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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.

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.  (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.

 

A number of options for change have been submitted to the Diocesan authorities and we hope for a response by the end of November 2018. They range from "Redundancy", through re-ordering, some build inside the church, most of the new work outside the church , through to the Cloister concept that was rejected by the Planners!

We have a Heritage Impact Assessment based on the Grading of Significance in the CMP for the whole church and churchyard, the interior and generic ideas for any external build.   

The timescale we hope to achieve is for planning discussions to be held with Wiltshire Council early in 2019 and to have a working event space by the summer 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