Exterior, tower, second floor, W face. Photo: Derek Parker.

Image of the feature "Miscellaneous: Central Tower" at Devizes.

by Allan Brodie.

The central tower of the church is rectangular in plan and is decorated with two bands of decoration. The longer eastern and western faces of the lower tier are decorated with two blind openings, while the shorter faces have single arches. The arches have roll mouldings and a chevron decorated hoodmould. These arches now have Perpendicular tracery inside them. Beneath this band of arches there is a line of billet.

The upper tier has openings flanked by similar blind arches. The longer sides of the tower have five bays of decoration, three blind and two open. On the shorter faces there are three arches, two blind with one opening between.  Beneath this band of arches there is a band of geometric decoration, some of which is treated as rope moulding.

The blind arches have a vertical chevron pattern inside them. The arches are square in section and are decorated with a variety of motifs including roundels and beading. The abaci of the arches are treated as a continuous band. Inside these the openings have an inner order with rope moulded arches and inside them there are pairs of openings. The capitals of this band are a variety of scallops with occasional volute capitals.