MERIDEN- Centre of England - Agutter's Quick

MERIDEN- Centre of England

  • The origin of this tradition is unknown but is of long standing and exists from at least the early C19th
  • It may have arisen because the village was half way between London and Chester in mileage and journey time
  • As the claim dates from a less scientific era, the various ways of measuring its accuracy mathematically were not significant. It was more of a perception
  • Meriden's claim is the best known and most widely accepted though challenged by other nearby places
  • The medieval, sandstone market 'cross' on the Green had become a focal point before the 1870s
  • The word 'meridian' has nothing to do with the name Meriden which is Old English for 'pleasant valley'

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