Mere, Wiltshire

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Panoramic View of Mere, Wiltshire.jpg
Panoramic View of Mere, taken from Castle Hill
Mere is located in Wiltshire
 Mere shown within Wiltshire
Population 2,961 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST812322
Civil parish Mere
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district BA12
Dialling code 01747
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South West Wiltshire
List of places

Coordinates: 51°05′24″N 2°15′58″W / 51.090°N 2.266°W / 51.090; -2.266

Mere is a small town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. It lies at the extreme southwestern tip of Salisbury Plain close to the borders of Somerset and Dorset. The parish includes the hamlets of Barrow Street and Burton.

There is an old market square (although markets have not been held for several years), a chiming town clock and a large 15th-century parish church of St Michael the Archangel,[2] along with St Mary's Catholic church and also Methodist and United Reformed churches. The number of shops has halved since the A303 bypass road was opened in 1976. The steep slope of Castle Hill rises from the northwestern side of Mere. Castle Hill was the site of a relatively large (390 by 102 feet) castle, built in the mid-13th century by the lord of the manor, Richard, Earl of Cornwall. The castle fell into disrepair in the 15th century and its stone is said to have been used to build local houses. The Duchy of Cornwall still owns large amounts of land in the area. Local industry and commerce includes the Hill Brush company, large wholesale plant nurseries and the notable Yapp's wine merchants.

St Michael the Archangel is unusual in that it has 10 misericords; those on the south side of the choir date from the 15th century, whilst those on the north side are early 20th century.

The town is part of the historic West Country Carnival circuit.

The civil parish includes the village of Barrow Street.

An electoral ward with the same name exists. The ward starts in the east at West Knoyle, stretches through Mere, continues to Zeals and finishes in the northwest at Kilmington. The population of the ward taken from the 2011 census was 4,285. [3]


  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 26 December 2014. 
  2. ^ St Michael the Archangel at
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

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