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Caption for Amesbury, St Mary and St Melor's Church c1955: St Mary and St Melore's is basically Norman, large and built mainly of flint; its large squat Early English tower rests on triple chamfered arches and has three wide-spaced single bell openings. The east window is the work of Butterfield, who restored the church in 1853, ten years before he began work on Aldbourne. He put in the vivid coloured tiles on the east wall, and he is responsible for the Perpendicular south aisle and west end. The outline of a chapel remains in the east side walls. The jambs of an early 13th-century doorway west of the north-west corner of the truncated nave have been reset, but the door's purpose remains a mystery. The south aisle is early Perpendicular, and has a two-bay arcade with a pier of four shafts and four hollows, decorated capitals and arches of two hollow chamfers. The font is 12th-century and of Purbeck marble with shallow blank arches; a wooden pulpit, by Butterfield, stands on a chunky stone base. The stained glass is worth studying, as are the 15th- and 16th-century carved roofs. The clock on the tower came from Amesbury Abbey nearby - it was given to the church in 1971. Its mechanism is 15th- century, but it was altered to take a pendulum.

An extract from Wiltshire Churches Photographic Memories.

Memories of Amesbury

I lived with my parents in the right hand side of the white house shown above (almost opposite the W & D bus station) from 1938-57. The house to the left with a hedge around the door was a small private girls school in my early memories As the war built up we saw servicemen and women, (...Read full memory)

Amesbury such lovely town there is plenty of village shops. Methodist church on the corner of the road. bus station and there is co-op supermarket which has been built . I used to know a gentleman who name is Stephen he lives where the housing estate is now on the hill . up and till 2009 I was visiting this lovely town and spent some wonderful times.

I remember the War Memorial being opposite the cinema. When I visited Amesbury last week no one could remember it being there and it is not there now. Does anyone else remember it? I also remember the railway bridge where we all stood letting the steam from the trains blow over us. There was a huge park, well it seemed huge (...Read full memory)

Yes, I remember Amesbury War Memorial c1950, it was moved to Amesbury Church to make way for a new road through Amesbury. I also lived on the new council estate which was built after the war, I lived in Antrobus Road. Antrobus Road was one of the first to be built and it was surrounded by fields and we used (...Read full memory)

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