Devizes, an old town in Wiltshire with a population of
over 10,000 people, takes its name from being sited at the boundary (ad
divisas) of two twelfth century manors, where the Bishop of Salisbury
had a castle built. Devizes grew through the Middle Ages as an important
sheep market, set in rich agricultural land on the edge of Salisbury
Plain. The town has some fine Georgian buildings and the town museum
contains artefacts from local bronze and iron age sites.
The map below shows the features of the town of Devizes, its streets and houses as
they were in the mid twentieth century. Click on a selected area of the
map below to see an enlargement.