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In 1287, King Edward's mother, Eleanor of Provence, wife of Henry III, took her vows and died here in 1291. Eleanor is believed to be buried beneath the High Altar in the Abbey Church, though the exact spot is not now marked.
The 15th-century Amesbury Clock is one of the earliest known examples of British clock-making skills. The two oldest church bells date from 1619, whilst the two newest commemorate World War II.
The Church was renovated in the 19th century, and the organ currently in use was built in 1776.
Our beautiful historic church dates from 979 AD. We are a vibrant church with a liberal-Catholic tradition and an inclusive ethos, with regular services and events.
We are proud of our flourishing four-part choir and our excellent team of bell ringers.
Close to world famous Stonehenge, we welcome all visitors.
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The seal of Isobel of Lancaster, Prioress of Amesbury Abbey, 1343 - 1349
Founded as a Benedictine abbey by Dowager Queen Elfreda in 979 AD, a Saxon church was later added to the site: little of this structure remains except a Saxon font which is still in the church. The Abbey of Amesbury, by all accounts, appears to have been a very important one and was mentioned in the Will of King Alfred.
In 1177 Amesbury Abbey was re-founded by Henry II, with nuns from France extending the buildings. These nuns brought with them the veneration of St Melor, a Saint of Brittany, and so the dedication became St Mary and St Melor.
The Amesbury Psalter, a beautifully illustrated book of Psalms written in the 13th century is presently in the possession of the Library of All Souls, Oxford.
At St Mary and St Melor we are fortunate to have a bell tower with 8 bells.
Our band of ringers practice on Monday evenings (19.30 – 21.00) and ring for Sunday service (09.15 – 09.50), weddings and other events as required.
Anyone wishing to ring, or learn to ring, would be most welcome. Please contact the Tower Captain, Colin Maddocks, on 01980 591260 or firstname.lastname@example.org