Entrance to the Mere Golf and Country Club
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Mere is a civil parish and linear village along the A556 road in the unitary authority of Cheshire East and the ceremonial county of Cheshire, North West England, about 7 km (4.3 mi) south-west of Altrincham. Bucklow Hill is at its northeast end, and the Mere crossroads is at the southwest end. The village of Mere is about a mile long and has a varied stock of housing. Most houses are large and have ample gardens leading down to the lake; these are along the inner sides of a triangle formed by the A556, A50 and A5034 roads. Inside the triangle is a lake after which Mere was named, and a golf and country club.
The village of Mere has three hotels (The Swan, The Mere Resort and Spa (formerly known as Mere Golf and Country Club) and Mere Court Hotel), a filling station (Orchard Service Station), and two car dealers (Bucklow Hill Garage and Parkside Cars). At Hoo Green (about a kilometre west of Mere) is a hotel called The Kilton, and a post office which also functions as a newsagent and grocer. Knutsford and Altrincham are the nearest towns where a broader range of shops can be found. The Parish Club has facilities for bowling, cricket and snooker. The Mere Golf and Country Club (renamed The Mere Resort and Spa, or known just as The Mere, underwent large development plans which has seen the moving of the members area and pro shop, to accommodate the new hotel rooms) contains some of the top golf players of Cheshire, and houses a fairly competent league 2 tennis team.
Motor traffic is however a considerable problem here: on the A556, one of Europe's busiest highways, about 60,000 cars travel through Mere each day. The residents have long petitioned for a bypass and in December 2008, the Government agreed to build one. This is due for completion by 2015. There are two alternative planned routes, both western bypasses on the A556:
- Bypassing the Mere junction.
- Bypassing the whole of Mere and Bucklow Hill (preferred route).
Travel around the village has been made more complicated in recent years by the erection of "no right turn" signs at the Mere crossroads and on Bucklowhill Lane (runs into Bucklow Hill from Hoo Green, from a little south of west). This restriction will be removed when the bypass is completed.
There are two halls in Mere: Mere Old Hall dates from the Regency period and has some decorative features in that style. Mere New Hall was built in 1834 and the architect used the style of the Elizabethan period. It is a brick-built mansion consisting of a medium-sized central block and a long L-shaped wing on one side. The central portion is symmetrical at the rear and has a porte-cochère at the front. The interiors are also in the Elizabethan style.
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- "A556 Knutsford to Bowdon Environmental Improvement – Publications". Highways Agency. Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Pevsner, N. & Hubbard, E. (1971) Cheshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books; p. 279
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