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Devizes Castle

  • Earlier Houses: The earliest building on the site (the first house) was an 11th century motte-and-bailey castle built by Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury. This building, listed in "The Domesday Book," burned down in 1113 and was replaced, circa 1125, by the second house, erected by Roger, Bishop of Salisbury. The second house was visited by Kings John, Henry III, and Edward I. During the English Civil War the House was in Royalist hands; in September of 1645 Oliver Cromwell laid siege to Devizes Castle with 5,000 men and the defenders surrendered. In May of 1648 the House was demolished, per an order of Parliament, and its stone used locally for other structures. The remains of the second House (below the current [third] House) became a scheduled monument in 1953.

    Built / Designed For: Valentine Leach

    House & Family History: One of the two homes was listed for sale for £3,250,000 in 2019.

  • Architect: Henry Edmund Goodridge

    Date: Circa 1840
    Designed: Third (current) House for Valentine Leach

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  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 435
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Grade I

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: SEATED AT FIRST HOUSE: Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 11th century. SEATED AT SECOND HOUSE: Roger, Bishop of Salisbury, 12th century. SEATED AT THIRD (CURRENT) HOUSE: Valentine Leach, 19th century. Sir Charles Rich, early 20th century. R.J. Clappen, 20th century.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

    Ownership Details: Divided into two homes in the 1950s

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No