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Sunday, February 20, 2011

St John the Baptist Devizes

St John the Baptist Parish Church in Devizes, Wiltshire (see below) was founded in 1130 AD by Bishop Roger of Salisbury, Chancellor to King Henry I. Much of that original Norman building survives today, although Devizes Castle with which it was historically linked was destroyed by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. St John the Baptist Devizes has been alternately described as the finest Norman church in Wiltshire and as the second best Norman church in Wiltshire, after Malmesbury Abbey.


St John the Baptist Devizes
St John the Baptist Devizes has a 15th century 'Perpendicular' nave (see below) but the sanctuary, chancel, and crossing are Norman.

St John the Baptist Devizes
St John the Baptist Devizes is located on Long Street in Devizes, Wiltshire. The visitor can also view the exterior of Devizes Castle from the church grounds. Nearby attractions incude Avebury Stone Circle, Lacock Abbey, and Great Chalfield Manor.

The Parish of St John and St Mary
Devizes, Wiltshire
39 Long St.
SN10 1NS
Tel: 01380 723705

St John the Baptist Devizes Map

© 2011 John Westby

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