The Meath’s core services in Godalming are based around a beautiful old manor house in leafy grounds that has an incredible history dating back to the 1400s. However, the house with its former estate is most famed for its association with General James Oglethorpe, who in the 1700s founded the American State of Georgia. His residency at “Westbrook”, along with its reputation as a meeting place for Jacobites prior to the Rebellion of 1745, brought the house into prominence.
For the Meath Epilepsy Charity, the most significant point in the history of “Westbrook Place” was its purchase in 1892, along with much diminished grounds, by the Victorian philanthropist Mary, Countess of Meath. It was her vision and initiative that established one of the first homes in the UK to care for and nurture women and young girls living with epilepsy.