Bemerton is situated to the west of Salisbury and was once a village in its own right. It was the home of George Herbert, rector of Bemerton from 1630 until his death three years later. Some of Herbert’s works were written whilst living at the rectory in Bemerton, and he also has links with nearby Fugglestone St. Peter (the mother church of Bemerton) where he also spent time with his congregation.
The Bemerton Local History Group was established in 2002 upon receipt of a Millennium Award which helped the group get up and running. They have published a number of books, including ‘Memories of Bemerton in Wartime’, ‘George Herbert in Bemerton’ (an excerpt from Ronald Blythe’s book Divine Landscapes which is now out of print) and ‘Memories of the Hut’, a fond look at Lower Bemerton’s Village Hall.
Social events include walks and parish tea parties. Their hopes for the future are to publish a history of Bemerton.
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