Visits

Mells village trail and Nunney

Date: Tuesday 22 May 2018

Explore the historic village of Mells (“Home of our delight”) on a guided 2.5 mile village trail walk, followed by a visit to the village of Nunney
Mells village trail and Nunney

Nunney Castle

Mells village trail and Nunney

Mells war memorial

Mells village trail and Nunney

Nunney Church

Mells village trail and Nunney

SHS members outside Mells Manor. Gates were designed by Edwin Lutyens, and adorned by talbots rampant

Self drive / Car share Field Visit Tuesday 22 May 2018 

Mells village trail and Nunney

Explore the historic village of Mells (“Home of our delight”) on a guided 2.5 mile village trail walk. Meet at 10.30 at the Mells Café, Woodlands Road BA11 3PE .

Mells is mentioned in the Domesday book, has many 15th C buildings with links to Glastonbury Abbey, but is now best known for its connections to the First World War, when its population of 600 was double that of today.   

The trail explores some of the stories behind the names listed on the village war memorial and the impact of war on a Somerset village.  

Work by the architect Edwin Lutyens, and artists Eric Gill, Alfred Munnings and Edward Burne-Jones can be seen. Churchyard graves include members of the Asquith and Bonham-Carter families, as well as that of the war poet Siegfried Sassoon, one of the powerful voices of the First World War. Reasonable level of fitness required for an easy walk.  Dress appropriate to weather – check forecast. 

After self funded lunch (at the Mells Café ; or Walled Garden; or the Talbot Inn) we proceed to car park in nearby Nunney  (BA11 4NJ) at 14.30.

Stroll around the village to view the dramatic mediaeval moated castle, destroyed by parliamentarians in the Civil War in 1645, as well as the grade 1 listed 12th century church, and market cross.

Meet at 15.30 at the Moat and Turret café in Nunney for tea and cake (included).  

Transport:   Allow 55 minutes travel time to and  from Sherborne. 

Car share encouraged. Please indicate if you are able to provide, or would prefer, a lift.

Cost  £8.  Includes shared trail leaflet, SHS guide, tea and cake at Nunney.     

Numbers limited to 25. Car share encouraged. Visitors/guests are welcome.

Please send your cheque with completed booking form to Visits Secretary:

Douglas Maxwell,  The Dairy House,  Milborne Wick,  Sherborne DT9 4PW

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