Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells was the nom de plume of a prolific writer of letters to the “Thunderer” – the London Times – during the first half of the 20th century. His alias became almost as widely known as the title of the Fleet Street newspaper itself, and was synonymous with diatribe. He delivered scathing attacks on organisations and individuals that came to his ultra-critical attention.
He was self opinionated and convinced of his own infallibility. He was the quintessential Englishman. But what marks him out in particular is that, despite being regularly published, he was never identified, and his real name remains a mystery to this day. He was simply “Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells”.
Popular opinion was that he was a retired Colonel of the Indian Army who had subsequently held high office in the Civil Service, hence the fact that the Times editor agreed to allow him anonymity. He was of course, the ideal candidate for retirement in Tunbridge Wells That he is by now long gone to his final resting place is without doubt. But his spirit lives on.
We wil publish email letters on this site which follow the standard set by our illustrious mentor. It will be comment on an issue of national or world wide importance which has thoroughly got up the nose of the writer. It will be acerbic or indeed contemptuous, but knowledgeable, well researched, and well written. It will express disgust but not be disgusting.
Only correspondents who live or work – or go to school – in Tunbridge Wells and its environs will be acceptable, and you will be asked to give your name and address. The precedent of anonymity will be honoured by this editor and the actual writer will not be identified, if requested. You will be the personification of Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells. Your satisfaction will be that a great English tradition lives on.
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The Editor. April 23rd 2006 – St George’s Day
I was disgusted with him and if I had an opportunity, should have been glad to tell him so. “Moon and Sixpence”
by W SOMERSET MAUGHAM 1874-1965