Our Vision

... to transform the historic Church of St Mary, Devizes, into a performance, arts and community space.

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.

A Conservation Management Plan April 2017 issue of CMP , 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.  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Please comment on this plan and add any other remarks that will help us achieve something of benefit to the Parish and the town.

The next task is to prepare a Heritage Impact Assessment based on the Grading of Significance in the CMP.  This can be for the whole church and churchyard, the interior and generic ideas for any external build.   

The timescale we hope to achieve is for plans to be submitted to Wiltshire Council by the end of 2017 and to have a working event space by the end of 2018.  This does assume no further problems arise!


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 '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.

Conservation Management Plan Statement of Significance

Statement of Need

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.