Civic History and Twinning

civic maces

The Council is proud of Devizes' history and actively seeks to maintain its civic history, a collection of historical artefacts and ceremonial duties. Devizes is twinned with Mayenne in France and Waiblingen in Germany.

Mayor's Message | Twinning

Devizes Town Council is fortunate, over the past 380 years approximately, to have acquired a fine collection of monuments, fine art, insignia and plate, of which we are justly proud.The collection of insignia & plates is on display at the Town Hall in the foyer. The full collection also reflects Devizes' twinning links with the towns of Mayenne in France; Waiblingen in Germany; Oamaru in the South Island of New Zealand and the city of Tornio in Lapland, Finland. See historical artefacts

Several other items of insignia & plate relate to the town's close association with the military, whose occupation of the various barracks in London Road was a feature of the life of Devizes for many decades.

Civic and ceremonial events are normally led or presided over by the town's Mayor, this includes such events as:

  • Annual Civic Awards Presentation
  • Inaugural Church Service
  • Christmas Festival
  • Freedom March
  • Mayor's Carol Concert
  • Remembrance Sunday Parade
  • Town in Bloom Presentation
  • Town's Twinning Event

Other town events that the Town Mayor or the Deputy Mayor often participate in throughout the year are community events and are usually managed by local organisations who work relentlessly to to bring enjoyment to the townsfolk and visitors alike.