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5 – Devizes Castle




Bishop Roger of Salisbury & Chancellor of England under Kings Henry I and Stephen built a stone castle by 1120. It was important as a major royal fortress, prison and administrative centre until about 1400. King John used it as a secure treasury. Cromwell forced the surrender of the Royalist garrison in
1645. It was levelled and the stone used locally throughout Devizes and its villages by 1648.

The front photo shows sunset on the north side of Devizes Castle

The back shows the north east Tower above was built in red brick by at least 1716. It had a windmill on top for grinding snuff. William Leach of Hillworth House owned the mill in the 18th century as shown in his snuff advert.

The present Castle was built from 1830 and is a grade 1 listed privately owned building.

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Dimensions 1.78 × 1.27 cm


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