The Palladian Bridge was inspired by the work of 16th-century architect Palladio. This five-arched stone bridge was built in 1762. Although ornamental, the bridge was intended to look practical. It was designed to create the illusion that a river flows through the village and under the bridge.
The whole world and his wife was wandering around Stourhead on Saturday October 8. The weather was just glorious, but I found it difficult to get a photo without any people in it.
This delightful pub is the oldest in Mere and dates back to the 16th Century, boasting a remarkable history. According to local records, in 1651 King Charles II stayed here on his way from Trent to Heale house whilst fleeing after his defeat at the Battle of Worcester. We stayed here too after a visit to Stourhead.
The centre of Mere contains a clock tower which stands on the site of the original market house, which also served as a school. The house was demolished in 1863 and the present clock tower built. This was opened in 1868 by the Prince of Wales, (later King Edward VII).