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A train journey of just under 30 miles from London Victoria will bring you to Meopham, (pronounced 'Mep-am'). Meopham is a 'ribbon' village just within the Borough of Gravesham in North-West Kent, situated about 5 miles south of Gravesend. Covering an area of approximately 8.5 square miles (22 sq.km), with a population of 8,787 (2011 census - Meopham + Vigo), Meopham has been described as having one of the longest village streets in Kent, along about 4½ miles (7.25 km) of the A227, rising from the railway station area in the north almost to the crest of the picturesque North Downs in the south near Vigo.
Four smaller settlements, (Hook Green, Culverstone, Harvel, & Meopham), each with its own green, form the Parish of Meopham, which thus contains no fewer than four village greens! Many consider the largest, Meopham Green, to be the archetypal Kent village scene, with a well-used cricket pitch, (where the game has been played since at least 1778), two inns & a beautifully preserved windmill. Nearby there is a vineyard & a section of the Kent Downs Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) ! Meopham possess a wealth of historic buildings & well signed footpaths, bridleways & byways which traverse miles of attractive landscapes, & open countryside which includes Camer Country Park. The photograph was taken by Brenda, one of our photography group members. To read about our village sign (above), click: Village Sign.
Famous residents have included Simon de Mepham, (Archbishop of Canterbury 1327–1332), famous botanists & horticulturalists John Tradescant the elder (c.1570-1638) & John Tradescant the younger (1608–1662), Victorian courtiers Sir Sydney Waterlow, Bt (1822–1906) & Sir Fleetwood Edwards (1842–1910), hydrographer Sir Edmund Irving (1910–1990), artists Spencer Gore (1878–1914) & Graham Sutherland (1903–1980), author Michael Gilbert (1912–2006), psychic researcher Harry Price (1881–1948), entertainer Hughie Green (1920–1997), President of the Royal Academy Sir Roger de Grey (1918–1995), museum curator & scholar Dr John Physick CBE DrRCA FSA (1923-2013), & former Sun Editor Kelvin MacKenzie (1946- ). Current residents include actor Sir Michael Gambon (1940- ), author, historian & philosopher Donald Adamson (1939- ), & Sir Richard Joseph St. Lawrence Gethin, 10th Bt.Gethin. (1949- )
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