Hilton is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is sited at an altitude of 135 metres in a small valley which drains chalk hills in the eastern part of the Dorset Downs. Since 1974 it has been located within the North Dorset administrative district, approximately 8 miles (13 km) west-south-west of the town of Blandford Forum. The summit of Bulbarrow Hill (274 metres) is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the village. In the 2001 UK Census the village had a population of 489.
Hilton used to form a part of the estate of the nearby Milton Abbey when it was owned by the rich Hambro family.
A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Hilton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:
A sketchmap of the rural district can be viewed at Blandford Rural District.
Dorset Research Tips
One of the many maps available on the website A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Dorset at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. The internal boundaries on this map are the rural districts which are indicated in the "See Also" box for the place concerned (unless it is an urban parish).
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