Mereworth shown within Kent
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Mereworth is a village near the town of Maidstone in Kent, England. The Wateringbury Stream flows through the village and powered a watermill, the site of which now lies within the grounds of Mereworth Castle.
Mereworth is pronounced as 'Merry-worth'.
In the early 18th century the Honourable John Fane - later 7th Earl of Westmoreland - inherited the manor. He had the Palladian mansion built. Designed by Colen Campbell, Mereworth Castle then overlooked the village, so Fane had the village moved so that it couldn't be seen from the estate, about 1/2 mile to the north west of its original location. He also demolished the church, providing the villagers with a new Palladian style replacement, now devoted to St Lawrence. Mereworth church is a grade I listed building.
- Dominick Browne (1901-2002), 2nd Baron Mereworth, lived at Mereworth Castle until 1930.
- Geoffrey Browne, 3rd Baron Oranmore and Browne (1861-1927), 2nd Baron Mereworth, lived at Mereworth Castle.
- Francis Fane (1580-1629), peer, lived at Mereworth Castle.
- John Fane (1685-1762), nobleman, built the present Mereworth Castle.
- Richard Hosmer (1757-1820), cricketer, was born in Mereworth.
- Charles Lucas VC (1834-1914), Rear-Admiral, is buried in the churchyard of Mereworth Church and was the first person to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
- Clarence Henry Warren (1895-1966), countryside writer and author of "A Boy in Kent" (ISBN=9780862991371), brought up in the village
- Mereworth Sound, British Columbia, Canada
Media related to Mereworth at Wikimedia Commons
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