Our Vision

... to transform the historic Church of St Mary, Devizes, into a new vibrant building

Our Project...

The Church of St Mary the Virgin,  Park Street, Devizes, dates from the Norman times and is one of the most important buildings in the town, with the church tower a particular landmark. The building is listed Grade I, putting it amongst the top 2.5% of listed buildings in the country.

Over the last months we have had new plans draw up to illustrate the options for the future and these have been shown to the Diocese, Wiltshire Conservation, Historic England and the Church Building Council.  All there comments have been noted and these revised plans drawn up.  These plans are now being taken forward to Wiltshire Council as part of the planning applicatio process. It should be noted that any further reduction in facilites would not allow the Business Plan to go forward as envisaged.  The outline plans are shown lower down this page.


The budgetary cost for the internal changes, external building and professional fees, excluding fittings and equipment, is of the order of £1.5M   


Planning Application Documents


We are now in the pre-application phase in our journey to provide a new use for St Mary’s that has resulted from all the public consultations already carried out. This application is supported by a suite of supporting documents which are now available to see online.

Documents supporting the planning and faculty applications are listed in this table. Also available are the letters recieved following a meeting at St Mary’s in October 2019.

Click on the link to download, please note these documents may be in pdf / .xlx / .xlxs and .doc / docx file formats

To be added    Executive Summary – Chedburn Codd
Download       Business Plan descriptive document - StMFG
Download       Business Plan spreadsheet - the numbers - StMFG
Download       Conservation Management Plan - StMFG
Download       Historic Building Assessment - Matthew McMurray. A textual document
Download       Historic Building Assessment – Figures - Matthew McMurray, warning a very large file.
Download       Building Investigation – Demaus Building Diagnostics Ltd
Download       Ecological Assessment – St Mary’s Church July 1917 - Ecological Surveys Ltd.
Download       Archaeological Evaluation Report (Trial Pits) – Headland Archaeology Ltd
Download       Study St Mary’s Churchyard – burial activity - StMFG
Download       St Mary Devizes – Levels of Change - StMFG
To be added    Statement of Need- StMFG
Download       Statement of Significance – StMFG
To Be added    Heritage, Design & Access Statement Chedburn Codd

Any suggestions or questions can be addressed to

Background information to the recent design update

Download       Comments on the letters received from the CBC, DAC HE re plans of Oct 2019.  The comments come first, then the letters with paragraph numbers.


New uses within the multi-use concept
Café and refreshment services in conjunction with events 
Dance performances for an audience
Exhibitions and static displays, art, photography, sculpture 
Extension of Church functions i.e. hosting receptions after Baptism, Wedding and Funerals
Film shows
Office functions for charities, possible a volunteer led Tourist Information Centre
Public meetings
Theatrical performances
Plan of the 2019 design



Thanks to our Supporters

We wish to thank all the members of the public who continue to support us, and those wonderful event organisers who have choosen to use St. Mary for their shows and meetings. A special mention must go to The Invitation Theatre Company (TITCo) who had put on major shows for a number of years to sell out audiences, not least the recent " The Armed Man", 'Sister Act' and the classic 'War of the Worlds'.

The aim is to take St Mary's from a closed building to a much visited asset to the town instead of merely an interesting background view.


Quinquennial Report

The latest draft Quinquennial Report contains a large number of maintenance recommendations. The bulk of them relate to the inspection and renovation of the rainwater and drainage goods. The most expensive work will be on several areas of the roof, including the north aisle, the tower roof, associated with the lead work. Stone repairs are suggested to the statue of St Mary and its roof; likewise the topmost stone of the south west tower finial needs investigation. The metal work around the window glazing also needs attention. The most intrusive work will be the recommendation for a complete overhaul of the entire pew platform within the next two years.
The most urgent work in the churchyard will be a complete overhaul of the entrance gates and a safety check on a number of box tombs and gravestones.