Posted by: travelrat | April 8, 2009


Yesterday, I went to Devizes on business. Or, rather, Lorraine went on business, and I went along for the ride, because I wanted to update my photo files.

Although it’s only about 25 miles away, I hadn’t been into the centre for over ten years, and was surprised how much had changed. But, one of the things I’d come to photograph hasn’t changed; the Caen Flight Locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal. And, there’s only a slight change to the other attraction, the Wadworth Brewery. It now has a Visitor Centre, where I was able to find out the location of the draught horses, which I wanted to video.

Yes, Wadworth’s still use horse-drawn drays for local deliveries. And, they also employ a sign-writer and a traditional cooper. That’s the reason for posting early, instead of letting it take its place in the ‘Trip Diary’ queue.

The cooper wants to take on an apprentice. So, if you’re interested, and live, or want to live near Devizes, have a look at

 For the pictures and video, you’ll have to wait a while. This picture is of an indoor flea market called The Shambles. And, no, it’s not a ‘shambles’ in the modern sense of the word … it used to mean an abattoir or slaughterhouse.



  1. I just love that the flea market is called The Shambles. That’s almost worth writing a story about. Looks like a lot of fun!

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