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Visit To Belmont House



On 7 July the Society enjoyed a visit to Belmont House near Faversham. Only opened to the public 14 years ago, it is less well known among Kent's many attractions. Belmont is an unspoiled Georgian house, designed in the Palladian style by the architect Samuel Wyatt, standing in beautiful gardens and surrounded by classical country parkland.

The house was bought in 1801 by General George Harris with prize money for defeating Tipu Sultan of Mysore at Seringapatam, and was the seat of successive Lords Harris until 1995.
The Harris family played a significant role in British expansion overseas during the 19th century and Belmont contains fabulous mementoes of their history and travels: paintings, furniture, Indian silverware and Raj items; the finest collection of clocks in private hands in the country which are cared for by the National Maritime Museum; and reminders of the famous cricketing 4th Lord Harris.

After our guided tour we enjoyed a cream tea in the converted stables. Belmont is not a massive or a grand house but is altogether pleasing. It deserves to be better known especially with all the attractions of Faversham close by.

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The Kent History Federation and
The Kent Archaeological Society

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