Britain By Car - A Motoring History

David Salomons' House & the Salomons' Museum

The home of a major motoring pioneer

Location
Broomhill Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 0TG

Date
1873 - 1925

Commentary
David Lionel Salomons inherited the Broomhill estate from his uncle (Sir David Salomons) in 1873.

Mr Salomons, the younger, had a keen interest in science, photography and engineering.  He was an accomplished motor mechanic and is credited with introducing the motor car to Great Britain.  He also organised the UK’s first motor show at nearby Showfields.

In 1900, David Salomons converted the estate stables into purpose-built garages, which remain today, close to their original form.

Today, the house and estate, now known as Salomons, are owned by Canterbury Christ Church University, and the museum is open to the public.