For the next week (Saturday 17th October – Friday 23rd October) we’re celebrating Devizes, as part of our 15 week #LoveLocalWilts campaign.
Over the next 7 days, we’re going to be putting the spotlight on some of the town’s amazing independent businesses. First, a little bit about Devizes history.
Devizes history is as far back as the Romans. Devizes castle was built in 1080. During the 12th and 13th centuries the town developed outside the castle with craftsmen and traders. The main products were wheat, wool and yarn. Cheese, butter and bacon came later. Devizes became widely known for its textiles.
In the early 18th Century Devizes held the largest corn market in the West Country trading in hops, cattle, horses, cloth. At this time brewing, curing of tobacco and snuff-making were established. From the 18th onwards Devizes textile industry declined but other trades such as clock making, booksellers, milliners, grocers, silversmiths began as well as a bell foundry.
Today Devizes remains a market town of history and is a popular place for tourists being close to Avebury, Stonehenge and Salisbury. The Kennet and Avon Canal also runs through the town which attracts many walkers and visitors who come to see the feat of engineering that is the Caen Hill Locks. Devizes Wharf is a lively place with canal boats, canoeists and beautiful scenery. You can check out things to do here.
See our Love Local Devizes Day 1 post here, where we celebrate local, independent chocolatier, Hollychocs.
Love Local Devizes is part of The Business Exchange’s Love Local Wiltshire campaign (#LoveLocalWilts). Over the next 15 weeks we are encouraging people to buy local, explore Wiltshire’s amazing towns and city and support the many independents which make this area so unique. Follow the campaign on social media #LoveLocalWilts.