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View south from Roundway Hill
Roundway is located in Wiltshire
 Roundway shown within Wiltshire
Population 2,267 (in 2001)
OS grid reference SU019651
Shire county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Devizes
Postcode district SN10
Dialling code 01380
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Devizes
List of places

Coordinates: 51°22′05″N 1°58′51″W / 51.36806°N 01.980812°W / 51.36806; -01.980812

Roundway is a parish near Devizes in the English county of Wiltshire.[1]

Roundway is still a parish independent from Devizes, but housing development has continued northwards from Devizes over the parish boundary. In the census of 2001, the village had a population of 2,267. It is located in the north, east and southwest of Devizes, and on the north side lies off the A361, which passes from Devizes to Swindon. On the southwest side it is accessible by the A360, Salisbury - Devizes Road, and by the A342. The small hamlet of Roundway lies just to the north of this, towards the White Horse. The north part of Roundway provides a bypass from the north of Devizes to the west through Conscience Lane.[1]

Most of the land surrounding Roundway is used for agricultural purposes and to the north of Roundway is Roundway Hill, a popular place for walking and kite and model aircraft flying.[2]

Devizes White Horse[edit]

The village is home to the Devizes White Horse, a chalk hill figure of a horse that was created in September 1999 to celebrate the millennium. It replaces the white horse of Devizes (Snob's Horse) that was lost after 1845.[3]

Oliver's Castle[edit]

Oliver Cromwell fought at the Battle of Roundway Down in 1643 which was fought on the Roundway Downs, hence the alternative name for the Roundway Downs, 'Olivers Castle'.[1]

View of former Roundway Hospital now used as residences

Roundway Hospital[edit]

The village used to have a large Victorian psychiatric hospital serving Wiltshire until it was closed in 1995, after the decision to close it was made in 1989. The mental health services were transferred to a newly built Green Lane hospital in the south of Devizes.[1]

Roundway House[edit]

In the north part of the parish is Roundway House, a Grade II listed building that is the remains of the previous 18th century building in the previous Roundway Park. The property was last owned privately by the Colston family who sold it in 1948. It was demolished in 1955 leaving the stable block which was improved and is now used for social functions.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Wiltshire Community History - Roundway, Wiltshire Council, retrieved 9 April 2013 
  2. ^ Open Spaces, Devizes Heritage, 2013, retrieved 9 April 2013 
  3. ^ Devizes Millenium White Horse, Devizes Heritage, 2013, retrieved 9 April 2013 
  4. ^ Roundway House, British Listed Buildings, retrieved 9 April 2013 

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