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Library and Museum

A Grade II Listed Building in Mere, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.0899 / 51°5'23"N

Longitude: -2.2705 / 2°16'13"W

OS Eastings: 381152

OS Northings: 132324

OS Grid: ST811323

Mapcode National: GBR 0V3.NS6

Mapcode Global: FRA 6647.M95

Plus Code: 9C3V3PQH+XR

Entry Name: Library and Museum

Listing Date: 7 July 1989

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1283113

English Heritage Legacy ID: 320160

Location: Mere, Wiltshire, BA12

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Mere

Built-Up Area: Mere

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Mere St Michael the Archangel

Church of England Diocese: Salisbury

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Listing Text

(north side)
Library and Museum


Former National School, now Library and Museum. Dated 1839, enlarged 1892
Squared and coursed limestone rubble, slate roof. A single large space under a
wide-span roof, enlarged by the addition of a classroom at the rear (north) in
1864; facilities were extended at the end of the Cl9 by providing the Grove
Building (q.v.) on the other side of Barton Lane. There is a further flat-
roofed extension of the C20. Front to street is 5 windows; 4 of these are large
4-light plain stone chamfer mullion to cusped heads and with stopped hoods, but
centrally is a smaller 3-light above an oval panel in a keyed rectangular
surround, inscribed in good cursive lettering: 'National School/Built 1839/
Enlarged/1892'. Return gable left has two 4-light as main front; the back has 4
high level windows similar to those on Church Street. Plinth to front returns
left and dies into pavement. Deep eaves, coped gables, small brick gable
stacks. Back wing has a 2-light casement with transome in the gable end, and a
2-light on return. Stone stack with brick shaft. Interior: windows have
elliptical-rere-arches. Original roof trusses, but only the ties now visible
(July 1986). A contemporary comment records that at the opening in 1839
'....between 3 and 400 (children) present were regaled with tea and cake'. An
earlier school (q.v. The Chantry) was run for a while by William Barnes, the
Dorset dialect poet

Listing NGR: ST8114732328

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