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The Avon Valley Churches

March 9, 2017

Amesbury Abbey – St. Mary and St. Melor

This is a church I visited a while ago, but for the sake of completeness I am republishing what I wrote at the time with the odd addition. Looking back, this is an excellent church to visit but, don’t take my word for it, have a look yourself!

A magnificent, cruciform, church is this small Wiltshire town. It was open, as it is each day. Outside there are placed welcome signs to encourage the visitor inside. There were two friendly stewards on duty and I was handed a ‘paddle board’ to guide me around this interesting building. There is plenty to see and a real effort has gone into making a visit both interesting and welcoming. There is a guide book to buy, and some versions in different languages. Also for sale are cards, book marks, key fobs, tea towels and postcards. For children, there is an area left set up with toys and books etc. A Lectionary had been left open along with a card with the relevant gospel acclamation on it. There are two prayer books, which appear to be well used and a votive stand on which to light a candle. The Jesus Chapel is set apart for quiet prayer and this has a stock of prayer books to use. There is a history display and one on the church’s link with the church in South Sudan. This was interesting to look at. There are also pictures of the clergy and others involved with the life of this church. There were a few ‘Prayer Trust’ leaflets on the Christian faith. I rate the Abbey as very good and enjoyed my visit here. 60 people had signed the visitors book in the last month. The church website is at This is an interesting site with plenty of material but is a bit thin on specific visitor content. There is also a facebook page which is kept updated (many aren’t!).



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