Hilperton (St. Michael)
HILPERTON (St. Michael), a parish, in the union and hundred of Melksham, Westbury and N. divisions, and Trowbridge and Bradford subdivisions, of Wilts, 1¼ mile (N. E.) from Trowbridge; containing 973 inhabitants. It comprises 1078a. 3r. 36p. The soil in the central part is a light black loam, and in the northern and southern portions a light-coloured sandy clay; both kinds are fertile, and produce good crops: the surface is varied with hill and dale, and the lower lands are watered by the Avon. Stone, chiefly for the roads, is quarried. The manufacture of fine broad-cloth and kerseymeres is carried on to some extent; and the Kennet and Avon canal, which passes through the parish, affords facilities of conveyance. A fair for horses, cattle, pigs, and pedlery, is held on the second Monday after Trinity. The living is a discharged rectory, valued in the king's books at £16, and in the patronage of the family of Long: the tithes have been commuted for £260, and the glebe comprises 27 acres. The church is an ancient structure. There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans.