Right on the western boundary of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the small village of Clyffe Pypard nestles at the foot of a low chalk escarpment. It is mainly a village of houses built in the 20th century with just a few period thatched timber framed cottages.

The name Clyffe appears to be derived from the ancient name of White Cleeve (or "Clive" in the Domesday Book) which refers to the chalk escarpment.

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The parish church is St. Peter's. The present building is a nineteenth century restoration of a mainly late fifthteenth century building. However the list of known vicars starts at 1304 and there is mention of a well-established Church on the same site in 1273.

There was substantial restoration to the church beginning in or around 1873/4 which was responsible for the North wall being rebuilt and the ground around the Church itself being lowered. 

Just to the south of the village above the chalk escarpment is the site of the former RAF Clyffe Pypard.

Clyffe Pypard is about 3.5miles south of Royal Wootton Bassett.

Images of Clyffe Pypard:
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