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Kingston Maurward, Dorset

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Location: Kingston Maurward, Dorset, Englandmap
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The manor of Kingston was acquired in the late 14th Century by the Grey family through marriage with the Maurward heiress. Christopher Grey completed a new manor house c. 1590 which still stands.

A new mansion to its west was built c. 1720 for George Pitt of Stratfield Saye who married the heiress Lora Grey, Christopher's great-great-granddaughter.

William Morton Pitt MP inherited the estate in 1787 and he entertained King George III at the house during the King's visits to Weymouth. In 1794 Pitt encased the mansion house in Portland stone, supposedly at George III's suggestion.

Kingston Maurward, which falls within Stinsford parish, is now home to an agricultural college.

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