Devizes Heritage is a non-profit website about the history, archaeology, the green areas and open spaces around Devizes and its villages.
Devizes has a rich history with hundreds of important old buildings. It is situated in beautiful down land and has a rich current cultural life and an excellent Festival programme.
Links are in blue, click on these for other web pages on this site; about the town's history its buildings and their historic residents, the Castle, Civil War battles, our Churches, old and modern schools, the Railway and Devizes Prison.
The site is now large and you will find the Search DH function on the navigation bar at the top of the page useful. It searches all this site.
The green open spaces around Devizes provide a beautiful environment for residents and visitors alike. The Open Space pages provide some information about their conservation and recreational use. Development of areas with in and close to Devizes have had and are having a huge impact on the quality of life here.
Click HISTORY for information about prehistory and archaeology, the Castle, Devizes in the Civil War and the battle of Roundway Down 1643, our Churches, historic and listed houses, the Railway in Devizes, existing and past Schools, and the old Prison with details of some public hangings.
Above: Devizes castle; built in 1840 on the site of the Norman castle -1080 motte and bailey, 1120 a stone fortess.The old castle was much larger than the modern one.
Below is St.John's Church; this was built at the same time as the Castle in the early 12th century by Bishop Roger of Salisbury.
The town developed around the Norman castle and Churches; the archaeological evidence is discussed. This is a developing section and it contains only a small section on Avebury but this will develop over time.
Click BUILDINGS for extensive coverage of the listed and special buildings in Devizes, e.g. the Bear, Corn Exchange and Brownston House etc are discussed in some detail.
Click OPEN SPACES for information about the Green, the Downs around Devizes, Roundway Hill and Oliver’s Castle, Drew's Pond, our White Horses and footpaths.
Click CONTACT to talk to Devizes Heritage, add useful material to the website or send us corrections.
Click GALLERIES for photos on heritage topics.
Below: Oliver's Castle, an iron age hill fort in Bromham Parish.
Above Devizes and Roundway Down were the site of a major English Civil War battle in July 1643. St. Johns and St James Churches both bear scars of the Siege of Devizes . The King's army lifted the Siege and defeated Waller's Parliamentary up near Oliver's castle. There were 600 killed. Alan Carter, DH webmaster and Dr Chris Scott are researching the history of the battle and its impact, as part of the Civil War, on the area; the book will be published in 2013.
Get in touch - learn more about
Please e-mail Devizes Heritage via the Contact page or phone Alan Carter on 01380 723519.
Above: Devizes from Roundway Hill. The green park land in the foreground is part of the New Park, Roundway which from the early 1700s to 1955 was home to 4 very significant Devizes families. See the Roundway House page.
The white building (back right) is Hillworth House . This 1830s house is the focal point of Hillworth Park which has undergone a £1.9 million improvement programme opening up the two areas of the old park and providing wider and better access from Hillworth Road. There are new courts, a rock climbing boulder, improved play facilities for children, a café, with a meeting room, and has conserved the grade 2 18th century Pavilion. The project was a Devizes Town Council initiative with joint funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Below This March 2011 photo shows that the central hedge between the two parts of the Park had been taken down. The large scale of the future park is now revealed and the potential more apparent.
The Hillworth Park Gazetteer documents the Park and its history.
Above: is an unusual photo of Devizes Castle . This photo was taken from the Tower of St. James Church - this church was originally part of Bishops Canning and it is set next to the historic Crammer Pond and Green below.
Modern Cultural events Devizes is rich in community groups and spirit. There are fairs, carnivals and parades throughout the year. Click on the blue link to see photos of what has been happening in Devizes recently.The market place provides a venue for fairs and carnivals. There is a photogallery of these, click on the blue link to look at it.
Below: Morris dancing in the market Square. Devizes market is held in the historic Market Square every Thursday. French markets are held there too from time to time.
Below - the famous Caen Hil Locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal at Devizes
Below: Pewsey Vale butterfly.