Hilperton

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Hilperton
Hilperton church.jpg
Parish church of St. Michael and All Angels
Hilperton is located in Wiltshire
Hilperton
Hilperton
 Hilperton shown within Wiltshire
Population 4,967 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference ST873590
Civil parish Hilperton
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Trowbridge
Postcode district BA14
Dialling code 01225
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Chippenham
Website www.hilpertonparishcouncil.org.uk
List of places
UK
England
Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°19′48″N 2°11′02″W / 51.330°N 2.184°W / 51.330; -2.184

Hilperton is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, England. It is separated by only a few fields from the northeastern edge of the town of Trowbridge and is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from Trowbridge town centre.

There are two main parts of the village:

  • The old quarter, including the church, Hill Street, and the pub.
  • To the south, a large area of new housing constructed from 1997, mostly called Paxcroft Mead, a district often mistaken as a suburb of Trowbridge.

In the west of the parish is the village of Hilperton Marsh which has a petrol station and stores, and is adjacent to the village of Staverton (a separate parish) and the Canal Road Industrial Estate (part of Trowbridge). In the north is the rural hamlet of Whaddon.

Local government[edit]

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.

Buildings[edit]

The small Church of England parish church of St Mary at Whaddon is Grade II* listed.[2]

Hilperton's parish church of Saint Michael and All Angels dates from the Middle Ages but was "restored" in 1852 by T.H. Wyatt.

Hilperton House dates from the 18th century and is Grade II* listed.[3]

Amenities[edit]

Paxcroft Mead has several green recreational spaces and a small shopping area with a Budgens supermarket and a pub restaurant, The Red Admiral. The old quarter has a free house pub, the Lion and Fiddle, on Devizes Road. The post office and general stores in the old quarter was closed in 2004, though a petrol station (with a 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 is home to Hilperton United FC.

Landmarks[edit]

Hilperton is home to a mid-18th century limestone village lock-up known as The Blind House,[4] a set of stocks,[5] a green village pump manufactured by Lee Howl,[6] a milestone giving directions to three nearby towns,[7] and two elaborate Paxcroft Mead signs constructed in 1997.[8][9] There are plaques commemorating a thousand years since Hilperton's entry in the Domesday Book,[10] the village's win as "The Best Kept Village 2012",[11] 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.[12]

Waterways[edit]

The Bristol Avon forms part of the northern boundary of the parish. Semington Brook flows through the parish to its junction with the Avon.

The Kennet and Avon Canal crosses the rural section of the parish and forms the western boundary of Hilperton Marsh, where there is a marina.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Hilperton at Wikimedia Commons