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village signThe next Parish Council meeting will be held on Tuesday 23 October 2018 in the village hall at 7.pm.  This will be followed by the Planning meeting.  Please note new start time of 7pm for Parish Council meetings

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‘Battles Over’ – Commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War – Beacon of Light at 7pm in Mereworth – see events diary for details -11   November 2018

 

Mereworth lies in the Medway Valley between Maidstone and Tonbridge.  The village is in the Metropolitan Green Belt and much of it is a Conservation Area. 

St Lawrence’s Church is a handsome classical building with an eye-catching steeple, and there are many listed buildings in the main street (The Street) and Butchers Lane.  The former Globe petrol filling station, more recently a motorcycle business, is also in The Street.

There is one pub/restaurant – The Moody Mare, in Seven Mile Lane.

Mereworth Primary School is located in The Street

Mereworth – a brief history

MEREWORTH derives from Mýra’s wort, or homestead, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book 1086 as belonging to Hamo, a Norman nobleman. Among information recorded then there were 28 villagers, a church and two mills.

Sir John de Mereworth fought at Edward III’s siege and capture of Calais in 1347 and the Nevill family owned Mereworth and much of the surrounding area throughout the middle ages.

Their descendant John Fane, 7th Earl of Westmorland, rebuilt their castle in the style of an Italian villa in 1722-25, and the church in 1744-46, both regarded as among the pre-eminent buildings of their period.

Still largely agricultural, the village was long associated with hop growing, with important growers including the Fremlin brewing family. In the 20th century this gave way to to fruit growing and more recently soft fruit.

During the second World War several doodlebugs fell in the village

THE FETE  – annually in mid-June, the village holds a fete in the recreation ground and the day has always proved a happy and successful occasion. It does, for many people, provide one of the last links with true village life.  See diary dates section for Fete Day.

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