Merevale is a village and civil parish in the North Warwickshire district of the county of Warwickshire in England. Located about one and a half miles west of Atherstone, it is the site of a medieval Cistercian Abbey (founded in 1148) and Merevale Hall (built in 1840 and home to the Dugdale family).
The Gatehouse to Merevale estate in Merevale Lane. The building and the Church of Our Lady behind it were originally part of the Cistercian Merevale Abbey complex.
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An abbey was built in Merevale in 1148 by Robert de Ferrers, 2nd Earl of Derby. It was a relatively small abbey with only around 10 monks. The abbey was dissolved in October 1538, during the reign of Henry VIII and fell into ruin, but traces of it remain to the present day. One of the most significant parts to have survived is the gate chapel, now used as the parish church. The church is significant for its Cistercian stained glass, including its Jesse window (one of the most important in the British Isles), and for being the only Cistercian gate chapel to be open for regular weekly services throughout the year. William de Ferrers, 5th Earl of Derby is buried here.
Designed by Edward Blore, Merevale Hall was completed in 1840 and has been the home of the descendants of Sir William Dugdale since this time. Dugdale was a strong royalist supporter of King Charles I during the English Civil War, and was appointed as his 'Garter Principal King of Arms'. Many of his artefacts, including ceremonial clothes, can be seen at the hall.
The village has its own parish called Merevale Civil Parish although for some purposes it is merged to form Bentley and Merevale Civil Parish.
Merevale was part of the Atherstone Rural District. In 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 the Atherstone Rural District became part of the newly formed district of North Warwickshire. Inside North Warwickshire Merevale is part of the Baddesley and Grendon Ward and is represented by John Moore and Ray Sweet who are both Labour, Merevale is covered by the Baddesley Ensor Ward in Warwickshire County Council and is also represented by Ray Sweet.
It is part of the North Warwickshire constituency and the current MP is Conservative Dan Byles, it is also part of the West Midlands European Parliament constituency which is represented by 6 MEPs.
Waste collection services are provided by North Warwickshire Borough Council. Water and sewage services are provided by Severn Trent Water. The Distribution Network Operator for electricity is Central Networks better known as E.ON UK.
Merevale has a Coventry (CV) postcode. The postal town is Atherstone which is also the location of the nearest post office. The nearest library is also in Atherstone. Merevale uses the Tamworth 01827 area code.
The village lies in the North Warwickshire NHS trust area. The village does not have its own doctor's surgery or pharmacy. The nearest GP's surgeries can be found in Atherstone. The George Eliot Hospital at Nuneaton is the area's local hospital. It has an Accident and Emergency Department. Out of hours GP services are also based at George Eliot.
The A5 (Watling Street) at runs to the east of Merevale.
The local newspapers covering the area are the Tamworth Herald, which has a separate edition for North Warwickshire and the Atherstone Recorder.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- Ray Sweet Baddersley Ensor ward Warwickshire County Council
- Dan Byles Archived 2011-11-23 at the Wayback Machine
- 01827 Tamworth
- Warwickshire Police Stations Archived 2011-01-01 at the Wayback Machine
- NHS - Find your Nearest Doctor, Optician, Pharmacy, dentist, hospital: Outline NWBC Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine
- George Elliot Hospital
- Atherstone, Merevale Lane, Adj (On Watling Street)[permanent dead link]