When Cathe and John Wheatman moved into their generously proportioned Victorian town house four-and-a-half years ago they were only the third family to live in it, since it was built in 1870. 

That must be a pretty rare record – but it doesn’t seem so surprising in the very special little enclave where the house is situated. It’s in the esteemed borough of Royal Tunbridge Wells, but has an atmosphere all of its own, tucked away on a ‘dead end’ street – meaning dead end in the good sense that you can’t drive along it and hook up to another road, so it’s a destination in itself, not somewhere to blindly pass through en route to somewhere else.

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