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One of the most historic towns in the county of Wiltshire, Devizes history can be dated back to medieval, a history which is prevalent across this quaint market town. With more than 500 listed buildings and a large marketplace, Devizes is the perfect place for residents looking for a combination of history and a traditional British market town feel. Regularly featured in the top 10 market towns in the UK, Devizes is an incredibly popular location for people looking for a more relaxed way of life.
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Property in Devizes.
With such a distinct and long history of the town, Devizes has a fantastic combination of period properties alongside newer and post-war developments. In the past 5 years, Devizes has followed the national trend and has enjoyed a sustained period of growth (20%) in the average property prices across the town. In 2019, those looking to buy, or sell can expect an average valuation of £326,000.
In terms of individual property types, there is a distinct variation in property prices, simply due to the difference in properties available in the town. In Devizes, flats are sold for an average of £154,357 and a terraced house for £228,879. For a larger property, depending on size and age, detached properties range between £410,00 and £474,000, with semi-detached properties sold for an average of £261,147.
Schools on offer in Devizes.
Parents will be pleased to learn that Devizes has a good selection of primary and junior schools. Wansdyke received a ranking of ‘good’ during its latest Ofsted inspection, as did Southbroom and Nursteed.
Devizes School is the local secondary school, which also has academy status. Complete with a sixth form, the school is ‘good’ in the eyes of Ofsted. There is also a very popular secondary school down the road in Market Lavington which is ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features.
Families living in Devizes are also well placed to attend many of the private schools just a short drive away which include St Margaret’s and St Mary’s, Marlborough College, and Dauntsey’s.
What to do in Devizes.
Besides the fascinating history of the town, Devizes is the perfect base to explore the iconic sites of Stonehenge and Avebury, alongside a large amount of fantastic walking and cycling routes in the beautiful Vale of Pewsey. For those looking for things to do within the town, Devizes is known for its great sense of community and several renowned festivals throughout the year.
For shopping, Devizes is perfectly located for residents to easily travel to Bristol and Bath. In the town, the weekly food shop will not be an issue with three major supermarkets and a further one in nearby Melksham.
Excellent bus services are running through Devizes to local villages and Bath, Swindon, and Salisbury. Many of the buses make the most of the A361, A360, and A342, which are also handy for drivers. The A350 is just a short drive to the west, which connects to the M4 after driving through Chippenham.
Devizes does not have its train station. The nearest is a 20-minute drive away in Melksham or hop on the X72 bus. Services from Melksham run every two hours between Swindon and Westbury. Nearby Pewsey station runs a 70-minute service to London Paddington, whereas London Waterloo can be accessed from Andover or Grateley. Chippenham station can also take passengers to London Paddington, as well as Bristol (30 mins) and Bath (15 mins).