Clyffe Pypard

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Clyffe Pypard
Clyffe Pypard is located in Wiltshire
Clyffe Pypard
Clyffe Pypard
 Clyffe Pypard shown within Wiltshire
Population 289 (in 2011)[1]
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Swindon
Postcode district SN4
Dialling code 01793
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Wiltshire
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Coordinates: 51°29′10″N 1°53′53″W / 51.486°N 1.898°W / 51.486; -1.898

Clyffe Pypard is a village and civil parish about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) south of Royal Wootton Bassett in North Wiltshire, England.[2]

The parish includes the hamlet of Bushton, the former separate village of Bupton, and the ‘shrunken’ Medieval village of Woodhill. Bupton can be found at the South West corner of the parish of Clyffe Pypard and its name appears to arise from land owner William Bubbe, since variations of the name include ‘Bubbeton’ and ‘Great Bupton’. Bupton consists of farms and farmland, but back in the 14th Century it was a medieval village with many more dwellings than today. There was a small chapel and windmill at Woodhill in the 14th Century. The name Woodhill derives from a corruption of ‘woad’, as the location is a ‘hill where Woad grows’ – woad being a plant which gave a blue dye for fabric. [3]


The ancient name of White Cleeve (or "Clive" in the Domesday Book) refers to the chalk escarpment that traverses the parish.[4]

The Latin phrase at the Goddard Arms Pub, Cervus non Servus (the stag is not a slave) was the motto of the Goddard family, who owned the manor for many years.

Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, the German-born British scholar of history of art and, especially, of history of architecture is buried in the churchyard of St Peter.

RAF Clyffe Pypard[edit]

RAF Clyffe Pypard is a former Royal Air Force station which was located 4.1 miles (6.6 km) south of Royal Wootton Bassett, and close to the village of Clyffe Pypard.

The airfield opened in 1941 with grass runways measuring around 1300 yards and temporary accommodation under RAF Flying Training Command before closing in 1947 but was used after this date by RAF Lyneham for accommodation and the British Army for battle practice[5] until 1961.[6] The airfield is currently farmland with only a small amount of buildings left standing.[6]

Based units[edit]

No. 29 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) used the airfield for pilot training flying the de Havilland Tiger Moth with a satellite field at Alton Barnes.[5]



  1. ^ "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 20 November 2014. 
  2. ^ GenUKI
  3. ^ "The Village of Clyffe Pypard, Wiltshire: Bupton and Woodhill". Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Victoria County History: A history of the County of Wiltshire, Volume 9
  5. ^ a b "RAF Clyffe Pypard". Altantik Wall. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Clyffe Pypard". Airfield of Britain Conservation Trust. Retrieved 4 April 2012. 

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