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Devizes

"DEVIZES, (or The Vies), comprises the parishes of St. John the Baptist, St. Mary the Virgin and part of the parish of Rowde, being a market town, municipal and parliamentary borough, having separate jurisdiction, but locally situated in the hundred of Potterne and Cannings, in the county of Wilts, 23 miles N.W. of Salisbury, 20 E. by S. of Bath, and 88 W. of London by road, or 111 by the Wilts, Somerset, and Weymouth railway, which joins the Great Western line at Chippenham. Two branch lines connect Devizes with Bath and Reading. The town, which is situated on the Downs, near the Kennet and Avon canal, is supposed to be of great antiquity. It first rose into importance in the reign of Henry I., when Roger, Bishop of Salisbury, built the spacious and strong castle described by ancient writers as unequalled in Europe for magnificence, extent, and strength."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

 

Archives and Libraries

  • The Museum of the Wiltshire Archaeological & Natural History Society, at 41 Long Street, Devizes, SN10 1NS has the finest Bronze Age archaeology collection in England with much material from the World Heritage Sites of Avebury and Stonehenge. The history of Wiltshire and the town is shown in displays and the collections are often used as a point of reference in TV programmes. The Museum is open daily throughout the year - more details on the Wiltshire Heritage Library and Museum website.

  • The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust Museum is on the Wharf overlooking the canal. It tells the tale of the construction, operation, closure and restoration of the canal.

Cemeteries

Churches

You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Devizes area that are recorded in the GENUKI church database. This will also help identify other churches in nearby townships and/or parishes. You also have the option to see the location of the churches marked on a map.

Church Records

  • Common to all parishes is a Key to Abbreviations and a description of Church Records and Indexes for Wiltshire, including a complete Marriage Index for the county.

  • Indexes and registers of the church of Devizes, Particular Baptist:

  • Indexes and registers of the church of Devizes, Presbyterian:

  • Indexes and registers of the church of Devizes, St Mary Independent:
    (or St Mary's Chapel, Independent)

    • IGI Chr 1774-1837 Batch C077741 (RG4 3328, 2591)
  • Indexes and registers of the church of Devizes, St Mary, Wesleyan or Methodist:
    (which was in New Park Street and later (1898) in Long Street)

Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Devizes which are provided by:

Gazetteers

Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Devizes has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

History

Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU005615 (Lat/Lon: 51.352523, -1.994225), Devizes which are provided by:

Population

  • Population was 4,562 in 1831, 7,897 in 1951.

 

Societies

You can also see Family History Societies covering the nearby area, plotted on a map. This facility is being developed, and is awaiting societies to enter information about the places they cover.