Whaddon, Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°21′04″N 2°10′26″W / 51.351°N 02.174°W / 51.351; -02.174
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51°21′04″N 2°10′26″W / 51.351°N 02.174°W / 51.351; -02.174

Whaddon is a hamlet in the civil parish of Hilperton, Wiltshire, England.


The hamlet is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) northeast of the county town of Trowbridge. It is only accessible via Whaddon Lane which connects the hamlet to Hilperton.

The River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal, half a mile apart, define the natural boundaries of the hamlet. The river separates Whaddon from the village of Holt, and the canal separates it from Hilperton and Semington.


Archaeological finds at the current location of the hamlet indicate occupation as early as the Iron Age, lasting into Roman times. Under the name of Wadone, the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086, being held by a Saxon called Alvric, supporting two plough teams, and also having meadow and pasture.[1] The Saxons used wood both for building and their utensils, so they have left little evidence in the archaeological record, other than a possible fragment of late Saxon pottery found at the site. At that time, Whaddon included Paxcroft, now part of Hilperton; the total population would probably have been between 15 and 25.[2]

It is likely that the village was severely affected by the plague of 1349, and thereafter was a small settlement, with new houses built further away from the church.[2]

The village was on a road going from Trowbridge through Hilperton to Whaddon, and then alongside the River Avon to Melksham. By 1428, the population of Whaddon counted 10 householders; it rose to 36 in 1801 and further to 63 in 1821.[2]

Whaddon was anciently a separate parish but in 1894 was merged with Semington parish, and since then the population of Whaddon on its own has not been recorded. It was not until the late 20th century that Whaddon was united with its more natural neighbour, Hilperton.[2]

St. Mary's Church[edit]

The church of St. Mary the Virgin was built by the 12th century. It has a blocked 12th-century north doorway and a reconstructed 12th-century south doorway with a decorated tympanum.[3] The south door is made of two 14th-century oak panels with heavy hinges. In 1676–8 the chancel was rebuilt, and c.1778 pulled down and rebuilt again. The present chancel was built in 1879 because damage to the foundations, caused by the work of 1778, was responsible for cracks in the walls and roof damage. The church is Grade II* listed.[4][5]


  1. ^ Whaddon in the Domesday Book
  2. ^ a b c d "Hilperton". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  3. ^ "St Mary, Whaddon, Wiltshire". The Corpus of Romanesque Sculpture in Britain and Ireland. King's College London. Retrieved 14 May 2023.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Whaddon (1262296)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Church of St. Mary, Whaddon". Wiltshire Community History. Wiltshire Council. Retrieved 12 February 2015.