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Timeline - Devizes Civil War
Timeline - Devizes Civil War

The Siege of Devizes

Sue Davies
"The Parliamentarians attacked devizes down Morris Lane and there was the most bloody battle...."

St Johns pock marked by musket balls
St Johns pock marked by musket balls

Intrigue, secret agents and incredible bravery - it's the story of the Siege of Devizes and the Battle of Roundway Down during the Civil War.

In 1642 relations between the King and Parliament broke down and it was the military operations centred around Devizes that marked the beginning of modern warfare in England.

The bitter fighting and the civil turmoil experienced in the county touched every family and directly led to the forming of the British Army as we know it today.

Cannonball hole in St Johns church tower
Cannonball hole in St Johns church tower

The signs of conflict can still be seen around the town - from the Battles at Rowdeford, Morris Lane and Roundway.

Lietutenant Colonel Robin Hodges joined BBC Radio Wiltshires Sue Davies for a walk around Devizes for a sense of life over 350 years ago...

Take an audio history tour of Devizes with Lietutenant Colonel Robin Hodges and BBC Radio Wiltshire's Sue Davies...
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