Bishops Cannings

Church of St Mary the Virgin
Ponting's plan of the church, 1880s

Village and civil parish in the Vale of Pewsey in Wiltshire, England, 3 mi north-east of Devizes.

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River Avon, Hampshire

In the south of England, rising in Wiltshire, flowing through that county's city of Salisbury and then west Hampshire, before reaching the English Channel through Christchurch Harbour in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole conurbation of Dorset.

The start of the lower half, near Fordingbridge
The 17th-century navigation channel near Britford is still in water
Longford Castle overlooks the river
Hale Park
Breamore House

The western arm rises to the east of Devizes, draining the Vale of Pewsey, and is joined by Etchilhampton Water which rises in the Bishops Cannings area and flows south past Etchilhampton and through Patney.


Market town and civil parish in Wiltshire, England.

The Market Cross, built in 1814 to replace an earlier cross standing a little to the south
The Shire horses of the Wadworth Brewery are giving the public a ride but normally deliver beer locally
Devizes Town Hall
A flight of 16 locks climbs Caen Hill near Devizes, on the Kennet and Avon Canal
St John's Church
St Mary's Church
The church of St. James
St Peter's Church

Because the castle was on the boundaries of the manors of Rowde, Bishops Cannings and Potterne it became known as the castrum ad divisas ("the castle at the boundaries"), hence the name Devizes.

Vale of Pewsey

Area of Wiltshire, England to the east of Devizes and south of Marlborough, centred on the village of Pewsey.

The Vale of Pewsey as viewed from the east end of Etchilhampton Hill.

Larger settlements in the vale include Pewsey and Burbage with many smaller villages, the larger ones including Bishops Cannings, Etchilhampton, Urchfont, Chirton, Alton Priors, Woodborough, Milton Lilbourne, Easton Royal and Wootton Rivers.

Paul Methuen (diplomat)

Methuen painted posthumously by Adrien Carpentiers

Sir Paul Methuen (c. 1672 – 11 April 1757), of Bishops Cannings, Wiltshire, was an English diplomat and Whig politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1708 and 1747.

Bromham, Wiltshire

Village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England.

Bromham parish church
Chittoe parish church in 1976

The area was a detached tithing of the ancient parish of Bishops Cannings until 1883 when Chittoe became a separate civil parish, taking some land from Bromham; in 1934 the parish was merged into Bromham.

John Methuen (diplomat)

English diplomat, judge and Member of Parliament.

"The Rt Hon John Methuen as Lord Chancellor of Ireland", by Adrien Carpentiers

On his death John inherited the estate which his father had bought at Bishops Cannings, near Devizes.


Colloquial name for people from Wiltshire, a county in the West Country of England.

A 1903 postcard illustrating the legend
The Crammer, Devizes

Other accounts naming the village of Bishops Cannings 2½ miles to the north-east of Devizes, which has no pond, are explained by a change in the parish boundaries in 1835, which transferred the Crammer from that parish into the town.

Le Marchant Barracks

Former military installation in Devizes, Wiltshire, England.

Le Marchant Barracks

The site is within the town's built-up area but within Bishops Cannings parish, on London Road about 1 mi north-east of the centre of the town.


Hamlet and former civil parish adjacent to Devizes in the English county of Wiltshire.

Former Roundway Hospital, now residences

The civil parish was created in 1894; until then it was part of Bishops Cannings parish in the Potterne and Cannings hundred.

Southbroom House

18th-century Grade II* listed house in Devizes, Wiltshire, England.

Part of northwest front, 2018

The Southbroom area, south-east of Devizes town centre, was part of Bishops Cannings parish until boundary changes in 1894 and 1934 brought it into the town.