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St. Lawrence Church, Merewoth, Kent. UK
St Lawrence’s Church was built for the 7th Earl of Westmorland in 1744-46, probably to a design by Roger Morris, previously an assistant to Colen Campbell who had designed Mereworth Castle for Lord Westmorland twenty years before. It replaced a church, presumably medieval, next to the castle.
St Lawrence’s is unique among country parish churches, with one of the most remarkable neo-classical interiors in Europe, designed like a Roman basilica. All its surfaces are painted with trompe l’oeil classical designs and organ pipes on the west wall. The ornate tower and spire have close similarities to several significant town churches, notably James Gibbs’s baroque St Martin-in-the-Fields.
Medieval and monuments and 16th and 17th century glass from the earlier church were incorporated into St Lawrence’s.