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Chilton Foliat is an attractive little village in the Kennet Valley in the extreme south of the Marlborough Downs close to the border of Berkshire and Wiltshire. The village has several period cottages, many of them thatched.


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Just outside the village is the Grade II* listed Chilton Lodge which was built in 1800. It replaced an earlier house a quarter of a mile to the north-west, which was demolished. Chilton Park Farm, a house in neo-Georgian style, was built on that site in 1940.

The parish church is St. Mary's which dates from c.1300 and was restored in the mid-19th century when the south aisle was added. The churchyard has an early 19th-century mausoleum to the Pearce family. John Pearce was a director, and later the governor of the Bank of England and a member of parliament. He lived at Chilton Lodge.

Much of the Kennet floodplain within the parish has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), owing to the presence of the rare Desmoulin's whorl snail. An area of water-meadow south-west of the village, Chilton Foliat Meadows, is also an SSSI for its diverse flora and variety of birds.

Chilton Foliat is on the B4192 Hungerford-Swindon road about 1.5 miles north-west of Hungerford.

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