St Lawrence, The Street
St Lawrence, The Street, Mereworth, Maidstone, Kent ME18 5LS View on map
Grade I listed Palladian-style church built 1744-46 for the Earl of Westmoreland after an earlier church had been taken down to make way for the castle. Unique neoclassical interior with all surfaces painted with trompe l'oeil classical designs. Medieval glass and monuments from the earlier church, including memorial to Thomas Faut erected in 1639, were incorporated into the church. Churchyard contains grave of Charles David Lucas, the first person to win the Victoria Cross. Major conservation work has been completed recently on the tower, spire and trompe l'oeil painted interior at the cost of £750,000.
The church is open every day of the year approximately 9am - 4:30pm. It will only be closed for the preparation for special events.
Off the A228 between Maidstone and Tunbridge. Rail: West Malling (3 miles). Bus: No. 7 (Maidstone - Tunbridge Wells). If travelling by car on the A228 from West Malling toward Tonbridge, The Street is situated on the right approx 2.9 miles from West Malling. The Church is situated on the left.
- Wheelchair access: No
- Disabled Toilets: No
- Assistance dogs: Yes