Historic Houses and Buildings in Devizes Wiltshire

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Devizes Heritage provides detailed information on many of the important Houses,Schools, pubs and Churches of Devizes. These reports include the history of the houses , the people who lived there and their occupations and Architectural details including the notes from English Heritage - see Images of England below.

Devizes has 500 listed buildings within its historic centre - mainly to the south of the Norman Castle. In the links below is a list of grade 1 and 2* buildings in Devizes. There is a an interesting listing too of those buildings that have survived since Norman times. This is organised by century.

There is a photogallery of Historic Houses with details of the House and its occupants.

Historic Houses in Devizes

Grade 1 and 2* Scheduled Buildings in Devizes

Buildings that have survived in Devizes since Norman times - listed by century

Alphabetical listing of Historic Houses

The Bear Hotel founded by 1559. It was a coaching Inn and provided a social centre for the affluent in Devizes. It is still the premier Hotel - Inn in Devizes.

Brownston House, 47 New Park Street - Grade 1 listed. The attractive rear is shown top right. MPs, generals, prison Surgeon, School principal and retired spinsters lived here.

Besborough Lodge

Nicky Robinson used to live in this littele house on the canal. She charts its history from the 18th century

Castle. - the history of Devizes Castle since 1080, aerial photos, plans since the 13th century and modern sales brochures. Right the west side of th emodern castle

Churches in Devizes - individual reports and photographs on all our churches.

The Corn Exchange, built in 1857 in the Market Place, this significant public building provides a host of uses to the Town.

Heathcote House - Grade 2* listed building on the Green. In the 18th century it was the parsonage for vicar of St. James and in the 19th century it was a popular boys private boarding and day Grammar school. A photo of this charming house on the Green is above left.

Hillworth House the history of Hillworth House (grade 2) from ca 1737 and its 18th century grade 2* garden pavilion.The influential Meek family developed this house and garden from 1841 to 1924. It is still in private hands - now apartments - but is the centre piece of the public Hillworth Park.

Inns of Devizes a chronological brief

description of our pubs from 1500. Right an old photo of the British Lion on Estcourt Street.

8, Long Street, Devizes - a grade 2* House

Le Marchant Barracks - from 1878 to 1959 the depot for the Wiltshire Regim, home to thousands of Wiltshire men and women over the years..

Old Bridewell , Bridewell Street - Devizes Prison in the 18th and 19th centuries and the first HQ of the Wiltshire County Police

Old Park House, Hartmoor, Devizes - a grade 2 building dating to at least 1773.

Prison, Devizes County House of Corrections 1818 to 1924. Right the Prison Governor's House

Roundway House and the New Park and its relationship to Quakers’s Walk.

St. Johns Church, Long Street - this is a large report on our wonderful Norman Church

Schools in Devizes - most County and many Victorian Private schools have individual reports

Southbroom House is home to Devizes School. It is grade 2 listed and was built 1773. The estate and an older house, burnt in the Civil War by the Royalists, dated back to at least 1500 and the time of John Drew (of Drews Pond).

Photogallery of Historic Houses

English Heritage

English Heritage has a website called "Images of England". This provides a photo and the architectural description of a House along with its grade - 1,2*, 2 and 3.

How to use their data base.

  • Select Advanced search from the left hand menu
  • Take the time to log on - it is worth it.
  • To look at say the Listed buildings on Long Street, Devizes. Fill in the form as shown on the screen shot below. It really will give them all!

Devizes Heritage has selected a few individual listings to illustrate its utility and to ease access.Click on the Blue links to view these.

4 and 5 St.John's Street Now the Abbey (Santander Bank)

Le Marchant Barracks London Road - right

Parkdale House Anstie family home

The Ark, off Long Street

16 Market Place

The Trust for Devizes has an excellent Blue Plaque scheme which has identified a significant fraction of important houses within Devizes.Their website has a very interesting series of newsletters.

They publish a Town Trail map and guide; this is available from the Devizes Tourist Office in the Market place and some bookstores.

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