Thomas Read Kemp (1783-1844)

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Thomas Read Kemp (December 23, 1782 – December 20, 1844) was an English property developer and politician. He was the son of Sussex landowner Thomas Kemp, whose farmhouse in Brighton was rented by the Prince of Wales in 1786.He conceived and developed the Regency-style Kemp Town estate in Brighton on the south coast of England. He was Member of Parliament for Lewes from 1811–16 and 1826–37 and for Arundel 1823–26. He fled Britain in 1837 to escape his creditors and died in Paris in 1844. He is buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery. In 1805, Kemp graduated in theology at Cambridge University. He married Frances Baring, daughter of Sir Francis Baring, 1st Bt. by Harriet Herring, the following year. They had four sons and six daughters. She died during childbirth in 1825 and was buried at St. Nicholas's Church. A tablet was erected to his memory at St Nicholas's Church next to his wife's.

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