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Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bourton (DOR) - East Knoyle - Gillingham (DOR) - Kingston Deverill - Maiden Bradley - Motcombe (DOR) - Penselwood (SOM) - Sedgehill - Silton (DOR) - Stourton - West Knoyle

 

Websites

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Mere
Cathy Day - OPC for Mere, has her own website which can be visited via her link
History of The Grove Building, Mere - Information about the building and its usage
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
Register of One-Place Studies - Mere Entry

 

The Parish Church of St. Michael The Archangel

At the south western corner of the county stands the splendid church of Mere, its lofty western tower nobly maintaining its stand against the high Downs.  The chief glory of St. Michael's is the screen work, not only the rood screen, but also those enclosing the chapels.  There were a number of chantry priests attached to the church and 15th Century.   Stalls with interesting carved misericords can be seen in the chancel.          St. Michael Gallery

St. Michaels Parish Church                  Reeves, Overseers & Churchwardens 1551-1692                Them Against Us - Letter from the Vicar of Mere 1818              Members of the CofE Temperance Band 1883     

Parish Register Transcripts

Baptisms

1836-1850             1851-1889             1890-1901     

Marriages

1561-1812

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1561-1961
Marriages 1561-1996
Burials 1561-2001

         

Parish History

Parish News 1850-1899               Rates Charges 1951

Civil Registration

1837 - January 1978 Mere Registration District
January 1978 - Present Salisbury Registration District

 

Buildings and Land

Turnpike Toll Gate Auction 1858               Cattle Plague Regulations 1867           Owners of Land 1873                     Sale of Conwick Farm, Barrow Street 1818

Buildings

The Chantry Charnage Dean's Orchard Grove Building and VAD Hospital
Mere Castle  Mere Park Old Rectory Woodlands Manor
Zeals House    

Public Houses

Angel Inn to be Let 1841

Old Ship Inn

This was the home of Sir John Coventry until 1682.  It was first licensed in the early 18th century, and horses would be stabled at the "Sign of the Ship" for races on Mere Down in 1733.  The magnificent wrought-iron scroll sign was made by a local clock-maker between 1730 and 1763, and is without doubt one of the country's finest inn signs.  The fine elm staircase, flagged floors, oak beams, open fireplaces, and bedrooms with decorated ceilings and mullioned and latticed windows give the inn an historic interest in keeping with the original 17th century mansion.

 

Crime and Legal Matters

Animal Cruelty

Cruelty to a Bull 1867

Bastardy

Bastardy Examinations 1852-1857

Miscellaneous Items

Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Crime Reports 1850-1899

Motoring Offences

Driver Damages Shop 2014

Prisons and Prisoners

Bedford Gaol Prisoner Thomas Smith 1821                  Warminster Reformatory Runaways Recaptured 1871

Theft

Charge of Sheep Stealing 1829

Transportation

Transportation of Prisoners 1827               James Crouch - His Story 1840-1909

 

Directories

Post Office 1875               Kellys 1889             Kellys 1915

 

Education

Education in Mere

 

Emigration and Migration

Strays Index               Emigration Home Contact Requested 1800 - Present              Memorial Inscription of Nellie Hooper 1908

 

Employment and Business

Agriculture and Land

Farmers Active in 1823                   Importation of Seed Potatoes 1872

Apprentices

Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish

William Andrews 1741          Harry Beckett 1738

Emergency Services

Fire Brigade Members 1920                  Fire Brigade Members 1974

Medicine

General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959 

 

Miscellaneous Documents

 

Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Catholicism

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Broughton Catholic Charitable Society Members 1844

Congregationalists

United Reformed Church (Congregational)

Independent Chapels and Churches

Mere Independent Chapel
Chapel Register Transcriptions
Baptisms

1796-1837          1837-1852          1853-1866

Marriages

1853-1866

Methodism

Mere Methodist Church    

Quakers/Society of Friends

The first reference to a Quaker in Mere is in 1709 when the marriage of Edward Seager of Mere, a Quaker shepherd to Christian Brown of Warminster, appears in the Quaker records.  Nothing else is known about him and it was not until the middle of the nineteenth century that a small group of Quakers settled in Mere.  Among these were Edwin Bracher, the chemist and printer, and John Farley Rutter, the solicitor.  They both took an active interest in education, The Temperance Movement and other social work in the town.

From 1856 Quaker or Friends Meetings have been held in Mere, and in 1863 a Friends' Meeting House was built at the same time as the Lecture Hall and formed the northern room of that building.  Since 1928 the Small Lecture Hall has been used by the Friends as their meeting House, the old room on the street having become too noisy.

 

People and Parish Notables

Victory at Fives 1843 Clubs & Societies News 1850-1899 Entertainment News 1850-1899
  Grocer Finds Surprising Nest of Bluetits 1867 Temperance Society Entertainment 1872
Mourning Card for Mary Ann Harding 1888 Mourning Card for Lydia Harding 1934 Mere Manor Youth Band Members 1967
Members of the Parish Council & C.P.R.E. 1967 Funeral Report of Dr W.W. Farnfield 1940  

Census Returns Transcripts

c1650           1841          1851          1861          1871          1881          1891          1901          1911

Please note that the census dated c1650 lists only what appears to be the head of the household

Elections and Polls

Tax List 1332          Poll of Freeholders 1772         Poll Book 1865          MP Nominations 2015   

Inquest Reports

1800-1849                  William Gatehouse 1824                  Henry Pressley 1846

Parish Notables

William Barnes, Poet & Educator

 

Poor Law, Charity  and The Workhouse

General Poor Law Matters

Wanted, Christopher alias Thomas Jukes for Abandonment 1807   

Workhouse

Workhouse Crime

Workhouse Croime 1835-1850       

Workhouse Inmates

Census 1841               Census 1851               Adult Paupers in Union Workhouse for 5 years Consecutive 1861

Workhouse Supplies and Tenders

Workhouse Provisions Tenders Advert 1841

 

Probate

 

War, Conflict and Military Matters

Servicemen and Women

Chelsea Pensioners 1808-1828               Shooting Competition for the Wilts Rifle Volunteers 1872               Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911

Uncategorised Military Items

Mere at War               Anti War Meeting 1870

WWI

British Red Cross/V. A. D. Service

.A.D. & Red Cross Hospitals 1914-1918

War Memorials and Dedications

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918

 

 

Chaddenwycke

Chaddenwycke

Employment and Business

Game Licences 1834

 

People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

 c1650     1841     1871 

Please note that the census dated c1650 lists only what appears to be the head of the household

Taxes

Tax List 1332

Woodlands

Woodlands

People and Parish Notables

Census Returns Transcripts

 c1650           1891

Please note that the census dated c1650 lists only what appears to be the head of the household

 

 

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