Parish church of St. Michael and All Angels
Hilperton shown within Wiltshire
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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.
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.
Hilperton House dates from the 18th century and is Grade II* listed.
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.
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.
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.
- "Wiltshire Community History - Census". Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "List entry - Church of St Mary, Whaddon". English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
- "List entry - Hilperton House, Church Street". English Heritage. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
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