Lesley Mills “Awash with festivals and live music. And a good mixed population: discreet posh, arty farties, active and engaged middle-aged, farmers, the disaffected and the unfortunate.”
Devizes is approximately 15 miles (24 km) from the M4. Several main roads pass through the town, including the A360, A361 and A342.
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Salem Chapel, New Park Street, was built in 1838 by a pastor and followers from Maryport Street, who had left because of divisions in the congregation. They rejoined the parent body in 1895 and the building was used by the Open Brethren, later by Devizes Christian Fellowship and (since the mid 1980s) Rock Community Church.
The local association football (soccer) team is Devizes Town F.C. who play in the Western Football League.
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Devizes is a historic market town with a colourful Medieval past, wealth of history and architectural heritage with more than 500 listed buildings and a large Market Place in the heart of the town. This can all be enjoyed as you discover the wide range of traditional independent shops or peruse the Thursday market, therefore whatever your reason for visiting Devizes, there is lots of to explore.
The coroner, John Clare, recorded that she had been "struck down dead by the vengeance of God."
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Hartmoor, Jump Farm, Nursteed, Roundway, Southbroom, Wick.
Further afield Longleat and its 900 acres of parkland is a great family day out.
Devizes Netball Club was founded in 1979. It has six teams in the Moonraker Netball Leagues. The A Team was champion of the Premier Division in 2007–08, 2008–9 and again in 2009–10.
Devizes has four Church of England parish churches, and has had nonconformist congregations since the 17th century.
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St Mary's was built in the 12th century to serve the town outside the castle walls. Only the chancel survives, the rest being rebuilt in the 15th century, including the fine west tower. The east window is from 1852, and there was restoration in 1854 (Carpenter and Slater) and 1875-6.
Devizes has four primary schools: St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Southbroom St James Academy, Southbroom Infants' School and Wansdyke Community School. Close by are Nursteed Community Primary School and The Trinity CofE (VA) Primary School in Roundway parish, and Rowde CofE Primary Academy in Rowde.
Devizes has connections to surrounding towns including Swindon (via Avebury), Salisbury, Bath and Chippenham, each of which have rail services. Devizes also has a daily National Express coach service to and from London Victoria, via Heathrow Airport. There is a regular bus service to and from Stonehenge.
Fishing available on the canal. Fees payable at reception. Rock pegs needed for hardstandings.
Devizes is policed by Wiltshire Police, who have their headquarters on London Road in the town. Policing of Devizes was the responsibility of the City of Salisbury Police until Wiltshire Constabulary was founded in 1839 under the County Police Act 1839. It was the first county police force founded in the country, hence its motto 'Primus et Optimus - The First and The Best'. Wiltshire Police is one of the largest employers in the town.
Downland School is a Community Special School for boys aged 11–16.
Wiltshire Air Ambulance is based at the police headquarters site. Previously funded by the Ambulance Service and later (in part) by Wiltshire Police, since 2015 this helicopter service has relied entirely on charitable funding.
In 1999, a hill figure of a white horse was cut onto a hill close to Roundway Hill. Known as the Devizes White Horse, it replaced an earlier one which was cut in 1845.
Whether you intend to stay for a while or you are just passing through, we hope you enjoy your time in our town.
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Devizes is lucky to have kept many small independent shops offering a wide range of goods not found elsewhere - with service to match. Weekly general and collectors' markets and regular farmers' and continental markets bring added colour.
Wool merchants were able to build prosperous town houses in St. John's and Long Street and around the market place. From the end of the 18th century the manufacture of textiles declined, but other trades in the town included clock-making, a bell foundry, booksellers, milliners, grocers and silversmiths. In the 18th century brewing, curing of tobacco and snuff-making were established in the town. Brewing still survives in the Wadworth Brewery, but the tobacco and snuff trades have now died out.
A chapel was built at Northgate Street in 1776, at first for Calvinist Methodist worship, soon becoming Congregationalists. The building was enlarged in 1790 and extended in Early English style in the mid 19th century, becoming known as St Mary's Congregational Church; from 1842 Devizes was the head of the Wiltshire and East Somerset Congregational Union. The congregation joined St Andrew's around 1987 and the building is now in residential use.
The town was a coaching stop for Mail coaches and stagecoaches on the road from London to Bristol, as evidenced by the number of coaching inns in the town. The Kennet and Avon Canal, fully open by 1810, passes through Devizes. The town gained a railway station in 1857 but the line was closed in 1966.
Devizes has a great sense of community and throughout the year the town hosts an Art Festival, an International Street Festival, a Food Festival as well as many community events, many held in the newly refurbished Hillworth Park.
Our Devizes Club campsite is a lovely quiet and secluded retreat by the side of the Avon and Kennet Canal in the heart of Wiltshire. The surrounding countryside, ideal for walkers and cyclists, is where you’ll find some of the UK’s most significant prehistoric sites including the iconic Stonehenge and Avebury Stone circle.
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Several farmers’ markets are held locally. Padfield’s Porkies sells home-reared pork products. Poulshot Lodge Farm Shop sells its home-reared beef, local pork, lamb and poultry. Rowdey Cow Farm Cafe and Ice Cream Parlour produces home-made ice cream.
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Devizes Camping and Caravanning Club Site, Spout Lane, Nr Seend, Melksham, Wiltshire, SN12 6RN
National Cycle Route 4 follows the canal towpath through the town.