Place:Mere, Wiltshire, England

Alt namesBarrow Streetsource: hamlet in parish
Burtonsource: hamlet in parish
Charnagesource: hamlet in parish
Limpers Hillsource: hamlet in parish
Rook Streetsource: hamlet in parish
Southbrooksource: hamlet in parish
TypeAncient parish, Civil parish
Coordinates51.09°N 2.266°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoMere Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Mere Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1894 - 1934
Mere and Tisbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1934 - 1974
Salisbury District, Wiltshire, England1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

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, Burton, Charnage, Limpers Hill, Rook Street and Southbrook. The civil parish had a population of 2,961 in the UK census of 2011.

The main A303 road passed through Mere until a bypass was built on the northern edge of the town in 1976.

Mere had a church from the end of the 12th century. The Earl of Cornwall built Mere Castle on Long Hill, overlooking the town, in the mid-13th century. The castle was abandoned in the 14th century and today only earthworks remain. The Duchy of Cornwall still owns much land in the area.

Research Tips

  • From this Ancestry page you can browse the Wiltshire parishes which have parish register transcripts online, quite often from very early dates. However, reading the early ones requires skill and patience. Transcriptions should also be in FamilySearch.
  • A further collection of online source references will be found on the county page for Wiltshire.
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