Meopham

Meopham is a large village and civil parish in Gravesham, Kent, England, with a population of approximately 9,500 residing in an area of eight and a half square miles. The centre is just five miles south of Gravesend and the River Thames. There are four villages within the parish, Meopham Green, Culverstone Green, Hook Green and Harvel.

It has been established that Meopham was inhabited during the Stone Age with the finding of a flint knife in a field north of Camer Park. A more recent discovery was that of a Romano-British farmstead just south of the original village centre. Archaeological digs have yielded ditch boundaries and artefacts dated from AD 80-120.During the 10th century the manor of Meopham was owned by Byrhtric, a wealthy Saxon who owned many other manors in Kent and Surrey. The discovery of his will showed that it was executed in ‘Mepham’ with the request that the manor be bequeathed to Christ Church in Canterbury.

Meopham