Mereworth, par. and vil., Kent, 7 miles SW. of Maid-
stone, 2405 ac., pop. 843; P.O.; Mereworth Castle, seat
of Viscount Falmouth, is situated in a beautiful park
with long avenues of timber.
Merford and Hosely, township, Gresfordpar., Flint-
shire, 3 miles NE. of Wrexham, 604 ac., pop. 314.
Merginstown, demesne, 3 miles SE. of Dunlavin,
AY. co. AYicklow.
Meriadog, place with limestone caves, Denbighshire,
in par. and 1 mile S. of St Asaph, on river Clwyd.
Meriden, par. and vil., Warwickshire, 54 m. NW. of
Coventry, 3010 ac., pop. 837; P. O., T. O.; has remains of an
ancient cross, once regarded as marking the centre of
England; Meriden Hall and Meriden House are seats.
Merlng, Notts. See Meering.
Merioneth, maritime co., N. AVales, bounded N. by
Carnarvonshire and Denbighshire, SE. by Denbighshire,
Montgomeryshire, and Cardiganshire, and AY. by Cardi-
gan Bay; greatest length, NE. to SAY., 45 miles; greatest
breadth, NAY. to SE., 30 miles; area, 384,717 ac., pop.
52,038. The coast-line is alternately cliffs and stretches
of sand, and the co. generally is the most mountainous
in AVales, although some of the mountains of Carnarvon-
shire rise to greater elevations. Merioneth abounds in
wild and romantic mountain scenery, beautiful and
fertile valleys, and fine views of sea and lake and river.
The greatest heights are Aran Mowddwy (2970 ft.) and
Cader Idris (2929 ft.). The chief rivers are the Dee,
the Mawddach, and the Dovey. AVaterfalls and small
lakes are numerous, the largest of the latter being
Bala Lake (4 miles long and 1 mile broad). Having
generally a poor soil, with large stretches of moor quite
beyond a profitable cultivation, Merioneth does not
appear as a successful agricultural co., except in the
valleys, where there are many fertile tracts. Reclama-
tion of land has been successful in some parts of the co.
(For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) Mfrs. are
insignificant, excepting woollen and flannel goods, which
are made chiefly at Dolgelly. Considerable quantities
of slate and limestone are quarried, and there is a fair
output of lead and copper. Some years ago gold was
found to some extent, but the workings proving unpro-
fitable were stopped. Merioneth contains 5 hundreds,
33 pars, and parts of 4 others, and the towns or vils.
of Aberdovey, Bala, Barmouth, Corwen, Dolgelly,
Festiniog, and Harlech. It contains no parl. or mun.
boroughs. It is in the dioceses of Bangor and St Asaph.
It returns 1 member to Parliament.
Merkland, Loch, Lairg and Eddrachillis pars.,
Sutherland, 3 miles N. of NAY. end of Loch Shin.
Merkland Cross, old monumental cross, Kirkpat-
rick-Fleming par., SE. Dumfriesshire, 2 m. NAY of vil.
Merlins Cave and Merlins Hill, in co. and 2 miles
NE. of Carmarthen, near Abergwilly.
Merly Honse, seat, Canford Magna par., Dorset, 14
mile S. of Wimborne Minster.
Merrick, mountain, in N. of Minnigaff par., Kirk-
cudbright, 13 miles N. of Newton-Stewart, alt. 2764 ft.;
the highest summit in the S. of Scotland.
Merridge, hamlet, Spaxton par., Somerset, 4 miles
W. of Bridgwater.
Mcrrifleld, curacy, Antony par., Cornwall, 14 mile
W. of Devonport.
Merrington, par., township, and vil., Durham, 3.^
miles NE. of Bishop Auckland—par., 8164 ac., pop.
8204; township, 1961 ac., pop. 1663; P.O., called Kirk
Merrion, in co. and 5 miles SAY. of Pembroke ; P.O.
Merrion, vil. with ry. sta., Donnybrook par., in co.
and 3 miles SE. of Dublin, on Dublin Bay; P.O.; has
ruins of a castle.
Merriott, par. and vil., Somerset, 2 miles N. of
Crewkerne, 1693 ac., pop. 1376 ; P.O., T.o.
Merripit Hill, eminence, Dartmoor, Devon, 7 miles
SW. of Moreton Hampstead.
Merrivale Bridge, on the Wallcomb (or Walkham),
Dartmoor, Devon, 4 miles E. of Tavistock; in the
vicinity is an interesting group of stone antiquities.
Merrow, par. and vil., Surrey, 2 miles NE. of Guild-
ford, 1629 ac., pop. 595; P.O., T.O.; Merrow Downs
are 525 ft. high.
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