"CLIFFE PYPARD, a parish in the hundred of Kingsbridge, in the county of Wilts, 3 miles S. of Wootton Bassett, its post town and railway station. It passed to the Goddard family from Roger de Cobham, to whom it was granted in 1305 by Edward I. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury, value £450, in the patronage of H. M. Goddard, Esq. The church, dedicated to St. Peter, is an ancient structure with tower. It contains tombs of the Goddard family, and a monument to Thomas Spackman. The register commences in 1668. There are National schools. The manors of Thornhill and Broadtown were bequeathed by Sarah Duchess Dowager of Somerset, in 1686, for the education and apprenticing of boys, and a school for boys was endowed by Thomas Spackman. H. N. Goddard, M.A., is lord of the manor, and resides at the manor-house, an Elizabethan edifice."
[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]