King’s Meaburn

King’s Meaburn

King’s Meaburn is a linear village, of Anglo-Saxon origin.  Its name, however, derives from the the 12th century, when King Henry II granted part of the area to Sir Hugh de Morville, one of Thomas à Becket’s murderers and another part to Sir Hugh’s sister, Maud de Veteripont.  The King eventually claimed Hugh’s land back after the two fell out, hence the name; however, Maud’s name lives on in Mauld’s Meaburn a few miles to the south.