The following anecdotal record is to be found linked to a photo of Mote House by Penny Mayes. http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/91738
Mote House Maidstone
Falling into disrepair since it ceased to be a Cheshire Home some years ago, the house has been sold to a developer but nothing much seems to have happened in the last 12 months. The gridline cuts through the house so the northern (left-hand) side and left-most windows are in TQ7855.
The house has seen much grander days. Built for Lord Romney, Lord Lieutenant of Kent, in the late 18th century by architect D.A. Alexander (who also designed Maidstone and Dartmoor prisons). In 1799 Lord Romney held a Royal Review of the Kent Volunteers in his grounds. On a hot summer day 5,319 men, including 4,305 infantrymen, went on parade to be inspected by George III and Queen Charlotte (accompanied by the two Princesses) who were greeted by the Prime Minister William Pitt and other Ministers. A Royal Tent and a Ministerial Tent were erected where the Pavilion now stands. Six thousand sat down to eat, and more than 20,000 turned out to watch the spectacle. The cooks prepared 60 lambs, 700 fowl, 300 hams, 300 tongues, 220 dishes of boiled beef, plus roast beef, meat pies and fruit pies. In case anyone went hungry there was 220 joints of roast veal. To wash it all down? Seven pipes of wine and 16 butts of beer.
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