Devizes.. We find some useful advice for the young married couple.

We took the bus in to Devizes, about 4 miles form the campsite, this morning.

Devizes..The Old Swan Yard

Devizes..The Old Swan Yard

It is a pretty and old town, very much centred around the Kennet and Avon canal and home to the Wadworths brewery (factoid of interest only to beerheads…you know who you are).

St Marys, Devizes

St Marys, Devizes

There has been a church here since 1150.

The Shambles

The Shambles

There is a little market here selling bric a brac and other assorted interesting stuff.

Bric a brac stall

Bric a brac stall

Improving Literature

Improving Literature

I picked up this leaflet for Nia, from circa 1906, with some most valuable advice to the young (and older) married girl.

B25

There is also useful stuff such as suggestions on the selection of an appropriate husband ‘The kind of man to marry’ which I may have to share on future posts.

The Black Swan

The Black Swan

We slipped in to the Black Swan for lunch….stilton and red onion tart, and cheddar and ham sarnies, for me and the Missus respectively…very nice too. Washed down with a little Pinot Grigio.

Antiques for sale

Antiques for sale

The pub is owned by an antiques dealer and there are useful items all around for sale. I was tempted by a 1930’s metal turning lathe but this suggestion was turned down by the boss on grounds of impracticality.

Kennet and Avon Canal

Kennet and Avon Canal

We walked back along the canal.

Caen Locks

Caen Locks

These are the famous Caen locks, one of the longest canal lifts in Europe, built by engineer John Rennie in 1810 to take the canal up the steep hill at Devizes.

The Botox lock? What's going on here?

The Botox lock? What’s going on here?

Another Lock

Another Lock

Fishing

Fishing

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Rambling about Europe with the Kray Twins (Colin and Penny).

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16 comments on “Devizes.. We find some useful advice for the young married couple.
  1. sue marvel says:

    Thanks for setting off again Nia and Pete – so we can go with you! Where are you heading for in Europe this time? Bon voyage, Sue

  2. Rosie Pike says:

    Devizes looks interesting and now I know what’s been irritating Tony all these years! Are you planning to be in Nonancourt on Friday? If so we are meeting Liz from Paris again and have booked to eat at Hotel du Grand Cerf and you are very welcome to join us. Let us know and we will change the reservation to 5.

  3. Rosie Pike says:

    Hi Peter and Nia,

    That’s great! Looking forward to seeing you on Fruday x

  4. Jim Palmer says:

    Fascinating blog! As an SHO on the Bath rotation I used to rush out to Devises to do urology clinics in the cottage hospital. I now wish I had lingered for a nose around and a pint of Wadworths 6X. Where next we ask ourselves? Perhaps you should abandon France to the French and continue your tour of the West Country, we await the next blog with interest! J+V

  5. Sandra and Bob in Cabo says:

    WE’VE MISSED YOUR BLOG WE’RE GLAD YOU’RE ON THE ROAD AGAIN KEEPS US ENTERTAINED….IT’S NICE AND WARM HERE….XX

  6. Phil says:

    Hi Peter and Nia
    I have just stumbled across your blog – fantastic. I’m giving you a 2 week start then I will be hunting you down for one of those fancy coffees! We’re just selling a house, then will be loading up the van with diesel and departing Cornwall and heading for some Spanish sunshine 😉
    Bon voyage
    Team Tigger

  7. Kate says:

    Hello, we are watching too…have a great trip, while I try to explain to the aged P how to comment on your blog!

  8. Jenea Griffin says:

    Great post!

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