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The Post Office, Hilmarton
Hilmarton is located in Wiltshire
 Hilmarton shown within Wiltshire
Population 746 (in 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SU020752
Civil parish Hilmarton
Unitary authority Wiltshire
Ceremonial county Wiltshire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Calne
Postcode district SN11
Dialling code 01249
Police Wiltshire
Fire Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Wiltshire
Website www.hilmartonparish.co.uk
List of places

Coordinates: 51°28′34″N 1°58′19″W / 51.476°N 1.972°W / 51.476; -1.972

Hilmarton is a village and civil parish in North Wiltshire, in the West of England. The village is situated on the A3102 between the towns of Calne and Wootton Bassett, and 2 miles (3.2 km) south of Lyneham.

The parish includes the village of Goatacre and the hamlets of Catcomb, Clevancy, Highway and New Zealand.

Church of St. Laurence
The Duke
Baptist Chapel

The Anglican village church of St. Laurence dates from the 12th century and has Grade 1 listed building status.[2] The church owns what is believed to be an original edition of the King James Bible from 1611, a rare document of which less than two hundred are known to still exist.[3] The Bible is no longer kept on site.

Hilmarton also contains a small Baptist Chapel and a Victorian inn called The Duke. There is also an old post office situated in front of the school, which stopped trading in the 1990s.

There are also a number of buildings to the north of the A3102 two of which have, in the past, served as vicarages but are now private houses.

There are two groups of dwellings on the Eastern edge of the village that were built in the 1950s and 1970s respectively.

Although the village has a history dating back many hundreds of years it was greatly transformed in the 19th century by the Poynder family who owned Hartham Park at Corsham. The family included John Poynder Dickson, 1st Baron Islington. The Poynders built a number of estate houses and almshouses together with a substantial school that is now a primary school.

Some of the older, pre-Poynder, buildings remain, including five thatched cottages dating back to at least the 17th century.

An extensive history of the village and the rest of the parish may be found in The Victoria History of the Counties of England published in 1970. [4]


  1. ^ "Census". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "List entry - Church of St Laurence, Hilmarton". English Heritage. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rare King James Bible found in Wiltshire village church". BBC News. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Hilmarton - from A History of the County of Wiltshire". Victoria County History. 1970. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 

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