Thomas Read Kemp

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Thomas Read Kemp (December 23, 1782 – December 20, 1844) was an English property developer and politician. He was the son of Sussex landowner Thomas Kemp, whose farmhouse in Brighton was rented by the Prince of Wales in 1786.

Drawing of Kemp by Sir Thomas Lawrence.

He conceived and developed the Regency-style Kemp Town estate in Brighton on the south coast of England. He was Member of Parliament for Lewes from 1811–16 and 1826–37 and for Arundel 1823–26. He fled Britain in 1837 to escape his creditors and died in Paris in 1844. He is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery.

In 1805, Kemp graduated in theology at Cambridge University. He married Frances Baring, daughter of Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt. by Harriet Herring, the following year. They had four sons and six daughters. She died during childbirth in 1825 and was buried at St. Nicholas's Church.

A tablet was erected to his memory at St Nicholas's Church next to his wife's.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Henry Shelley
Thomas Kemp
Member of Parliament for Lewes
With: Henry Shelley 1811–1812
George Shiffner 1812–1816
Succeeded by
George Shiffner
John Shelley
Preceded by
Viscount Bury
Robert Blake
Member of Parliament for Arundel
With: Viscount Bury
Succeeded by
Edward Lombe
John Atkins
Preceded by
John Shelley
George Shiffner
Member of Parliament for Lewes
With: John Shelley 1826–1831
Charles Richard Blunt 1831–1837
Succeeded by
Charles Richard Blunt
Henry Fitzroy