Mears Ashby

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Mears Ashby is a delightful place, full of interesting properties, many very old stone cottages, and a leavening of newer houses, all seeming to create a happy mix.  There are about a dozen separate lanes in the village, all inviting the visitor to explore, so it is well worth while devoting extra time here perhaps with a visit to The Griffins Head pub for refreshment.

The church, which dates from the twelfth century, with many later additions, has amongst its treasure s the famous Wheel-cross believed to be of Viking origin and rarely found in this part of the country.  Close to the south door is a beautiful lead-lined and magnificently carved stone font, now over 800 years old.

 Mears Ashby Hall, home of the Stockdale family, where they have now lived for over 200 years, is a fine Jacobean building erected in 1637 by Thomas Clendon, on the site of an earlier manor house.  It has seen numerous changes over the years and eventual reconstruction by Anthony Salvin in 1859 to the splendid house with many gables that we see today.

The pond in the grounds of the manor house is the site of the ducking of a poor woman named Sarah Bradshaw in 1785, who was accused of witchcraft.  Her ghost is reputed to wander the graveyard on the anniversary of her drowning.