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.  They have made a few comments and recommended that we talk to Wiltshire Council and other heritage bodies to discuss the external build elements of the plans.   

New uses within the multi-use concept
CafĂ© 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

The LEVELS OF CHANGE Options are:

Level 1 Redundancy.  Which we are trying to avoid.

Level 2 Re ordering the inside of the church.  This would make the church more comfortable but would not support the multi-use concept

Level 3 Reordering inside with external office and toilets.  This option has no meeting rooms and does not appear economically viable.

Level 4 Reordering the interior with an external build of meeting rooms, toilets and kitchen area.  This is the preferred option of the St Mary Future Group and supports the multi-use concept endorsed by the recent new use public forum. Two scheme ideas have ben put forward under level 4.

 Click for plan 4A and B. in .pdf format. Click for 4a in .jpg format Click for 4b in .jpg format. 

Leel 5 The Coister concept that was rejected by the planners. 

A business plan has been prepared to give substance to financial outcomes for levels 3 and 4.

 For an in depth analysis of these options then click for the Levels of Change document which gives an idea of what you get at each level together with  number of Pros and Cons.  Comments, questions and ideas on any St Mary Devizes document are always welcome. 

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A Conservation Management Plan  has been produced at the request of the Salisbury Diocese and a link to this is given.  It has been passed to a number of consultees including the Diocesan Advisory Board; Wiltshire Development (Planning & Conservation) ; Historic England; The Church Building Council; Devizes Town Council and Trust For Devizes.  We welcome responses to this document through the St John with St Mary Parish Office.  (). Please comment on this plan and add any other remarks that will help us achieve something of benefit to the Parish and the town.

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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.