Mere, St Michael the Archangel Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Carved 15th-century screens
The chancel stalls have a lovely collection of misericords. Those on the south side date to the 14th century while those on the north side are 16th century. Subjects include a Green Man, angels, a Tudor rose, foliage, and a winged dragon. Just inside the communion rail, top the south of the altar, is a heart-wrenching small coffin-shaped memorial to an infant who died in 1829.
There is a royal coat of arms to James I, erected in March 1685, and thought to be the first arms set up in James' short reign. The font is 15th century, set on a Victorian base.
Look up as you enter the porch; over the entrance, set into a niche, is a statue of St Michael, dating to 1160. Near the porch is the stump of an Elizabethan cross, erected in 1556.
Among those buried in the walled churchyard are the parents of author Rudyard Kipling.
We came to Mere on a rainy day in February, not the best weather for enjoying the church exterior! But as for the interior, well, prepare to be impressed! The combination of the beautifully carved wooden screens, memorial brasses, colourful Victorian stained glass, and spacious nave arcades makes for a superb historic chcurch. To say that I was impressed is an understatement; Mere's church is one of the most enjoyable I visited in Wiltshire. Well worth a detour to see.
Address: Church Street, Mere, Wiltshire, England, BA12 6DS
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just off Castle Street (B3095) in the centre of Mere. On street parking. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Stourton House Flower Garden - 2.2 miles (Garden)
Stourhead - 2.2 miles (Garden)
Stourton, St Peter's Church - 2.4 miles (Historic Church)
Kingston Deverill, St Mary's Church - 3.7 miles (Historic Church)
Maiden Bradley, All Saints Church - 4 miles (Historic Church)
East Knoyle, St Mary's Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
Brixton Deverill, St Michael's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Horningsham, St John the Baptist Church - 5.7 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Mere:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01747 861 211
Alternate Tel: 01747 860 341
Fax: 01747 861 127