Welcome to the Meare and Westhay villages website.
Set on the beautiful Somerset Levels, by the River Brue is the Parish of Meare. It is 3 miles west of Glastonbury and 10 miles from Wells, England’s smallest city
The parish comprises the villages of Meare and Westhay and the hamlets of Stileway and Oxenpill.
The oldest buildings in Meare were built in the 14th Century. They are the Fish House and St Mary’s Church, both of which were built for Abbot Adam of Sodbury and are Grade 1 Listed buildings.
The digging of peat led to the discovery of important archaeological finds like the Sweet track, the oldest known man made road, which runs parallel to the Shapwick Road in Westhay. Westhay is also the site of prehistoric lake villages. The Sweet Track and the lake villages have been covered over to preserve them but a full history and exhibition can been seen in the Tribunal in Glastonbury
The area is famous for its nature reserves, a favourite of walkers and bird watchers. Many people come here to watch the murmeration of the starlings from autumn to spring. Both bitterns and otters have been successfully reintroduced onto the Ham Wall reserve.
Historically, the main industry has been farming and peat extraction. The villages have grown in size with the building of more houses and the increase in rural industry and home based businesses
There are two pubs, a post office, a Chapel and a Church, a large playing field and two small village halls. Plans have been passed for a new larger village hall at the edge of the playing field and efforts are now being made by the community to raise money to build this.
The Meare Village Primary School has been awarded a ‘outstanding’ judgement by OFSTED and very successful playgroup and toddler groups are run here.
This parish is a comfortable mixture of the ancient and modern, surrounded by outstanding countryside yet convenient to major towns like Bristol, Taunton and Bath.
A more detailed history can be found on the History page.
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