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Mere - The OPC is Cathy Day

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Mere Photo Gallery

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 of Interest

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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies.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.


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. Michael Interior

St. Michaels Parish Church     

Church Officials            

Reeves, Overseers & Churchwardens 1551-1692                Them Against Us - Letter from the Vicar of Mere 1818        

Church Organisations     

Church Collections 1700- Present          Members of the CofE Temperance Band 1883

Church Services     

Mourning in Mere 1901

Parish Register Transcripts


1836-1850             1851-1889             1890-1901     



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

Parish Council

Members of the Parish Council & C.P.R.E. 1967


Buildings and Land

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


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


Chaddenwick Farm

To Be Let 1780

Property Sales

Sale of Superior Business Site 1892

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 Examinations 1852-1857


Fake Notes in Circulation 2014

Miscellaneous Items

Crime Reports 1800-1849                  Crime Reports 1850-1899

Motoring Offences

Driver Damages Shop 2014


Poaching Charges 1867

Prisons and Prisoners

Bedford Gaol Prisoner Thomas Smith 1821                  Warminster Reformatory Runaways Recaptured 1871


Charge of Sheep Stealing 1829


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


Wilful Damage to Vegetables 1869



Post Office 1875               Kellys 1889             Kellys 1915



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


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

Community Services

Fire Brigade Members 1920          Fire Brigade Members 1974

General Business 

Business News 1800-1899


General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959 


John Kenneth Lush 1910

Situations Vacant



Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church

Broughton Catholic Charitable Society Members 1844


United Reformed Church (Congregational)

Independent Chapels and Churches

Mere Independent Chapel
Chapel Register Transcriptions

1796-1837          1837-1852          1853-1866




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

  Mourning Card for   

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Clubs & Societies News 1850-1899          Temperance Society Entertainment 1872          Conservative Smoking Concert 1899           Mere Manor Youth Band Members 1967

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


Sudden Death of William Fricker 1881

Funeral Reports

Funeral Report of Dr W.W. Farnfield 1940

Inquest Reports

1800-1849            Ernest Silas Brain 1941          William Gatehouse 1824          Thomas Gray & George Light 1843          William Hibberd 1835            Henry Pressley 1846   

Mourning Cards

Lydia Harding 1934          Mary Ann Harding 1888           

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818        Voters List 1832          Poll Book 1865          MP Nominations 2015


News 1850-1899   

Family Notices


Miscellaneous Items

Grocer Finds Surprising Nest of Bluetits 1867

Grocer Finds Surprising Nest of Bluetits 1867       

Parish Notables

William Barnes, Poet & Educator


Victory at Fives 1843


Tax List 1332       


Poor Law, Charity  and The Workhouse

General Poor Law Matters

Wanted, Christopher alias Thomas Jukes for Abandonment 1807   


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




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           Why the Poppy


British Red Cross/V. A. D. Service

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

Casualties of WWI

Norman William Harding 1917

War Memorials and Dedications

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918


Home Guards 1940-1944



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


Tax List 1332




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

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll Book 1818




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