Parish church of St. Michael and All Angels
Hilperton shown within Wiltshire
|Population||4,284 (2001 census)|
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|EU Parliament||South West England|
Hilperton is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England, and is separated by only a few fields from the town of Trowbridge. The village is on the edge of Trowbridge, 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northeast of the town centre.
There are two main parts of the village:
- The old quarter, including the church, Hill Street, and the pub.
- A large area of new housing constructed from 1997, mostly called Paxcroft Mead, a district often mistaken as a suburb of Trowbridge. This estate is in the process of southward expansion and will meet West Ashton upon completion (scheduled for 2014). To the West of Marsh road is the village of Hilperton Marsh, a separate entity, which has a petrol station and stores, and leads to the village of Staverton and the Canal Road Industrial Estate part of Trowbridge.
Hilperton is an ancient civil parish with its own elected parish council. It is in the area of Wiltshire Council unitary authority, which is responsible for all significant local government functions.
Paxcroft Mead has numerous green recreational spaces and two fast food outlets, a card shop, a Budgens supermarket, a salon, a shoe shop, a pharmacy and a carpenter's. The Marston's Pub Company recently (2011) opened a pub restaurant, The Red Admiral, adjacent to the shopping area. There is a free house pub, the Lion and Fiddle, in the old quarter of the village on Devizes Road. The post office and general stores in the old quarter was closed in 2004, though a petrol station (including small shop) remains in place. The village hall on Whaddon Lane is the social hub of the older part of Hilperton, and the adjoining football pitch plays home to Hilperton United FC.
Crime and punishment
The village retains its blind house, and a set of stocks for the humiliation of criminals.
Hilperton is home to a mid-18th century limestone village lock-up known as The Blind House, a set of stocks, a green village pump manufactured by Lee Howl, a milestone giving directions to three nearby towns, and two elaborate Paxcroft Mead signs constructed in 1997. There are plaques commemorating a thousand years since Hilperton's entry in the Domesday Book, the village's win as "The Best Kept Village 2012", and a 1994 plaque commemorating the centenary of parish councils. The Paxcroft Mead Country Park is also home to three "People in the Park" benches, one of which commemorates the tenth anniverasry of the Paxcroft Mead Community Centre.
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- "Area selected: West Wiltshire (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 June 2010.
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