Devizes, located in Wiltshire, is believed to date back to 1080. It is believed that the original castle was constructed of wood and later burned during the early 12th century and was later rebuilt using stone. Over the years the castle has changed hands numerous times and has held some rather well known prisoners. Visitors will find there is much to see and enjoy while in Devizes as well as in the local area. There are ample shops, dining and entertainment options to be enjoyed in Devizes.
Devizes is a small English market town that is located within the county of Wiltshire. Wiltshire is located in the southern part of the United Kingdom.
The town of Devizes is the administration centre for the district council of Kennet and the town also falls within the county of Wiltshire. All three of the councils are concerned with the various different aspects of local government. The local government act was brought into force during 1974 and this stated that the town of Devizes was capable of being a municipal borough.
The town of Devizes has a population of about thirty thousand three hundred. These figures have been taken from the 2003 census, which shows that the population has grown over the two years since 2001; the population has grown by two thousand and four.
The town of Devizes makes up part of the parliamentary constituency of Devizes and Michael Ancram, who acts on behalf of the Conservatives, currently holds this.
The town of Devizes has a good educational structure and this consists of a single comprehensive school that is known as Devizes School. Devizes School has received special status as a sports college. There are also five primary schools, which are Nursteed, Potterne, St Peters, Wansdyke and Southbroom.
The town holds some annual sporting events, which include the canoeing marathon, which is an international event and takes places between Westminster and Devizes. The first contest like this was held in 1948 and the race was one of the first to be added to the marathon-canoeing calendar when it was first classed as a sport during the 1960's.