A young man who lives in Devizes
has ears of varying sizes
They grow and they shrink
and you really would think
that he’d easily win many prizes
Devizes is a market town and civil parish in the centre of Wiltshire, England. It has nearly five hundred listed buildings, some notable churches, a town hall and a green in the centre of the town. The town developed around Devizes Castle, built by Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury in 1080, but it is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. 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.