|Full name||Roy Palmer|
|Born||12 July 1942|
Devizes, Wiltshire, England
|Relations||Brother Ken, nephew Gary|
|Domestic team information|
|First-class debut||19 June 1965 Somerset v Cambridge University|
|Last First-class||15 September 1970 Somerset v Yorkshire|
|List A debut||30 April 1966 Somerset v Sussex|
|Last List A||13 September 1970 Somerset v Yorkshire|
Source: CricketArchive, 20 June 2010
Roy Palmer, born at Devizes, Wiltshire, on 12 July 1942, was a cricketer who had a relatively short first-class career as a player with Somerset from 1965 to 1970 and a much longer career as a first-class umpire, He stood in two Test matches in 1992 and 1993and in eight One Day International games between 1983 and 1995.
Devizes is a market town and civil parish in the centre of Wiltshire, England. It developed around Devizes Castle, an 11th-century Norman castle, and received a charter in 1141 permitting regular markets, which are held weekly in an open market place. The castle was besieged during the Anarchy, a 12th-century civil war between Stephen of England and Empress Matilda, and again during the English Civil War when the Cavaliers (Royalists) lifted the siege during the Battle of Roundway Down. Devizes remained under Royalist control until 1645, when Oliver Cromwell attacked and forced the Royalists to surrender. The castle was destroyed in 1648 on the orders of Parliament, and today little remains of it.
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