, built by Sir Andrew Judd, former Lord Mayor of London and master of the Worshipful Company of Skinners, who hailed from Tonbridge in Kent.

On its west side the Tonbridge Houses can be found, built in 1904 by our old friends the East End Dwellings Company (of Tankerton Street fame). Towards the north end of the street sit the Queen Alexandra Mansions, a period block dating back to 1912 which has, over the years, been home to Kenneth Williams, Glaswegian comic actor Stanley Baxter, and modernist landscape painter Paul Nash.

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Images by Tian Khee Siong.